Drua to visit schools in community tour

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Fijian Drua players at the team base in Nadi. Picture: FIJIAN DRUA/FILE

PLAYERS from the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua side will embark on its first-ever major community tour in the country to further strengthen the club’s links with fans.

Players will visit 17 schools along the Nadi-Rakiraki corridor from tomorrow and Thursday, engaging with students to generate more interest and involvement in the sport.

Fijian Drua chief executive officer Mark Evans said the club and players were excited be in the community to help develop grassroots rugby.

“We love being in the community whenever we can and are aware of the positive impact our players can have on younger fans,” Evans said.

“Alongside Fiji Rugby, we are committed to grassroots development and will use two days this week away from training to help share some skills and knowledge among various schools.

“This also brings us closer to the incredible fans who support us tirelessly.”

Evans said the community tour would have an exciting lineup of activities designed for rugby enthusiasts of all ages.

“Students and fans will have the opportunity to meet and interact with some of their favourite players while participating in skill-building clinics, and engage in fun-filled rugby-themed games and competitions.”

Several players will be at schools over the two days.

Tomorrow | Ba area: 9.30am St Teresa Catholic School, 1pm Namosau Methodist Primary School;  Ra region: 9am Drauniivi Public School, 1pm Ellington Primary School; Lautoka region: 8.30am Gurukul Primary, 10.30am Lautoka Andra, 12.30pm Lautoka SDA, 2pm Lautoka Muslim Primary, 4pm JRC Topline/Vitogo.

Thursday  Tavua region schools: 9am Tavua District School, 1pm Tagitagi Sangam;  Ra region schools: 9am Navunibitu Primary School, 1pm Malake Primary School;  Nadi region: 8.30am Nadi Airport School, 10.30am Namaka Public School, 12.30pm St Mary’s School, 2pm Sabeto District, 4pm Sabeto JRC