Junior development lacking in PNG
Rugby Union BY FRANKIY KAPIN If you are over age don’t play underage but this ill practice is common breaching the duty of care in almost every sport in Papua New Guinea. In PNG, there is a concern of negligence when dealing with children and their participation in sports including development programs. It is also a challenge in PNG where there are many sub-standard competitions that are unregulated. And while junior development in sports is something lacking in PNG, every code needs to step up junior development or it’s a waste of time playing sports. On Friday, the Morobe schools rugby program celebrated 25 years of existence until 2018 and has been challenged to play by the rules and honesty moving on for many years to come ahead. Momase regional PNG Sports Foundation director Geoffrey Gideon made the remark in the post mortem of the Morobe Schools Rugby Development program end of the year review as well signifying 25 years of the development program in the Morobe province. Gideon said 25 years is too many years and frankly speaking he called on the teachers in charge who are as well the coaches of school aged children participating in sporting development programs like the Morobe Schools Rugby to seriously consider ethical practice and coaching by the law. Gideon said coaches’ code of ethics provides behavioral standards for teachers as coaches. He urged teachers as coaches to step up their competence level. “While we should be treated with respect and openness, self-improvement opportunities are matched with a level of coaching appropriate to their level of competence,” Gideon said. Gideon outline ethics covers respect, dignity for all, ensuring positive experience, fairness and honesty and professionally accepting responsibility for your actions as the coach. He added that committing to providing quality service, operate by the rules and spirit of the sport, avoid inappropriate contact and refraining from personal abuse and harassment towards athletes is necessary to skills development. He added as well providing safe training and competition environment and concern to sick or injured athlete. Development Manager Robin Tarere met with sporting heads of schools participating in the schools program in Lae and the outskirts of Lae City for the review and evaluation of the recent schools rugby carnival as well review of the program at the end of 2018. Tarere highlighted that since starting in 1992, over 50,000 primary and high school children have gone through the program, some are already parents and have their kids now coming through the program. Tarere said over the 25 years the program increased participation from four schools to now 40 schools from elementary, primary and secondary and is the greatest achievement for the program.