October 2, 2023

OFC assists Kiribati

The Oceania Football Confederation has begun assisting Kiribati with football on the island.

A match at Bairiki National Stadium in Kiribati. (Photo credit: KIFA/CONIFA)

Previously, Football in Oceania has reported on Kiribati and fellow non-OFC member Tuvalu being welcomed back in the fold as associate members of OFC. This will give them an annual grant of NZD 30,000.

“As Associate Members, KIFF and TF will be invited to take part in some of our development programmes and will receive technical assistance from the football division”, OFC General Secretary Franck Castillo told Football in  Oceania in March.

Now the confederation’s Football Development Department has begun assisting the Kiribati Islands Football Federation (KIFF).

“Our staff are delighted to be assisting Kiribati football communities with equipment and we are also poised to commence our online workshops to assist KIFF with capacity building,” OFC Football Development Manager Paul Toohey said.

“Throughout October and November we will be working with coaches, teachers and volunteers via a series of workshops in futsal and grassroots football.”

Since September the refereeing department of OFC have been working with their KIFF counterparts on online workshops.

“The Kiribati participants have been very enthusiastic with a very positive attitude to the education and training being provided to them”, OFC Head of Refereeing, Kevin Stoltenkamp, said.

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