By KEVIN TEME
The future of any sport in the country depends on proper junior development pathway and structures.
For football, Hekari Football Academy is leading the way to ensure a well structured junior program is taught at their school.
One would wonder what formal school as its mentioned but it is a practical soccer training sessions conducted by current PNG International and Hekari United Football Club players including their head coach Erickson Komeng, captain David Muta, Daniel Joe and senior players from Hekari FC.
“It is good to see our own Hekari FC boys giving back to their country by helping these kids that want to learn and know the art of playing soccer at an early age. I am truly humbled and am so happy to see a lot of these kids who they see some of these players as their role models and the turn up in numbers every Thursday to learn soccer is truly encouraging for me,” a proud owner of the Hekari Football Academy Vonnie Kapi Natto said.
After a short break from the National Capital District Public Servants Soccer Association’s grand final, the Hekari Football Academy is set to continue its coaching and training session for kids from three (3) to 17 years old this Thursday at the Sir John Guise Stadium.
Owner and director of Hekari Academy Vonnie Kapi Natto checking the lines of the children while PNG International and Hekari United FC captain David Muta follows closely.
HFA Director Vonnie Kapi Natto who is also the president of NCDPSSA confirmed that the coaching and training for the youths that are in the Academy will start this Thursday.
“Yes, we will start again this Thursday before we allow the kids to go for a break soon,” Mrs. Kapi Natto said.
It is believed Kapi Natto has plans to extend the Hekari academy to other parts of the country in the near future.
“Certainly it is my dream to extend this to other centers of this beautiful country. Like I said before that PNG has a huge potential in soccer if we start developing these young kids and we will not only develop kids here in Port Moresby, I want to extend out to other centers as well,” Kapi Natto said.
Kapi Natto said by next year, she will be engaging Solomon Island International futsal head coach to head the junior program and will travel to various parts of the country to establish the Hekari Academy.