Current PNG Kumuls and SP Hunters Team Manager, Arnold Krewanty is the new Manager of Coca – Cola National Schools Rugby League.
PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau made the announcement at the signing of the five (5) year agreement with Coca – Cola PNG Ltd as naming rights of the National Schools Rugby League in Port Moresby on Tuesday this week.
“Arnold joined the PNGRFL in 2012 as part of the NRL Bid program,” Rau said. “In 2013 he was appointed Game Development manager.
“He became the first Team Manager of the SP PNG Hunters when it entered the Queensland Intrust Super Cup competition in 2014,” Rau said.
Rau said the investment by Coca-Cola PNG and other partners into the development of our Juniors both male and female between the ages of 12 to 18, is critical at this stage for the growth of the game in the country.
“We must establish this foundation and we have every confidence in you to meet the challenges that lay ahead in 2019 and beyond to develop this pathway for our Juniors,” Rau said.
The former Kumul (No. 105) said it was an honour to be part of this exciting new journey.
“I and many other former Kumuls came through the Schools program in the 1970s when we played rugby league as part of the schools competition,” Krewanty said.
“It was exciting to attend school in those days because we played sports- rugby league, cricket, softball etc – if we went to school,” he added.
He said the PNGRFL policy that those youths who want to play rugby league must be in school will be enforced. Krewanty said the appropriate registration and affiliation and all necessary documents will be prepared and sent to the schools as soon as the school year begins.
“As the CEO said, we want to make sure that the proper processes and requirements are met before the schools begin their competitions,” he said.
Krewanty thanked PNGRFL for the appointment in this new role. “I will give it every ounce of energy and commitment to ensuring the Coca-Cola National Schools Rugby League Program produces not only a pathway for good rugby league players but generally, an educated and good individual and citizen of PNG,” he said.
“I wish to thank Coca-Cola PNG for this investment and together with those partners still to come assure you all that this is the start of an exciting journey for every Papua New Guinean child,” Krewanty said.
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