AN Accreditation Course in Rugby League will be conducted in Kokopo this weekend as the PNGRFL continues its development programs for the game.
Fifty-two participants which includes 10 Digicel Cup referees plus six (6) ENBRL Referees, ten (10) Digicel Cup Coaches and Trainers and 16 National Development officers will gather in Kokopo this week for the two-day course, which starts on Saturday.
Three Australian accredited trainers with extensive experience will conduct the course. Run under the Team Kumul Program, through funding from PNG LNG, PNG Power, Air Niugini and NGCB, the course is expected to upgrade the knowledge and skills of the Papua New Guineans who attend the event.
Kumuls head coach Mal Meninga will arrive in Port Moresby on Wednesday and be in Kokopo to assist with the course as well.
PNGRFL National Competitions Manager Arnold Krewanty and National Development Manager Toksy Nema, who were just appointed to those positions last week, will also be at the course.
Krewanty said the course was targeted at those involved in the Digicel Cup for now but later extended to affiliated leagues throughout the country.
He said 14 development officers who have already been notified individually will also attend the course so that they are equipped as best as possible with the latest information in relation to the game.
PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka and CEO Brad Tassell have said in separate statements that the focus has been on the SP PNG Hunters in recent tbut now that program was now on a solid foundation attention will strategically be shifted on to the other six programs.
The six programs are 6 to 12 years (PNGRFL in partnership with Australian NRL/AusAID; 13 to 18 years (Schoolboys); 19 to A Grade; Digicel Cup; PNG Hunters; Kumuls/International Fixtures.
The course comes at an ideal time to get all the officials ready and switched on for the Digicel Cup kick-off, which is scheduled for next month.