FFAS CEO: Ask what you can do for your association

The tsunami of Sept. 29 has trumped all activities for the year 2009 in my view as it damaged the foundation of all our competitions and tournaments — our field.
However, that does not mean we are going to lie down and wait for someone to come and pick us up.  We must do that ourselves and we, the staff and I, with the support of our president and executive committee, have been doing that since Sept. 30.
To all our club members, I challenge you to ask what you can do for your association and not what the association will do for you.  It is a mantra I declare to my staff week in and week out.  So if we all work together with these words in mind, we will continue to go forward in leaps and bounds.
The tsunami aside, it was a great year competitions wise:
Competitions one after the other compared to other sports in American Samoa
The first ever business tournament under FFAS was a success with 9 teams with more clamoring to join in on the next one
A very competitive competition for the elementary school division
A marked improvement in the Junior Varsity division of high school soccer and a large number of very talented players in the varsity for both boys and girls
Very, very competitive games from our national players
We did not rest all year and we do not plan on resting in the next year as we have a calendar full of events from workshops to courses to competitions.  The majority of my staff will be traveling in the new year to workshops and courses to better their knowledge in their respective fields, especially in early January.
First-and-foremost, our U-20 women’s team.
Coached by Ruben Luvu and assisted by Rita Simi, we will be sending 17 of our best young ladies to the OFC U-20 Women’s Championship New Zealand 2009 that will be held at North Harbour Stadium from Jan. 21-25.
They are working and training very hard six days a week and I ask for your support and prayers as they prepare to take on New Zealand, Tonga and the Cook Islands.
Here are some of the highlights for the training our staff will undergo in the New Year:
Executive Committee member Silasila Samuelu will be heading to a workshop as the FFAS Referee Development Officer in January
Referee Instructors Uinifareti Aliva and Lemusa Alatasi head to a instructors course
Terrence Sinapati will become the first FFAS Referee Fitness trainer after he completes a course in January
Media Officer Brian Vitolio heads to NZ for a workshop and to meet the 10 other Oceania media officers and then goes on to Tahiti for video & editing training with Tahiti television professionals
Coach Instructor Ruben Luvu heads to Fiji for another coaching instructor course
These are just some of the training our staff will undergo to ensure they provide you with the best service possible.
As for competitions, we will have our very first FFAS Futsal tournament in February at the ASCC gymnasium.  There was a Futsal tournament at the same place a while back but that was under the Normalization Committee.
The DOE girls’ high school league kicks off in January and for now, those are our upcoming competitions as the executive committee still has to approve our calendar for 2010.
But suffice it to say it will be another full year with an outdoors competition, another business tournament, our annual Summer Youth League, elementary division and then the closer, our National League.
All of our games will be filmed by our staff and shown on Moana TV.  In our partnership with Moana TV they are in talks with Mai TV from Fiji to show all 64 FIFA 2010 World Cup Games South Africa!
A huge thanks goes out to CCCAS General Secretary Rev. Samuelu Tialavea for allowing us use of the Kananafou field.  That is going to be our home until our field is back to normal, and I believe it will be sooner rather than later.
I would also like to take this time to thank FIFA and OFC for their support and help as well as our president and executive committee.
Our President, Iuli Alex Godinet, and the executive committee are getting weekly reports from me and it is a great pleasure for me when they rubber stamp all of the reports they receive.
Remember, ask not what the association can do for you but what you can do for the association.
This is your sport, your passion so show it with all you do and all you can give.

Happy Holidays,

Tavita Taumua


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