Who is Involved

Franck Boivert

French national, based in Suva, played his rugby in Perpignan, France. Teacher specialist and head coach for Stanford University rugby. Fiji Rugby Union development officer. IRB licensed trainer.

Franck's has cherished the idea of setting up a Rugby Referee Academy most particularly for indigenous Fijian youth. This is the subset in Fiji's society that is most at risk. Particularly with respect to rugby though, which Fiji considers it's national sport, Franck saw an opportunity to provide valuable skills and training for these youths by teaching them to become qualified rugby referees.

Fiji Prisons

Sgt. Sevuloni Naucukidi, is the Fiji Prisons correction officer that made the connection between this project and it's transformation into a vaiable prison rehabilitation programme, is. Having been involved at trying to instigate this project unsuccessfully in the community in which he grew up, Sevuloni realised that the same programme could be applied and brought into Fiji's prisons, particularly in the minimum security 'youth' orientated prison based out of Nasinu.

Society in Transition

Dr. Robin Taylor, is one of the co-directors of a Fiji based non-government organisation called Society in Transition. As a cross cultural psychologist, he has been making the link between the referee training programme and the mental skills set acquired, more explicit.

Refereeing is a Life Skill (copyright Society in Transition)