The annual Efate Secondary School Sports Association (ESSSA) games are now underway in Port Vila.
While national athletes are flying Vanuatu's flag in Samoa, the future upcoming athletes have begun their games with the football competition.
Secondary schools and senior primary schools (years 7 and 8) in Port Vila and around Efate will be competing in several disciplines such as football, volleyball, table tennis, petanque, basketball, netball and athletics.
The football competition kicked off on Wednesday and in the category B (under 17) boys games; Lycee Louis Antoine de Bouganville proved too strong for Ifira Bilingual Secondary School beating them by 3 goals to nil at Amical field while in the Category C (under 15) boys games at the same venue, 2 goals from Hosea Toby and a goal from Alex Masi and Jimmy Roy gave Seaside Community School a 4-nil victory over Pango Centre School.
Pango Centre School coach and grade four teacher, Hene Daniel told 96 Buzz FM Sports that despite the loss he is proud of his boys for bravely taking on their opponents.
Pango Centre School fielded a team mostly made up of grade 5 and 6 boys.
Mr Daniel also says that these days the ESSSA games are now better organized especially the football competitions since VFF has come in and provided a lot of assistance.
Pango Centre School girls also took on Seaside Community School girls in the later match in the same age category.
The score remained goaless at half time, however Daily Post went into print when the second half kicked off and could not obtain the final score.
These games are not just about giving the students an opportunity to compete against each other but also an opportunity for the new upcoming referees and lines men to use their new skills acquired during their ongoing training with the Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF) at the academy.
Football games continue throughout today at Amical field and the VFF Academy at Teouma.