Interested local and overseas players are being encouraged to join the Cook Islands under-21 squad for the World Youth Cup to be held in December 2021. Pictured is Avatiu youngster Mele Poaru. 20031613
Young and talented Cook Islanders show interest in representing the country at the upcoming Under-21 World Cup.
Cook Islands have received a couple of completed applications in the short time
it has opened its under-21 trials for the World Youth Cup, says assistant coach
World Youth Cup which has been postponed twice due to Covid-19 will now be held
from December 1-19, 2021, in Fiji.
says they have also received a number of verbal interests with athletes
preparing footage before completing the formal application form.
management is expecting more applications in the coming weeks.
says the programme is open to both local and overseas athletes, as they need to
prepare for the ever-changing travel restrictions due to the Covid pandemic.
for this tournament in these expectational times has required our coaching and
management team to think outside the square,” Will said.
be preparing a full squad based in Rarotonga, in case New Zealand or Australian
border restrictions prevent travel and we also need to do something similar in
New Zealand/Australia in case the Cook Islands border remains closed.”
the Cook Islands is an amazing experience, says Will and playing for the U21s
at this pinnacle international event is the first step to their international
are committed, self-motivated and wanting to represent your family and country
on the international stage now or in the future, then we’re here to support you
on that journey and would love to see an application from you.
experienced great performances in Cook Islands netball in recent years, through
our national squad and previous U21 squad from Botswana, so it’s important that
we continue to grow and develop more talent to maintain or improve our international
ranking well into the future.”