USPSFC team in their new jersey with USP Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra (centre).
The University of the South Pacific Staff Football Club (USPSFC) is faring extremely well in the 2017 Business House Football League having been unbeaten in the last five league games against highly competitive teams such as Motibhai, Land Transport Authority (LTA), Digicel, Coca-Cola and Cope Construction. The result constitutes four wins and a draw positioning USPSFC at the top of the points table with 13 points at hand.
The team comprising USP Laucala campus staff from a wide variety of Faculties, Sections and Departments within the University has been representing the University in the corporate competition for the past three years, with progressive results seasonally.
USPSFC is managed by an effective Committee that works towards ensuring the sustainable operations of the Club through the season on and off the field.
The morale of the self-funding team was further boosted with the presentation of new uniforms by Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP on 22 April, 2017 before its most recent league game against Cope Construction, the defending champions of the competition.
Professor Chandra, while presenting the new uniforms to individual players mentioned that “it is encouraging to see that staff of the different sections within the University are committed towards sports activities and representing the University in competitions with other external entities”.
He added that “this commitment towards sports is essential for healthy living and also for developing a sense of commitment, responsibility and unity amongst the University staff community”.
President of USPSFC, Mr Iresh Lal thanked the Vice-Chancellor and President and said that the club members are elated by the presentation of the new jerseys and the words of encouragement.
“The team is committed towards being good ambassadors for the University at the competition and displaying that USP staff have the attributes to not only excel in work, but also in the sports arena”, he added.
The new jerseys for the USPSFC has been bought through the fundraising initiatives by the Club and the financial contributions from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Chandra reassured the club members that USP is committed to ensuring that such voluntary initiatives and commitment by staff are supported by the University and as such, his Office will continue to support USPSFC as it has done in the past.
The team defeated Cope Construction in the last league game by three goals to one (3-1) making a statement that the University is seriously working towards ending on a high note in the current league season.
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