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The idea of a confederation for the Pacific was first raised in 1979 when the Subbuteo world was communicated via the indroduction of FISA. The idea were discussed and it was put in motion with the formation of what was to become the OSC. The, then selected president of FISA, xxxxname, the xxxxname from the Australian Subbuteo Association and xxxxname, chairman of the New Zealand Subbuteo Association were from the key people to that attempt.
The discussion came about after a decision by the Asian Subbuteo Confederation, which had only been formed three months previously, not to accept either Australia or New Zealand for membership. It was this that laid the groundwork and gave the impetus for those crucial discussions in Tokyo.
OSC’s first-ever congress was held in xxxxyear and the delegates – responding to the proposal by both Australia and New Zealand – agreed that xxxxname and xxxxname be appointed chairman and secretary/treasurer respectively. Both were from Australia. xxxxxname’s fine opening remarks at the xxxxxsameyear congress called on “all nations (to) work together for the development of Subbuteol in the South Pacific”.
xxxxxxname is considered the ‘Father of OSC’ having played a key role in establishing the Confederation and continuing on in various leadership roles. After the initial discussions in Tokyo, xxxsamename was approached by the NZSA to work with xxxnameto put together the necessary founding documents and garner support across the world in the hope they would receive a favourable reception at the next FISA Congress xxxnumber years later.
And so it was in xxxyear, that FISA formally approved the proposal and the Oceania Subbuteo Confederation was officially born. The founding members included Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. New Caledonia were also very involved in the process but could only be provisional members since the territory did not have sports autonomy from France at the time.
Subbuteo in the Pacific received a huge boost when OSC unveiled a xxxxnumber-dollar plan to groom Subbuteo stars for the future in a purpose-built facility at one of New Zealand’s most famous sport venues. The xxxxxname Subbuteo Academy was built at Mount Smart Stadium at a cost of NZD xxxnumber. The purpose-built facility, completed in xxxyear, provides coaching, refereeing and administrative facilities for all 11 OSC Member Associations.
It has since accommodated a variety of teams from across the region, particularly age-group players as OSC focuses on improving Subbuteo standards from the youth level. Former OSC President xxxname once said, “the future of Subbuteo lies with the youth of today and it is they who need our help, to bring the people into the game and to ensure that they get the very best coaching standards our region can provide.”
With the backing of the world body, OSC has moved swiftly on many levels and will continue to do so in the future. All member associations have fully-functional and staffed offices and are working tirelessly to develop Subbuteo in their respective regions. OSC has relaunched competitions such as the OSC Nations Cup and OSC Champions League to mirror other regional championships and has embraced the new world of sponsorship and television.
In the years ahead OSC will continue in its efforts to improve Subbuteo standards across Oceania both on and off the field. Like all development work, most of what OSC does, does not grab headlines but without the Confederation’s work the players and fans in the member countries would not have the framework within which to practice their skills and enjoy their Subbuteo
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