The workshop was facilitated by Just Play’ project manager, Taku Niebo imparting knowledge and skills to workshop attendees on how to run the program and what is expected of them.
As part of the workshop the volunteers took part in practical skills on the field. With the theory session learnt, a small sided game using the skills taught.
Local media personnel turned up on the presentation ceremony on the final day on Friday when the participants received their certificates including sporting kits consisting of cones, bibs, balls to run of the program in their respective schools and communities.
According to acting President of Kimbe Soccer Association, Mr. Maha Waname who was also present at the workshop says private sectors and business houses are urged to support the program through sponsorships to clubs taking part in the competition as well as contributions of any kind towards the elite Just Play Program when the schools go through their six weeks monitoring period.
“I call up on all executives of clubs taking part in the competition to support junior soccer development concept of Just Play as I believe West New Britain has potential future footballers to contribute to the country with the latest overseas signing in David Muta who is currently playing in Sunshine Coast, Australia,” says Mr. Waname.
The initiative, which aims to promote physical activity among children aged 6-12, has been developed by Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in close collaboration with its 11 Member Associations including Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA).
With strong support from the Australian Government through its agencies the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), the ‘Just Play’ programme has covered three centres in the country starting in Port Moresby. Lae was the second to kick off the program followed by Kimbe who is the third to start the program after hosting a 2-day workshop at the provincial Kimbe University Centre.
In some instances club members may also be part of the program delivery team which will provide even greater opportunity to promote their club benefits to would be potential club members.