Last year, PNG Football Association Grassroots Development program exceeded its target of 1000 students and successfully reached out to 7000 school students and communities in Port Moresby. The Program concluded with its Just Play Festival celebrating the Just Play Day in November late last year.
The Just Play program coordinated by the Technical Department will be out again this year for another year of engaging school children and communities in the grassroots program to use football as a tool to fight social issues affecting our children in the communities. The program will be rolled out to Lae in early March. Goroka and Kimbe in the same month.
To kick start the year a total of eleven schools in the national capital have been selected to be part of the program which will see 26 volunteer teachers from each school attend a two days workshop starting today and will end tomorow (Friday).
Participants during the workshop will go through sessions of learning how the program will run and also go through the football activities which will be used during the 1 hour sessions in their respective schools when the programme kicks off.
The first school for this year will see the Just Play team visiting them starting next week.
After a successful first yearin 2011, the aim now is to extending the program to the wider communities and strengthening the work of football in all areas where the program can go.
The workshop will also see the department handing over Just Play kits consisting of cones, bibs and balls for the school as part of the commitment of the program.
This year is expected to be more exciting with overwhelming demand from schools.