The OFC Just Play programme is taking communities and schools by storm with its work teaching young children the basic skills of football while encouraging community involvement and healthy living.
After its launching in Port Moresby last year, the programme has recruited volunteers who assist in running Just Play around the country.
It’s moved from strength to strength running football programmes in schools and now focusing on children in areas where they are more vulnerable to social issues.
The Just Play programme has so far engaged five development officers who visit communities and schools each week. As part of the programme, the volunteers will be going through various training to enhance their knowledge in running Just Play throughout the country.
Of the four officers, Development Officer Janet Toiveguwa will be attending a Just Play seminar which will be held at OFC headquarters in Auckland from the 6th – 9th of this month.
Janet will be the second of the Development Officers to be part of the workshop after Robert Sabadi attended last year’s meeting.
The purpose of attending the course is for the participants to broaden their knowledge in any changes that may have taken place around the Pacific and also how trainings are conducted.
Participants from all the eleven OFC member associations will be in attendance and will be provided with the opportunity to develop and hone their skills.
Along with classroom theory sessions and exercises, the Officers will be required to run through practical coaching and educational skills on the pitch in a series of drills involving children.