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Just Play Grassroots Programme

It was a fitting end to the day with the impromptu kick-about embodying the very premise of the Just Play programme: football can be played anywhere, anytime by anyone.

Fortunately the sun was out at the start of the day as St. Theresa Primary School students gathered to watch the trial Just Play Grassroots programme that took place at their school yesterday. With smiles beaming, the grade seven students gathered around to get instructions as Technical Director Mr. Taku Niebo gave them instructions on what they were to do.

Quickly the students fell into groups with boys on one side and girls on the other as instructed and the session started.

The girls went through their first session with dribbling and running with the ball while the boys played a bit of football game with assistance from Robert Sabadi, who’s also attached to Just Play Programme as a Development Officer. After few minutes of the session, they swapped over to see the boys do the dribbling while the girls played bit of soccer.

A pilot project has involved ten primary school around National Capital District including ten teachers from selected schools in Port Moresby before spreading out to other areas around Port Moresby. The official launch is confirmed for 25th of March, after the training course which will be conducted by the Just Play Manager on the 23rd and 24th this month with the instructors.

Just Play was developed by OFC in consultation with the Australian Government – through its agencies the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) – as well as Football Federation Australia (FFA) to promote physical activity for primary-aged children while encouraging community involvement and healthy living.

The programme will come with brand new equipment such as balls, cones, bibs, whistles and a manual with guidelines for 12 practical sessions to assist instructors.