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Just Play- a success story on the Just Play Programme.

Following that several workshops with participants from selected school attending the workshop were held. They have covered 17 schools and two communities in Port Moresby alone.

The next phase will be about increasing the capacity of schools and communities to implement and manage Just Play as a long-term sports programme which will see the rolling out of the program to Lae, Goroka and Kimbe.

During the implementation of the program in the 17 schools, young talented players have been identified from children as young as 12 years of age to 15.

Such is that two students from one of the schools, Evedahana Primary School were identified and have been selected for the Under 15 category who will be joining other children in training for representative football. The two talented students together with other talented kids from the participating schools will be training under the watchful eye of the Just Play Development officers.

Unisa Waso, a thirteen year old from the Highlands region was identified during a Just Play weekly visit to her school when the Development officers recognized her potential when she led her fellow students during a small-sided game. She has developed a very positive approach and has being working hard in improving her football skills. She showed her dribbling skills during the Just Play Day by easily dribbles past defenders even the boys.

Another is Ben Debengi, aged 14 and comes from Morobe Province. Ben is the last from a family of seven and also attending Evedahana Primary. He too, like Unisa have captured the attention of the Just Play team and has also been closely being monitored by the JPP team.
It was evident from the several festivals conducted by the Just Play Team that the standard of football skills displayed by the children has improved since the first festival. Credit must go to the teachers and volunteers, who have facilitated the Just Play activities with their students

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