Apart from football skills children also learn life skills to become responsible citizen growing up.
OFC has worked closely with the Australian Government – through its agencies the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) – UEFA and Football Federation Australia to implement the programme across the Pacific.
On Wednesday the Just Play team visited June Valley Primary School to play some fun games with forty kids in order to strengthen the program. The JPP team was there at the school as early as 8:00 in the morning to do set up to prepare for the kids to come out.
The program started at 9:30 with the children collecting rubbish as it is part of the program to promote social responsibility. This was followed by a warm up and ball feeling with many touches of the ball. The forty kids were then divided in to four teams of ten players a team which they went through skill practice with basic passing dribbling and shooting skills.
Following the skill practice they went into playing small sided games to practically demonstrate the skills they went through during the training with the coaches. The program ended at 11:00 with the kids having fun and enjoying the activities with the JPP team.
A JPP Facilitator who is a teacher in that school Mr. Kila Babaga acknowledge the assistance given by AusAid to this program and have seen that this program not only motivates the kids to participate in sports but also doing well academically in class. ”I want to see Just Play involve more children and schools to address social issues using football to build safe communities,” said Mr Babaga.