During the second Just Play Festival held today at the Sir John Guise Stadium, a good turnout of children from the fifteen participating schools who have been going through the six weeks implementation programme were present to be part of the festival.
Before starting the program a warm welcome speech was made by the program manager, Mr. Niebo who thanked all the teachers for their effort in implementing the elite programme in their schools.
Also present on the occasion were parents who showed up to give support. That is how we could work together as a community to stop social issues affecting the innocent kids in our communities.
The enthusiastic children took part in the organised game of football where each school had turns to play while the parents cheered for their children despite the hot Port Moresby mid- morning heat. The special children taking part in the program were the children from the Port Moresby Special Education Centre and the Cheshire Home kids who also presented an item in front of the other able school children.
The excited children played against each other for about two hours and completed the the festival with each students taking part in the festival.
After the celebrations, the children assembled and presented with a set of Just Play equipments consisting of rings, a soccer ball and bibs. At the end of the programme each school were winners of the day, walking away happily with a prize to finish off the programme with light refreshments served to them by their teachers and parents.
Just Play Manager Taku Niebo thanked the parents and teachers for their support and contributions towards promoting the Just Play Program in their respective schools and hope that the kids and parents will work together to reduced the crime in the city.
Just Play is an initiative by Oceania Football Confederation and PNG Football Federation in partnership with the Australian Government, Australia Sports Commission and UEFA