The Papua New Guinea Football Association will be launching the Just Play program scheduled to take place on 7th March 2011. A pilot project is due to kick off with 10 schools in NCD already showing interest and it is expected to be successful. There are also 23 teachers all ready to be part of the programme when the program kicks off in March.
Just Play is a grassroots programme which promotes physical activity for primary-aged children while encouraging the community to involve and live a healthy lifestyle. Just Play’s targets are children aged 6-12 and is based around structured activity programmes as well as the distribution of equipment packs containing balls, cones, bibs, activity manuals and other resources that enable children to play football at any time and in any situation.
The programme comes under its own funding sponsorship by AusAid and UEFA through OFC. Out of a total of eight participating countries, five have already gone into their second phase of the programme while Samoa has its programme in its third phase. Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Cook Islands are yet to roll out the programme which is planned to launch beginning this year.
The training of the participating teachers is scheduled to kick off from the 1st- 3rd of March 2011 before the launching take place on the 4th.
Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands have already launched the programme and has proven very popular amongst the children.