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Taurama inspired by Just Play

The Just Play programme which is funded by the Australian Government focuses on using football to support broader social development in youth.

Through designed football-related activities, children learn to develop healthy lifestyle habits, encourage gender equality, promote social inclusion, insist on sport for all and become confident in their abilities.

Children of ages six to twelve participated in an opening fruit salad dance led by PNG Football Association Technical Director, Taku Niebo.

They also shared poems and drawings of their favorite fruits which encourages participants to be health conscious and make healthy food choices.

Children also learned about respect and working together through short football sessions which promote gender equality, a key message of the OFC Just Play Program.

Australian High Commission Counsellor (Gender) Ms Susan Fergusson said that she was pleased with the outcomes the Just Play Program continued to have on youth as it encouraged positive behavior change at an early age.

The Just Play Program and content has been designed and developed by the OFC technical and social development departments.

Just Play is part of the Pacific Sports Partnership program funded by the Australian government, UEFA and UNCEF.

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