JUNIOR development is one of Wau Soccer Association’s priorities for its season this year.
President Shem Farrock said he was glad for the first time to receive the Just Play programme in his association.
Fourteen teachers from the little mining township participated in a two-day Just Play workshop last Thursday which ends on Friday with a mini festival.
The Just Play programme aims to eradicate violence’s of all forms in the society and the best place to start with is the kids.
Farrock said sports has the power to change a person either physically, mentally or socially and with Just Play, kids will be natured to be better citizen of their society and more importantly become role models.
“Using soccer as the best possible avenue, younger kids from the age group of six to 12 have come out to enjoy this programme and it has been a success.”
Just Play Operations Manager Micah Kaneng was pleased to see the eagerness of the kids to play during the mini-festival.
He said Just Play programme is trying to reach out to kids at this early age in a more different way to ensure that the programme impart good values into their life such as humility, commitment, respect, honesty as well as promoting healthy living.
Just play started in 2011 reaching out to thousands of kids in the country with this year marking its sixth on which the drawing line is now focus on every kids in Papua New Guinea.
This programme is more than football alone and it will help change mindset of the younger generation and also give them a reason to play soccer.
The OFC Just Play Programme was developed and implemented by the OFC Social Responsibility department alongside key partners the Australian Government, New Zealand Government, UEFA Foundation for Children, Football Federation Australia and UNICEF.