Yesterday afternoon the Just Play team visited Vabukori a traditional Motuan village in the Moresby South electorate which is known as a volley ball-devout village in Port Moresby.
The Just Play team made a break through to have fun with the kids using football as a tool to address issues affecting them.
Just Play operations manager Micah Kaneng said he was a bit hesitate visiting the community but upon arrival, he was so impress to see kids coming out in numbers to participate in Just Play activities.
The community has a reputation for playing volleyball but this will now be a thing of the past, with the introduction of Just Play, a football program to engage the children, giving them the opportunity to excel in life and at the same time learn basic football skills.
The Vabukori village kids show their enjoyment of the OFC Just Play program and it was a fun-filled afternoon which sees girls given the opportunity to develop different skills, change perceptions and become confident in their abilities.
OFC and PNGFA through the Just Play program are committed to growing soccer at the community and school levels throughout were treated to organised activities to keep them active while also learning the fundamentals of living a healthier lifestyle.
Just Play is part of the Pacific Sports Partnership program which is funded by the Australian Government, New Zealand Government, Football Federation Australia, UNICEF and UEFA, focuses on using football to support broader social development in youth through designed football related activities.
Children also learn to develop healthy lifestyle habits, encourage gender equality, promote social inclusion, insist on sports for all and become confident in their abilities.