OFC is committed to growing football at community and school level throughout the Pacific. To this end, OFC has developed a unique grassroots programme
called ‘Just Play’which promotes physical activity for primary-aged children while encouraging community involvement and healthy living.
‘Just Play’ is designed for 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 anytime and in any situation.
Volunteers and teachers, who are trained by OFC in cooperation with its Member Associations, provide tuition for students on how to develop games skills and lead healthier lives.
‘Just Play’ certificates and equipment bags are handed out at the at the end of each course.
The initiative is led by OFC Head of Social Responsibility Franck Castillo, Technical Coordinator Emmie Sope and Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator Supriya Kulkarni-Padhye.
The success of the ‘Just Play’ programme is based on key partnerships.
OFC works closely with the Government of Australia, the New Zealand Government, Football Federation Australia, UNICEF and the UEFA Foundation for Children.
OFC also works closely with the Member Association, department of education and local community leaders wherever possible.