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Schools prepare for football festival

CIFA’s technical department staff Tuka Tisam, Tahiri Elikana and Anthony Samuel will be visiting schools around Rarotonga, coaching the children with the basic skills of football, improving the skills of those who participated last year and concluding with fun games.
“Our kids here on Rarotonga are natural athletes so it is easy for them to pick up new techniques however, we are here to guide them at these coaching sessions,” says Tuka Tisam.
“We tend to see the improvements on the senior children though the younger ones are inclined to follow suite of the older ones which we hope will help develop their football skills and techniques at our every visit,” he says.
The school program will run till the end of Term 1 starting with the very successful Primary School Round Cup for Year 7 & 8 (Form 1 & 2) students and wrapping up with the one day tournament for students in grades 4, 5 and 6.
Form 1 & 2 students from Avarua, Nikao, St Joseph’s, Arorangi, Rutaki, Te Uki Ou, Akateimia Imanuela, Takitumu, Papaaroa, Avatea, Titikaveka and Nukutere take part in the weekly visits and will surely use the opportunity to polish and improve their football skills for the tournament.
2012 Senior Boys winners Avatea will certainly look to buff up their performance this year if they are to retain the cup for another year while almost coming close to claiming the title last year was runners up, combined school Te Uki Ou/Imanuela will be working hard this year as will the other Primary Schools taking part in the competition.
Whilst in the Senior Girls division, three time champions Avarua will look to retain the round cup trophy for another year while 2012 runners up Arorangi will be gearing up for another run for the title along with the other Primary Schools.

The Senior Primary School Round Cup competition is in its fourth year and has proven to be well-liked with the children and teachers while more and more parents and supporters are taking the time to cheer the children on game days.
“It is always good to see teachers involving themselves in the activities on our visits, it motivates the students and they have fun while learning football,” says Tisam.
The Senior Primary School Round Cup is played after school at the CIFA complex in Matavera over a period of six weeks starting on Wednesday 6th March with the finale on Wednesday 10th April 2013 and the One Day Primary School football tournament is played the week after.