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Village Festival travels to Ngatangiia

Just Play Football will be teaming up again with Cook Islands Rugby, Cook Islands Netball, Little Athletics and Cook Islands Cricket to provide an afternoon of basic skills, fun games and keeping active for boys and girls 6-13 years of age from in and around Ngatangiia.
Since its first gathering in Tupapa from around 40 children who participated that day, Puaikura, in particular Rutaki so far has exceeded the number of participants with over 80 children attending the village festival.
“We would like to challenge the children from in and around Ngatangiia to see if your village can beat Rutaki’s number of attendance to the village festival on Wednesday,” says Michelle Paiti, Just Play Football Project Manager.
“Last month’s affair was a huge success and I along with the other sporting codes would like to see more of our children come along and enjoy an afternoon of being active,” she says.
The Village Festivals is a Just Play Football Community Initiative which provides all boys and girls between 6 and 13 years the opportunity to be physically active after school in their community through a variety of different sporting activities while receiving important health message to improve their lifestyles.
“5+ a day” is this month’s health message. The Ministry of Health’s Nutritionist Karen Tairea recommends that five fruits and veggies be eaten a day for both adults and children.
“Keeping our children active and healthy is one thing however these messages also need to be encouraged and supported through to our parents.”
The Lifestyle Expo is set to take place at the Muri Meeting House from 6-7pm for our parents and the wider community to become better informed about health choices and physical activity.
This program instigated by Just Play Football Project Manager, Michelle Paiti with the assistance of the Ministry of Health’s Karen Tairea in March following the promotion of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Awareness Program to keep Cook Islanders Active and eating Healthy.
The village festival will continue to take place throughout the year, moving to a different village of the three Vakas each time.
Paiti would like to acknowledge the other sports codes, Rugby, Cricket, Little Athletics, Netball for partnering up to deliver this monthly event with health awareness and better lifestyles for our youngsters.
Michelle acknowledges the continued support of the Government of Australia – through its agencies the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

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