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Just Play review in Canberra

Nineteen participants from the Pacific Region including New Zealand attended the Instructors Course in Auckland where the instructors were given the opportunity to share and discuss the programmes current content being used while working through the new content to be introduced.
Following this each countries project managers then travelled to Canberra where they met to review and assess the programme with the Australian Sports Commission at the Australian Institute of Sports.
The group led by Oceania Football Confederations Head of Social Responsibilities Department, Franck Castillo included Project Managers from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Papa New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga and Vanuatu reflected on the programmes strategies and achievements to date.
For the project managers, the three day meeting in Canberra was certainly an eye opener which began with team management training and the review of the Just Play evaluation with special focus on gender equality and education.
Displaying their professionalism, the project managers delivered country reports and discussed Just Play developments in their respective countries with Martin Roberts of the Australian Sports Commission who oversees Australia’s Pacific Sports Partnerships and his team at the Australian Institute of Sports. Australia has an enormous commitment to development specifically in the Oceania region, and with the success of Just Play in the Pacific, the future certainly looks bright.
In Sydney the managers then met with Football Federation Australia again reporting their respective countries developments before then hearing presentations from the respective grassroots programmes running in Australia along with sharing of invaluable insights into their development.
Michelle says it certainly was a great experience and she looks forward to applying the new knowledge into the next phase of Just Play.

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