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Huge turnout at holiday festival

A FREE bus pick-up and drop off was organized for children at allocated locations around Rarotonga and saw two buses packed with keen junior footballers descending onto the CIFA complex.
Following on from the successful turnout of almost 160 children at the first activity, a record 176 children joined in for the morning activities.
The technical department and the Just Play programme together with coaches and volunteers taught the children the importance of education, physical activity and healthy living, as well as basic football development.
Michelle Paiti, the Just Play Manager for CIFA, was delighted with how the day unfolded and says the progression of the festival ran smoothly.
“It has been such a great day to see both fields full and buzzing with action,” she says. “I must thank the coaches, volunteers and Puaikura U-17 boys for giving up their times to help deliver fun activities for the kids.”
The children were aged between four and 13 years old and were divided into age-groups to participate and rotate around various football drills, fun activities and games with each of the coaches.
At the end of the festival, Paiti took time to speak with the children about their experiences playing football and reminding them of the importance of gaining a good education.
The children were treated to a galore of fresh fruits before departing on the bus to end the second day of fun football.
Just Play is a unique grassroots programme which promotes physical activity for primary-aged children while encouraging community involvement and healthy living.
Cook Islands Football acknowledges the support of AusAID through the Just Play programme which continues to provide opportunities for all children boys and girls to participate in fun activities for their development.
“We would like to say a Big Meitaki Maata to all the children who turned up as well their parents for encouraging them to attend.”

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