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Aitutaki Embrace Just Play

They delivered a van load of equipment to schools and communities and putting on festivals within the schools.
The Just Play grassroots social development programme was embraced by the island of Aitutaki with the schools and communities taking part in this phase three of the programme.
Seventeen teachers and community leaders attended the two day course held at Araura College Hall from schools and communities around the island with an outstanding 16 female participants taking part to become facilitators for this programme which focuses on Fun and Participation.
During the two day course participants took part in theory and practical sessions before getting the opportunity to deliver what they had learnt to more than 50 girls and boys who had turned out for the afternoon session.
Children and facilitators were all enjoying themselves and it was very hard to get them all to finish the activities, happy children and exhausted facilitators were seen departing the fields at the end of the session.
Following the training course festivals were then organised at each school with the Just Play team assisting the new facilitators to deliver the programme for the larger numbers within their schools. With regular water breaks and rotation of activities the children were really enjoying the variety of activities provided.
Just Play Kits full of equipment required for this programme were then presented to the schools new facilitators and principals to allow them to continue delivering the programme throughout the next six weeks and beyond. Also gifted to each school and community were a large number of Hula Hoops for use within their respective areas.
“The response and support shown by the principals, facilitators and children was very positive and pleasing and I am confident that Aitutaki will be successful in implementing this programme,” Michelle Paiti says.
“We would like to thank Air Rarotonga for their assistance in discounting freight costs to transport all this equipment to Aitutaki prior to the start of the course,” she says.
The facilitators will be provided with on ground support in Aitutaki as well as ongoing support and guidance from the Just Play team in Rarotonga.
We would like to acknowledge the continued funding of this programme from the Australian Government (AusAid), UEFA and Oceania Football Confederation (OFC).

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