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School Holiday soccer captures enjoyment

Very enthusiastic boys and girls arrived at the CIFA complex keen to take part in the school holiday fun soccer program featuring a variety of just play and grassroots sessions throughout the morning.
Despite the overcast weather and windy conditions, the fun school holiday program captured almost ninety young boys and girls who were very active throughout the two hours of fun games and activities on the pristine CIFA pitches.
Running a rotational system to give all the youngsters who were put into their age groups an opportunity to participate in the mixture of fun, activities and games on offer brought a lot of fun and laughter as they made new friends.
Just Play Project Manager Michelle Paiti was delighted with the turnout of youngsters who were ready and willing to have a go at all the fun soccer activities.
“The participation was exceptional from all those who turned up. The youngsters cheering their team mates, having fun and ‘high fiving’ each other which was good to see,” she said.
The duo program ‘Just Play’ and ‘Come & Play’ combined to provid a morning of fun excitement for the young boys and girls.
“Just Play and Come & Play are programs designed for the development of young children through participation and encouragement. Teachers and volunteers play a major role in the delivery of these activities for the children,” Paiti says.
“You don’t get the impression that they are playing sport, just that they are having fun.”
Paiti would like to thank the volunteers who joined the CIFA technical department to deliver the fun soccer program to the young boys and girls on Thursday.
Developed by the OFC social responsibility and technical departments, Just Play is designed for children aged 6 to 12 and promotes physical activity while encouraging community involvement, healthy living, gender equality and disability development.
Cook Islands Football – Just Play would like to acknowledge the support of the Australian Government – through its agencies the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

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