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Teachers Expand Their Horizon At Just Play Course

The course is the tenth training programme Just Play has conducted in the Cook Islands since its initiation back in 2011.
Project Manager Michelle Paiti was impressed by the large number of participants joining in the course which started on Tuesday.
“I think schools and community groups on the island are starting to recognise the benefits of the Just Play Programme,” she said.
“It’s great for us and for them.”
During the course participants undertook both theory and practical sessions that would equip them with the fundamentals for running the Sport for Development Program at their respective schools and community gatherings.
Paiti noted how loudly keen the new facilitators were over the two days.
“They showed huge interest in the sessions we had inside the classroom and out on the field.”
On Day Two the facilitators had the opportunity to put learning into action by working collectively to provide a circuit of activities for 60 children who joined in for the practical session.
“The experience seemed enjoyable for everybody.” She added, “The facilitators were interacting well with the children and getting the key social messages across to the children well during activities, which was great to hear and see.”
Social responsibility is an important aspect of the programme and presentations were delivered by partners from the Ministry of Internal Affairs Gender and Disability divisions to explain to the facilitators the importance of key messages used within the Just Play Program.
“It is important our facilitators integrate social messages into their own programs so they help develop healthy lifestyle habits, promote social inclusion and gender equality with our children.”
All nineteen facilitators completed the training course on a high note, each developing a wide scope of the Just Play Programme and keen to carry out their respective sessions in their schools and community groups.
A certificate and bags of Just Play equipment were presented to participants as a result of finishing the training course which will assist them in their commitment to deliver the program.
Cook Islands Football would like to acknowledge the support of NZAID, AUSIAD, OFC, UEFA, UNICEF and all local partners of the Just Play Programme.

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