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Nikao Village Festival Encourages Hydration

The health message for the month is Hydration. Just Play Project Manager, Michelle Paiti and Public Health’s Karen Tairea are encouraging our young children to be physically active while also educating them on the important health messages and what drink is best for the body and brain.
Just Play Football will be teaming up with the Ministry of Health, Cook Islands Rugby, Cricket, Netball and Rugby League to provide an afternoon of fun games.
“This is a great opportunity for sporting codes to work together providing development and health through regular physical activity” says Project Manager, Michelle Paiti.
Visiting Holmesglen Institute who are in Rarotonga as part of a practicum will be participating in the Nikao Village Festival. They are all experienced coaches majoring in sports development who’s goals are coaching for a sporting future.
“All children boys and girls 5 to 13 years are encouraged to come and have lots of fun, laughter and activities at the successful festival” Paiti continues.
“It is an opportunity for the youth of Nikao to have fun with the five sporting codes and meet the visiting coaches from Holmesglen Institute” Paiti states.
The Village Festivals is a Just Play Football Community Initiative which provides all boys and girls between 5 and 13 years the opportunity to be physically active after school in their community through a variety of different sporting activities and to promote the awareness of non-communicable diseases.
Water will be provided during the activities but we ask that children wear hats or sunblock to keep them safe from the sun.
Paiti would like to acknowledge the other sports codes; Cook Islands Rugby, Cricket, Netball and Rugby League for partnering up to deliver this monthly event with health awareness and better lifestyles for our youngsters.
Paiti would like to acknowledge the continued support of Australian Aid for their continued funding of the Just Play Social Development Programme and also thank all our partners in the community initiative.

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