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CIFA promotes Just Play Program

Just Play is a new social development grassroots football programme aimed at 6-13yr old boys and girls focusing on participation and FUN. It offers everyone the chance to play without discrimination and without the need for major infrastructures.
The programme which is being implemented throughout the Pacific Nations is the initiative of Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and is funded by the Australian Government (AUSAID) and UEFA.
Presentations and talks have been held with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health who have given their full support for this program which promotes Active & Healthy for Life.
A presentation will be made at the school principals meeting by Michelle Paiti and Jimmy Katoa, Technical Director for CIFA and they will explain in detail the concept of the Just Play Program to all Primary school principals in order for the program to be implemented.
As well as the schools this program also targets Community groups and the Just Play Team will train teachers, community group leaders and parents to be facilitators of this program.
The participating schools and communities will be provided with equipment, resources and ongoing support from the Just Play Team to help maintain this program.
CIFA has already implemented a similar programme (Come & Play) which has been running successfully for the last 3 years during the months of July and August held on Saturday mornings at the CIFA complex.
Katoa mentioned that the big plus about the Just Play Program is that schools and community groups will now have equipment and a coaching guide to help run their own fun football activities.
“I’m pleased that the program will include local community youth groups for the first time, it helps promote active lifestyles among our young citizens who come from disadvantaged areas or have limited access to clubs”, says Katoa.
CIFA’s “Just Play” team is looking forward to the pilot phase which they hope to begin with a facilitators course on the 7th & 8th March followed by the Launch of Just Play on the 9th while the program will kick off in schools and communities on Monday 14th March.
Michelle is the first female Project Manager for the Just Play Program throughout the Pacific Region and has attended a Just Play Instructors Course last December and recently attended a Seminar in Auckland at the OFC Headquarters with Managers from eight Pacific Nations.
“This is just one of football’s Social Responsibility initiatives throughout the Pacific Region. CIFA is grateful to have Michelle Paiti appointed as the Project Manager to implement this program”, says CIFA President, Lee Harmon.

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