Scores of children took part in the Just Play village festival on Tuesday 13 march 2018. In total 92 children, a nice increase of 7% from the previous festival held in this area and we have seen a consistent increase each time.
Taking part in the various sports-themed events as the young ones lucked in with beautiful sunshine covering the field.
Youngsters aged four to twelve years spent more than an hour at the Takitumu school grounds in Matavera where they were treated to a jam-packed afternoon of different activities throughout the rotations.
Run by organizer Michelle Paiti the sports for development program gave the children the opportunity to take part in a variety of sports including soccer, athletics, badminton, and cricket.
The sports hour always has a social objective and this month was no different, celebrating International Women’s Day it was key to remind the children of the important role’s all our Mama’s, mothers, aunties and sisters play in our community and that we must respect each other and show our appreciation.
It was fantastic to see so much support from the parents who all stayed to watch their children says Paiti
Just Play is a sport for development programme which provides young people with an opportunity to take part in physical activity in a fun environment to steer them towards a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Everyone had a wonderful day as the weather held out.
Our appreciation to the New Zealand Government , Australian Government, UEFA Foundation for Children, Unicef and all our local partners for their continued support.