The grassroots social development programme, which focuses on participation and fun, is designed to help educate all children of the Pacific in four key areas of health, gender, inclusion and protection, in an effort to improve their lives for the future.
Theory and practical sessions were part of the programme in which participants were enlightened on the sport and the programme’s social objectives. They also learned about ways to deliver the key social messages and activities in fun and creative ways to capture the children’s imagination and attention, as well as the use of the monitoring and evaluation tools.
On day two, the participants were given the opportunity to put into practice what they had learned with further practical sessions.
This was a key part of the course which gives participants the confidence to deliver and adapt activities to different age groups.
Thirty children from around Oneroa braved the cold conditions to take part in the fun activities offered by the programme.
Just Play kits full of equipment needed to deliver the programme were presented to participants to allow them to run activities with confidence as they now have the resources to deliver over the following months and beyond.
Instructor Michelle Paiti said all the participants had grasped the overall concept very well and she looked forward to updates and feedback from the coordinator in Mangaia.
Following the course, all Mangaia Primary School pupils were given a taste of activities to come, when Paiti presented equipment to the school before delivering activities for each class.
This sport for development programme showcases how football can help contribute to change for better lifestyles for the nation’s children.
“We would like to knowledge the continued funding and support to this programme from the Australian Government (AUSAID), UEFA, OFC, and UNICE,” said Paiti.