Manihiki embraces Just Play programme

Thursday October 05, 2017 Written by Published in Other Sports
Just Play participants pose for a group picture. 17100405 Just Play participants pose for a group picture. 17100405

The remote island of Manihiki fully embraced their opportunity to receive the Just Play programme recently.


Both principals of Ruamanu School and Tukao School along with their teachers took part in the two day training course held on Wednesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 21.

Day one was held in the village of Tukao where participants became familiar with the concept and objectives of the Just Play programme through theory and practical sessions.

On day two, the teachers and senior students of Tukao made the journey across the lagoon to the village of Tauhunu for the more fun part of the training course, the practical sessions with children, where key messages were shared in a variety of ways and sessions were adapted to challenge the different age groups.

In wrapping up the two day workshop, project manager Michelle Paiti encouraged the participants to take ownership of the programme and be part of the change in helping to improve the lives of the children in the Cook Islands.

Certificates, resources, equipment and hula hoops were then presented to the participants before handing over to the students of both schools.

“We are blessed with fantastic support for Just Play that enables us to continue to reach more and more of the children of the Cook Islands,” says Paiti.

“Meitaki Korereka to all those who shared the amazing pearl paradise.”

The Just Play programme is fully funded by the New Zealand and Australian Governments, Football Federation Australia, UEFA Foundation for Children and UNICEF.           - CIFA Media

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