Big turnout for Just Play in Matavera

Tuesday June 06, 2017 Written by Published in Soccer
About 90 children attended the Just Play village festival in Matavera. 17060223 About 90 children attended the Just Play village festival in Matavera. 17060223

Almost 90 children turned up at the Matavera School grounds for an afternoon of fun filled sports activities on Tuesday this week.


The Just Play village festival programme consistently provides quality, educational stations and fun for children in a friendly atmosphere.

Offering several opportunities, the festival was divided into sport-themed zones and delivered five sporting activities along with an important social message. The activities were delivered by the staff and volunteers from football, athletics, rugby, gymnastics and cricket.

They did extremely well catering for the large numbers continually rotating through their organised areas. Activities that employ and teach safe and inclusive play are tools to improve children’s lives.

Through play children explore, invent and create. They also develop social skills, learn to express their emotions, and gain confidence about their own capabilities.

“Care and Protection” was the social message for this festival with the key message delivered by Annafaye and Eddie from the Child and Family Welfare division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Sport can be used to promote a safe and protective environment for children and to teach young people how to solve conflict in a non-violent manner. Just Play’s Village Festival messages are to encourage positive change for the next generation to succeed in life.

CIFA acknowledges and thanks Pacific Spring for their regular support with water assistance and slap bands, and the local partners in delivering this community initiative. 

The Just Play Sport for Development programme is funded by the New Zealand Government, Australian Government, Oceania Football, UEFA foundation for Children and UNICEF. 

            - CIFA Media

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