Children from around Rarotonga turned up in good numbers to take part in the fun and games that the sports for development programme had to offer.
Fifty children were treated to an hour of organised activities to keep them active and to also impart on them the fundamentals of living a healthier lifestyle.
The participants were divided into their respective age groups and were rotated around to get a taste of every sporting station.
Teamwork and the benefits of social interaction among children are best seen in sports and that was evident as they made new friends and had a good time during the festival.
“When children learn positive life lessons through sports, there is no doubt they will become honest, reliable adults who will try to help others in need at any moment,” said Just Play project manager Michelle Paiti.
“Due to the Just Play programmes vast reach, unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values, it is without a doubt kids sports are important for health and development on the island.
“The positive impact of participation in sport and active recreation on physical health is now well accepted.”
The sport for development programme, Just Play, is funded by the New Zealand government, Australian government, Football Federation of Australia, UEFA Foundation for Children and UNICEF.
- CIFA Media