Field action from eager footy lovers who were happy to get out in the sun yesterday. 21100504,
Young and energetic footballers were glad to be out and about in the sun while on their school holidays for a good cause at the CIFA Complex field this week.
The football festival, named the ‘She
Shines Football Festival’, was held on Tuesday to raise awareness for breast
cancer with October being the official breast cancer awareness month. It just
so happened to be a perfect opportunity for parents to bring their little ones
out of the house to the field to support the cause and play some football.
The kids were kept happy and preoccupied
on the field while parents supervised from the sidelines in the shade. The kids
were separated into age groups with the field sectioned off into separate areas
of different football activities which rotated every 15 minutes to ensure each
group had a turn with a certain activity. Prizes were given out at the end of
each round to top players.
Six-year-old Raizel Siason
Tatuava had a blast on the field, proudly running to her grandmother Helen
Tatuava who was stationed on the sidelines snapping photos.
“I scored two goals so I won
two more bags!” she proudly exclaimed, handing her prizes swiftly to her
grandmother before turning to run back quickly into the game.
Patia-Brogan, the festival organiser and Cook
Islands Football’s women’s development officer said: “I’m pleased to see
that parents have shown their support for breast cancer by bringing their kids.
The purpose of the festival is to promote football and give the young ones
something to do on a hot day with the school holidays just recently kicking
off, while at the same time showing support for breast cancer.”
Eyes on the prize, little ones line up to have a go at scoring a goal. 21100507
The older kids had the challenging task of playing on their knees and were all giggles as they rolled around trying to score a goal. 21100508