We are in the festive season and we all know what it means. Fun games, making new friends, free food, prizes & giveaways and enjoying a day out from home was one of the highlights of Football Federation Samoa Christmas festival that was held yesterday evening at its main grounds.
Concluding this year’s activities, FFS combined three development programs as a token of appreciation to thank the parents, registered clubs and children who participated in Fun Football, Development Centres and Just Play Program. This is the first time FFS has combined three programs into one festival.
FFS CEO Sarai Bareman talked about the use of football as a way to bring the children together in a safe environment to celebrate the festive season “The kids have been working hard all year in the various programs and we wanted to give them a fun, safe activity to finish the year off and wish them a happy Christmas. We have provided buses for transportation and healthy food and snacks as well as giveaways, prizes and of course, football. It’s a great way to top off a great year”.
Fun Football, is a grassroots program designed by FFS in 2009 to introduce the children between the ages of 5-16 to football skills such as dribbling, passing, heading and shooting.It’s a free to register and runs throughout the year on Mondays and Wednesday’s from 3.00-5.00pm (after school).
Just Play, is a football programme designed for children between the ages of 6 to 12 years old which is being implemented in primary schools and communities across the Pacific region. In Samoa it was introduced in May 2010 and has since been able to reach over 17,000 children.
Nine clubs have been involved in the program for the past six weeks from Alamagoto, Faatoia, Leauvaa, Magiagi, One Way Wind, Vaiusu, Vaitele Uta and Vaimoso.
The Development Centres are an FFS Technical Department program which provides high level coaching for talented youth who are identified in the National Youth League. It runs twice a week for 10 months a year and is for Boys and Girls at Under 12 and Under 15 age level.
As part of the festival there, presentation of certificates to the club coaches that were part of the FFS Just Play coaching education program.
The top players from the development centres were also rewarded with prizes going to the most valuable player and most improved player. All the children present were gifted a santa hat and healthy snacks to wish them well for the Christmas season.
FFS activities will resume in late January.