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MESC and FFS signs ‘Just Play’ agreement

CEO for MESC Galumalemana N. Petaia signed the agreement together with FFS CEO Mr. Frederick Young.
‘Just Play’ is designed for children between the aged 6-12 and is based around structured activity. Equipment packs containing balls, cones, bibs, activity manuals and other resources are distributed to schools, which enable children to play football at anytime and in any situation. ‘Just Play’ has been designed and funded by the Oceania Football Confederation and the Government of Australia. This program has also already been lunched in Tonga and Vanuatu.
School Teachers and volunteers will be receiving training by OFC in cooperation with FFS to provide and teach students on how to develop game skills and lead healthier lives.
MESC CEO Galumalemana explained that the ‘Just Play’ program “is a learning opportunity for young children which provides them with quality education through fun sporting activities. Children will be able to learn in a less formal and confining classroom setting by learning outside on the field where there are more open spaces. It also provides teachers with new perspectives when it comes to teaching children”.
MESC Assistant CEO for Sports, Luatua Seumanutafa S. Epati added: “The ‘Just Play’ program compliments the Physical Education curriculum in the primary schools and the Ministry were really looking forward to signing the agreement.”
The ‘Just Play’ program will be launched in mid-June 2010. Following the official launching, FFS will start the process of training teachers from selected government and private schools. These teachers will then be able to implement the program at their respective schools.
FFS CEO Mr. Fredrick Young commented: ‘”The implementation of the ‘Just Play’ program will be a big step in the development and growth of football in Samoa. The Federation is looking forward to working closely with schools in collaboration with MESC to ensure the sustainability of the sport in Samoa.”

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