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Just Play programme continues to grow.

The Programme started in 2010 specifically for children between the ages of 6-12 years old with an aim to encourage physical activities and healthy lifestyles amongst young people through football.
An agreement between MESC and FFS was signed in May 2010 to collaborate in the development of this programme in Samoa.
The programme is funded by the Government of Australia, Oceania Football Confederation and Union of European Football Associations.
Throughout the second school term, the Football Federation Samoa Just play team visited 24 schools in Savaii to assess the progress of the programme as well as to provide assistance to the teachers in running the programme during their Physical Education period.
The monitoring and evaluation process culminated with four Just Play festivals combining schools from the Faasaleleaga 1 & 2 and Itu o Tane 1 & 2 districts. FFS Vice President Reverend Laupama Solomona and Executive Member Palota Asiata together with the Just Play team attended the festivals in Savaii to conclude this terms activities.
The first festival took place on Tuesday 25 June 2013 at Saleaula Primary School for the Itu o tane 1 district schools.
The festival started with a prayer by Archbishop Talaga Alofipopo followed by a keynote speech from FFS Vice President Rev. Laupama Solomona.
The second festival was for the Itu o Tane 2 district schools and took place at Samauga Primary School in which 5 schools took part. The key note speech for this festival was delivered by FFS Executive member, Palota Asiata.
The second festivals took place on Wednesday 26 June 2013 in the morning for Faasaleleaga No.1 district schools at Prince Edward Park at Iva.
This festival saw the participation of approximately 400 students from six different schools. The second festival for the Faasaleleaga No.2 district schools took place at Puapua Primary School.
Lynette Laumea Faaiuaso, FFS Just Play Project Manager stated that this programme “gives our young ones a chance to play and learn about football. It also gives them the opportunity to be good in sports especially if they are not so good with school.”
She also said that she is very happy with the number of children participating and her team are hoping to expand the programme to other Districts in Savaii for the next six months.