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Grassroots Football a big hit at Moataa

On Saturday 3rd July 2010 the program kicked off at 7:30am. Close to 100 children between the ages of 6-12 years of age participated. Moataa Community School teachers Rosie Solipo and Heti Leilua ran the ‘Just Play’ program with the assistance of FFS.
The ‘Just Play’ program is designed for children between the ages of 6-12 and is based around structured football activities. Equipment packs containing balls, cones, bibs, activity manuals and other resources were distributed to the village for the program. Also the two teachers from Moataa Community School who ran the program participated in a two day ‘Just Play’ course which was run and delivered by the FFS on the previous week.
The village of Moataa are known for their strong rugby history and for being the village where current Manu Samoa sevens star and captain Lolo Lui hails from. However instead of rugby, football was on the program for the day and it was obvious the kids were looking forward for the program to start.
When the program got underway, the children first participated in a warm up session with small-sided football games and drills following. Once this was done, the FFS volunteers arranged and organized a football festival, which was clearly enjoyed by all.
Reverend Doctor Taipisia Leilua who had organized the event was very pleased with the number of children participating, “I am very happy with the number of children here today and it’s possible that more children will come to participate over the next few weeks, especially once they find out about this program.”
On the ‘Just Play’ program itself Doctor Leilua added, “I think ‘Just Play’ is a very useful program for the development of our young one’s physically, mentally and spiritually.” He also added, “This has been a very good beginning and now I have seen that ’Just Play’ will be very useful for our children. We are planning on running this program for as long as we can; we are also looking at having this program for more than the six weeks given by the FFS.

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