More than 500 students took part in the inaugural Primary School Soccer Sister’s festival from the 29th to the 31st October 2018.
The participating schools are active members of FFS Grassroots development program Fun Football which caters for children from ages of 5 to 15 with the aim of giving young players the opportunity to develop basic football skills. This was the first year the festivals has been run at specific schools and this was seen as a way to further reinforce the relationship between FFS and these primary schools who have supported the fun football program all year.
FFS Technical Development Officer Mike Saofaiga was pleased with the turn out and the outcome of the 3 day event. “Girls participation in our Fun Football sessions within their schools has been less than their male counterparts, so its very pleasing see the positive turn out from them at event and seeing the enjoyment they are having” he said.
The girls were split into their classes from year 1 to year 8 and coached in football activities and small side games.
The participation of young girls in these festivals is a testament to the efforts of FFS to address the gender in balance identified with participation numbers in football. It is hoped the initiative will help encourage more girls to keep active and enjoy the beautiful game of football. The festival held over the last 3 days was a good opportunity as well for FFS to promote and educate participants on cancer awareness as October is the dedicated Cancer awareness month in Samoa.
With the support of the FIFA Women’s Football Development Program and the OFC, FFS was been able to give out Pink t-shirts and 50 soccer balls for each participating schools as well as lunch for all the girls who attended the 3 days festival. The Festival closed with free give away and prize giving.
The next Soccer Sister’s festival is scheduled to run in Savaii in December.