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Just Play strives for improvement

”Being able to evaluate the effectiveness of the various aspects of the programme we are then able to refine our approach and be more direct in our delivery.”
”It is very much a participatory process and I believe everyone should be on board from volunteers on the ground, to our donors and stakeholders as we are
all committed to making Just Play as effective as possible.”
As a group the project managers developed the Just Play Logic Model which will serve as a reference that will help with understanding the relevance and importance
of M&E to their Just Play teams.
While Tonga’s Palu Úhatahi has not been in the role as long as some her colleagues she has quickly adapted to the position and has made some excellent in roads with her
implementation and running of the Just Play Programme.
“From this training I learnt that M&E is not only for monitoring and reporting, it is a tool we can use to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of Just Play in our country,” she says.
”The workshop has equipped us with the right tools to take Just Play to the next level with the help of the Logic Model.”
”Knowing what the reach of the programme is and how well the messages we are promoting are being adopted and applied in the everyday lives of our Just Play participants is important.”
”If we have some idea of how the messages are being received we can adapt and make changes to our deliveryto keep improving constantly.”
With a strong understanding of how to move Just Play forward in 2016 Uhatahi says she is confident going back to Tonga.
“Our task now is to implement and utilise these new tools according to our local context.”
OFC Head of Social Responsibility and International Relations Franck Castillo believes that training will be very beneficial for the expanding programme as efficiency becomes more important.
“With Just Play constanty growing and expanding its content it is incredibly important for the Just Play Project Managers to be engaging in personal development and upskilling as well,”Castillo says.
During this week’s workshop we decided to focus on those who were ready and capable of acquiring new skills and it was an added bonus that the six we selected also happened to be women.”
“It is a key objective of Just Play to promote gender equality and empower women, so when we have leaders in the programme proving that females are more than capable of striving in the workplace and
acquiring skills to further their careers, it allows us to lead by example.”
The Just Play team was joined by New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Development Officer Anable Lusk, who was able to gain insight into how each country adapts and operates the programme and
provide feedback on the work they have done.
Just Play is a sport for development programme supported by Australian Aid, New Zealand Aid, FFA, the UEFA Foundation for Children and UNICEF.
Story courtesy of Oceania Football Confederation.

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