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Tonga attends Just Play instructor’s course.

The three-day intensive training is conducted at the Charles J. Dempsey Academy in Penrose with aims to equip the participants with tools they need to expand the initiative even further, following a successful pilot phase in Tonga last year. For Just Play, its another leap forward with instructors from across the Pacific sharing ideas and expertise during this professional development course.
 
The worksop is through funding support from the Australian Government and benefits 16 participants representing seven island nations including Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Tonga. All of the instructors are highly trained and linked with the technical departments of the respective member associations. 
 
OFC head of social responsibility Franck Castillo, who leads the Just Play project, says the course provides an opportunity to develop vital skills for the instructors who will be the key to implementing a successful programme.
 
“These instructors will be accredited to deliver the Just Play initiative, developing skills to train teachers, coaches and volunteers so that even more youngsters can be reached through this football-for-development programme,” says Castillo.
 
“The key targets of Just Play include education and gender equality which are taught through practical sessions and fun festivals.”
 
Speaking from Auckland, Lui Muavesi said it is a real eye opener for him personally.
“I am thrilled to be attending this workshop and have learnt a lot, not only from the facilitator but my colleagues from around the pacific where we were able to compare situations and experiences” Muavesi said.
 
Just Play is a unique grassroots programme which promotes physical activity for primary-aged children while encouraging community involvement and healthy living.
 
Developed by the OFC social responsibility and technical departments, Just Play was piloted by Tonga in October 2009 but was launched in Vanuatu in April 2010 and has since been introduced in Samoa, Tahiti, Solomon Islands and South Auckland in New Zealand.
 
Next on the agenda are Fiji and Cook Islands while OFC is also currently working in New Zealand with Special Olympics (NZ) on a Just Play programme for people with mental disabilities.
The Australian Government has shown its support to the project by contributing AU$4million.
The duo will return to Tonga after the workshop closes on Wednesday 8 December. 

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