Tonga Football launched this new tournament, ‘Eua Just Play Grassroots for Eua after a very successful one day tournament conducted last year, and now they will run for almost 6 weeks to 8 communities are actively involved.
Almost 300 boys and girls gathered at the Niu’eiki Field in Angaha Village in Eua Island welcomed Just Play Grassroots tournament to the whole of ‘Eua over the weekend.
Mr. Sunia Havea,the Representative of the Government officially opened this tournament with more than four hundreds children.
‘’I am very delighted that Tonga Football brought this event to our Island for our children. Now it’s for us to enjoy this beautiful game and be happy,’’says Havea.
Havea also urged everyone to play well and respect their opponents as they all came from one big family.
Maui Tafea the co-ordinator in ‘Eua said the development has been running and they are targeting every communities and now they had 8 communities and they will bring 7 more.
“I am so grateful that TFA is willing to develop this program here in ‘Eua, and today we saw many parents and guardians followed here to support their young children,’’ Tafea says.
‘’One thing I need to point out were our volunteers, they worked very hard in their respective communities even though it is a tough jobs but they loved it,’’ he added.
This new tournament had given opportunities for Under 10, Under 12 and Under 15 to play.
Penateti Feke, the TFA Competition Manager said, ‘’I am very pleased with this new tournament for ‘Eua Island and thanks the Just Play team for brought this forward’’.
The Just Play project manager, Palu ‘Uhatahi Tu’amoheloa was also in ‘Eua to witness the growth of Just Play in this Island.
‘’Just Play is really grow here in ‘Eua, and we will support them, Tu’amoheloa said.
‘’I wish to thank Maui Tafea for his tireless effort to deal with all our volunteers to bring ‘Eua to this standard,’’ she added. ‘’Tafea has his own full time job, but he still have time to manage our volunteers and the program.’’
All teams participating in this tournament received uniforms donated by Reagan Milstein Foundation through Lui Muavesi.