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Just Play Importance Revealed During U-17 Tourney

The amazing football touch from disabled kids the Frangipani Association (FA) has triggered attention to many football diehard fans and the OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) officials in Luganville and they had much to say behind the implementation of the grassroots Just Play program progress in Luganville town.
During the OFC U17 tournament in Luganville all half breaks was entertained by the Just Play displays but the touching moments that almost took away the attention of the crowds was when a disabled kid kick the ball in between the cones, dribbles with the ball and pass the ball. That moment always attracted the eyes of coaches and fans as they clapped their hands and laughed with joy.
The last match of the tournament between Vanuatu and New Caledonia saw the match ball brought in by a disabled girl. Football has united all the people together, reflecting FIFA President Sepp Blatter once said that “football unites people more than it divides them”.
The FA promotes sport through soccer for disabilities because they believed sports can change their prospects. It is an implementing partner of ‘Nambanga Sports’ for development in Sanma Province.
Nambanga Sports is managed by the department of youth development sport and training through partnership with Australia Sport outreach program and the Australian government funded by the Australian Agency for International and managed by the Australia Sports Commission.
The body has been assisting the FA closely with the Grassroots Just Play program. Dorian Naulipis Coordinator for FA thanked all partner associations and the OFC for including disabilities into the Just Play program. She thanked the committees for allowing a free gate for all disabled which enabled many around Santo watch football
The Importance of Just Play was revealed during the tournament.
Those with wheel chairs were hauled off to the Football field as everyone enjoyed football together.
Developed by the OFC social responsibility and technical departments, Just Play is designed for children aged six to 12 and promotes physical activity while encouraging community involvement, healthy living, gender equality and disability development.
OFC has worked closely with UEFA, the Australian Government – through its agencies the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) – and Football Federation Australia to implement the programme across the Pacific over a three-year period between 2009 and 2012. It was launched in Tonga and is now also running in American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti and Vanuatu.
The confederation has also been working in New Zealand with Special Olympics on a Just Play programme for people with mental disabilities and has launched the same initiative in Samoa and Fiji.
Just Play has reached 122,405 children – 43.5 per cent of whom are female – across the Pacific and trained over 2, 366 teachers and volunteers.

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