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Girls want to have Fun

Fiji FA development officer Waifune Tupua said the festival was for girls aged between nine to 16 years old.
“It was an exciting, interactive football experience for those new to the game and also to the regular players,” she said.
“Of those that attended eighty five percent said they were likely to start playing football. These events are perfect example of Fiji Football’s commitment of getting girls into football as part of their ‘Live for Goal’ campaign. The campaign had focused on getting young girls into the sport and breaking away from the existing stereotypes.”
Susan Wise, Fiji Football Association vice-president and women’s manger said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the festival in Navua. It’s so important to give girls a positive experience when trying football for the first time and this is a great opportunity for them to get involved in lots of different activities. We’ve seen a big increase in the number of girls’ teams at the younger age groups in the past twelve months and we want to keep that interest and momentum going.”
One of the participants, Shivriti Sindika Devi said she never played football but taking part in the festival has made her want to play.
“After taking part in this festival I have really enjoyed playing and will continue playing,” she said.
Devi said she enjoyed learning new skills and it was fun.
“I really enjoyed the festival because I learnt some skills and techniques how to shoot the ball and how to be a goalkeeper.
“The festival has brought a lot in my life today as I know playing football will also help me in my studies and health also, “she said.

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