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Soccer Sisters embrace Pinktober

In collaboration with Samoa Cancer Society, FFS jumped on board for a second year to support the fight against breast cancer, using this as the theme of their festival which encouraged females to play football.
Newly appointed CEO of Samoa Cancer Society, Shelley Burich was present at the opening ceremony and was grateful for the partnership.
“Being able to join together with the Soccer Sisters festival will help strengthen and broaden our education message to Samoan women about breast cancer and the importance of its early detection and prevention”, said Burich.
FFS Executive Committee member Emily Young reiterated the importance of early detection of breast cancer and acknowledged FIFA for their support of the local Soccer Sisters initiative.
“FIFA has tremendously continued its kindness in contributing a lot to the development of women’s football in Samoa through financial resources, uniforms, goals, boots, balls and the list goes on”, said Young.
The inspiring lyrics of Michelle William’s gospel song “Say Yes” rang through the air as the girls warmed up with a Zova session followed by training sessions where participants were divided into groups according to their age and ability. A range of activities kept the girls engaged from Just Play sessions emphasizing the importance of water to refereeing skills and FIFA 11+ workshops.
Young swapped her pink puletasi for her football shorts as she led a session with 11-12 year old girls, focusing on footwork, juggling and the importance of stretching after training sessions.
Special Olympics Samoa (SOS) made their mark at the festival as girls with special needs showed off their football skills with determination and might.
Participants were encouraged to give hope for a cancer free Samoa by making a small donation upon registration. FFS Women’s Development Officer Lynette Laumea Faaiuaso then presented Samoa Cancer Society with a cheque of $1,000 tala on behalf of Football Federation Samoa and the FIFA Women’s Football Development programme.

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