Fifteen participants from around the country are taking part in Just Play Grassroots football development course at the Fiji Football Association’s headquarters in Vatuwaqa, Suva yesterday.
The five-day football development programme has been designed to assist coaches, teachers, and volunteers to provide appropriate and enjoyable football activities for children aged between 6 to 12 years.
Speaking while officially opening the course Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf says the course provides an opportunity to develop vital skills for the participants 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,” said Yusuf.
He said they fully supported this kind of courses and urged participants to make full use of it.
“We at Fiji FA are very much committed in the development of football from the grassroots and a course such as this is a great pathway.”
OFC Just Play instructors Paul Toohey, Emmie Sope with Fiji FA technical director Ravinesh Kumar are facilitating the course.
Toohey said this programme is a new door opened for the development of football in Oceania.
“It is not a coincidence that we kicked off with the pilot project in two very strong countries Tonga about three weeks ago and now Fiji,” Toohey said.
He said they’re here to develop our future.
Kumar said it was like dream come true for him as it was his vision to take the country forward in football.
“I’m so happy to be part of this course as a facilitator as I had a dream to see the Just Play programme and our technical department merge. We’ve been looking at this opportunity for a long time.
“While we’re together we will be sharing our knowledge to needy ones and who are these needy ones? They’re our children and our community.” –