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Just Play Workshop Ends

Fiji Football and Oceania Football Confederation’s Just Play Grassroots Development Centre program ended its one-week workshop with the Just Play festival at the Suva Muslim Primary School ground last Friday.

Fiji FA technical director Ravinesh Kumar said after the workshop they did a demonstration for primary school students based on what they had learnt during the one-week workshop.

“We want to see how our coaches deliver or put in to action what they have learnt in the classroom as this will be done in all primary schools around Fiji where our 42 development centres are based,” Kumar said.

“This is very helpful to our kids to learn the basics and to learn in detail what grassroots football is all about so that we can breed better players from the development level to represent the country.

“Fiji will have better players in the district and national level if we start from below.”

Kumar said they were focusing on teachers to attend the workshop but unfortunately they didn’t have time in the schools holidays to deliver this program.

“Our plans are to go into the districts and do the same program on a weekend and involve our primary school teachers to take part.

“We’re working within nine to 10 weeks follow-on, a competition based on the training that the participants have gone through and we will see what impact it has on the children and see how it improves.

“We will do the evaluation for the individual centres and players as well and next year we will try to target more teachers.

“There are some incentives as well for the teachers and parents to take responsible for your children’s training at home.”

A total of 15 participants attended the OFC Just Play Grassroots Development course at the Fiji FA Headquaters in Vatuwaqa last week.

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