27 Aug 2016

Sport: OFC Pacific programme up for an award

10:59 am on 27 August 2016

The Oceania Football Confederation's Just Play Emergency Programme has been shortlisted for the Beyond Sport Innovation Award.

Just Play is a sport for development programme that helps children to grow, learn and explore through sport.

It was introduced into Vanuatu and Fiji following the devastation of Tropical Cyclone's Pam and Winston.

To once again see the hard work of all those involved in the Just Play Programme, from content developers to co-ordinators to volunteers on the ground, recognised for the important contribution they are making to children's lives is amazing according to OFC President David Chung.

"Our objective with this programme was always to make a difference in the lives of children across the Pacific and to be there for them providing a programme that will add a little bit of joy to their lives during such a difficult and trying time is very important to us as an organisation, and as humans," he said.

The Just Play Emergency Programme is one of the 250 entries, from 55 different countries, representing over 64 sporting codes, to be shortlisted for the Beyond Sport Awards.

The winners will be announced in December.