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Chung announces funding for LEARN&play

The announcement was made at the welcome dinner hosted by the SIFF President and later at a press conference held at the SIFF conference room during his visit last week and brings good news for primary school students throughout the country dreaming of becoming a part of the LEARN&play program in King George the Sixth School, Aligegeo School and Goldie College.
The additional funding totals to NZD$50 000-00 (approximately SBD$290 000) and is aimed primarily at conducting a pilot project study through the LEARN&play project for secondary school based football training programs which will be linked to the Just Play program currently being implemented in primary schools throughout the pacific.
OFC General Secretary, Tai Nicholas, said in his statement at the press conference that OFC is looking at the LEARN&play model with interest as a grass roots development project.
“The LEARN&play project is a success and the approach with this new funding is to decide upon how the program can be run in other member associations in the region,” Nicholas says.
SIFF President Martin Alufurai, thanked Chung and Nicholas for availing the funding to Solomon Islands.
“I take this opportunity to thank the OFC president and his general secretary for this assistance to the LEARN&play program,” Alufurai says. “The LEARN&play program uses football to touch lives and is testament to SIFF’s drive for education and football development in Solomon Islands.”
Alufurai also revealed that the LEARN&play program will be redesigned to link up with other grass roots programs and eventually complete with the player development pathway through the OFC academy.
“A committee will be meeting to redesign the LEARN&play program so that a strong player development pathway connects our players to clubs outside,” Alufurai says.
The funding from the grant came from the Australian government.

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