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Just Play story being captured on video

Tia Soakai, the media coordinator for the Just Play at the OFC, is doing the filming to try to capture the story behind the success of the program in Solomon Islands. Ms. Soakai’s trip is funded by Just Play and organised in collaboration with the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) special projects office.
According to Ms. Soakai the purpose of the filming is to capture the story of Just Play in Solomon Islands so that it can be shared with stakeholders outside the country.
“I am here to record as much as I can about Just Play in Solomon Islands. This footage will be used for promoting Just Play and the amount of success it is experiencing here. So far the filming has been good and I have made some very interesting interviews and recorded some great videos of kids involved in the Just Play program,” Ms. Soakai says.
Since arriving on Thursday Soakai has conducted interviews with several key persons linked to the Just Play program including the SIFF president, Martin Alufurai, and general secretary, Eddie Ngava. Besides officials from SIFF interviews were also conducted with representatives of schools and communities involved in the Just Play program. An interview was also conducted with the Director of Primary Education at the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Benedict Esibaea.
One such community interview was done with Eddie Lingi who is a volunteer that is running the Just Play program for children in White River who do not have the opportunity to go to school. Lingi, who is a former Marist player, works 2 jobs but is still able to squeeze in some time to work with the children of White River community.
The filming being conducted is not focussed only on Just Play, however. Footage is also being gathered for the technical programs that were run in Honiara including the OFC C-Licence course last week and the FIFA MA Elite Refereeing Course that is currently underway. The footage will be used for promotional purposes and also be stored for the OFC video archives.
The trip back to Solomon Islands has personal significance for Ms. Soakai since it is her first trip back home since leaving the country 5 years ago. Ms. Soakai is from Munda in the Western Province with Tongan heritage. Currently, she works with the Tongan Football Association (TFA) as their media officer but her expertise is utilised time to time by the OFC where she films regional competitions and other events for them. Ms. Soakai was part of the team that made the groundbreaking pacific wide live coverage of the OFC U20 Championship in New Zealand earlier this year.

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