Miss Samoa and Nuanua o le Alofa get behind Savai'i soccer

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Football Federation Samoa/Angela Lafaiali'i Pauga
JUST PLAY: Miss Samoa Alexandra Iakopo (fourth from right) and Faatino Utumapu (fifth from right) of Nuanua o le Alofa, with college teachers in Savai'i on closing day of Sports to Life, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

(SAMOA) — Miss Samoa Alexandra Iakopo and Nuanua o le Alofa have lent their support to the Sports to Life soccer course for college teachers held this week in Savai'i.

The 16 college teachers who participated in the three-day course, will return to their schools to implement what they learned.

"Miss Samoa and Nuanua o le Alofa were there. The course finished today," Angela Lafaiali'i Pauga, Media Officer for Football Federation Samoa, told tautalatala from Savai'i Wednesday morning, March 14.

"Afterward, the teachers will go back to their schools and implement the S2L approach in their Health and Physical Education subjects."

The course is an Introduction to the Sports to Life Programme‟which targets children 13-16 years old.

Sports to Life is a programme that uses social methods and tools to educate children allowing coaches to link sport-based learning to life skills and life situations.

It also helps teenagers/players to develop decision making skills on and off the field by helping them to connect what they have learned on the field to aspects of their life.

For teachers and coaches, it helps to facilitate positive outcomes by helping young players/students make consistent, long-term, healthy choices on and off the field of play.
The Savai'i course is part two of the programme which was launched last week on Upolu by Football Federation Samoa President Laupama Solomona.

Following Solomona's keynote address, Just Play Project Manager, Lynette Laumea Faaiuaso presented on the overview and importance of the course.
Sports to Life, offered through Just Play, "is a combined course for teachers from government, Church and private schools," Faaiuaso said at the launch.

Just Play's local partners are: Nuanua o le Alofa, Ministry of Police, Ministry of Health and the National Advocacy Organization of People with Disabilities.

Participation from its partners ensures that teachers and a wider sector of the community are able to access the programme for development purposes.

Sports to Life, under Just Play, is funded by the Oceania Football Confederation, Australian Aid, Football Federation Australia, New Zealand Aid, UEFA Foundation for Children and UNICEF.

Teachers who complete the three-day course receive certificates.