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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

FIJI Football Association is now committed to the development of football at the grassroots in the country.

The Mom & Pop League which started two weeks ago in Ba was a major success. More than 40 children with their parents participated in a two-hour football festival at the Fiji Football National Academy in Ba.

Fiji FA development officer Lice Waqaliti said the Mom & Pop League was for children from 5-10 years of age.

"Kids came with their parents and learnt basic skills of football which was very much applauded in Ba," Waqaliti said.

Waqaliti said they moved to Lautoka a week ago where more than 50 children attended.

"There was huge response when we set up the program at Churchill Park in Lautoka where the kids also had opportunity to meet and greet Lautoka football players,"

"Kids from the age of 4 years accompanied their parents to learn and enjoy the basics of football," Waqaliti said.

Fiji FA technical director Ravinesh Kumar says the Mom & Pop League grassroots football program targets boys and girls aged 5-10 years through school, community and club initiatives.

"The key concept of the program is to bring together as many people as possible through football. The grassroots program advocates exchanges and sharing human values and, of course, promotes the pleasure of practising our marvellous sport," Kumar said.

"For some people, grassroots football is a focus for recreational activities, while for others it is the organised practice of the sport, with training and matches, within a school or club framework.

Kumar believes not all young players will become the stars of the future and they do not all have the skills required to become professional players.

"So intensive training sessions and complicated tactics are not appropriate."

"The Mom & Pop League offers everyone the chance to play football, without discrimination and without the need for major infrastructure, "Kumar said.

"Grassroots football is football for everyone, by everyone, everywhere."

Parent Shane Hussein praised Fiji FA's initiative in setting up the grassroots development program for the children.

"It's very good initiative as we could see many kids out here to learn the basics of football and hope it continue, "Hussein said.

Hussein said this was a way to move football forward in the country. "Grassroots development is the key behind every success as we can say the kids can now learn basic skills of football in the program. This is a pathway for development as this kids grow up they will be equipped with basic skills which will be easy for them to adopt as they grow up."

The Mom & Pop League grassroots development program will be held around the country.

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