OFC President David Chung recognises
that football touches the hearts and minds of people the world over – its
passion, wonder and ability to draw people together in the spirit of fair play
regardless of race, colouror religion knows no
To this end, OFC has formed several key partnerships to
lift standards on the field while also using the power of football to help
combat social problems such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, gender imbalance and poverty.
In 2009, OFC signed an AU$4
million partnership agreement with the Government of Australia and Football
Federation Australia (FFA) to deliver sports-based programmes that contribute to
community development in the Pacific. Together with the
Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID),
the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and FFA, OFC will work to deliver grassroots
development projects such as ‘Just Play’ throughout the Pacific over a
three-year period. In September 2013 OFC and the Australian Government extended their partnership for a further two years.
In January 2014 international child advocacy organisation United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Pacific office joined hands with OFC in a Programme Cooperation Agreement that will see them collaborate on the award-winning Just Play Programme. It has been said that Just Play is a perfect fit with UNICEF's Sports for Development Programme which uses sports, recreation and play to fulfil the right to play and as an avenue for participation, learning, health and protection. The intial two-year agreement will see the two organisations working closely with Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Samoa.
OFC has partnered with the United Nations (UN) to
promote the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and has also formed special
relationships with a raft of non-Government organisations
such as the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, UNESCO, South Pacific
Forum and Alliance Francaise.
In terms of football partnerships, OFC has worked with FIFA,
the FFA, the English FA, France Football Federation and UEFA to improve the technical
development of all areas of the game including women’s football, coaching, grassroots and refereeing.
In forging a future for football in Oceania, OFC President David Chung
has been instrumental in moving forward plans for a complex in Auckland that can service the needs
of both the local and regional football communities.
In September 2013 Chung hosted FIFA General Secretary
Jerome Valcke at the ground breaking for this project at Ngahue Reserve, a project has been made possible with
support from FIFA, Orakei Local Board, Auckland City Council and local iwi Ngati Whatua.
OFC will continue to seek partnerships and use football
as a unifying force to build a better future for Oceania.