Weekends at the Fiji Football Association (FFA) headquarters have been filled with football development activity in recent times, after months without action due to the pandemic and nationwide lockdowns.

In February the FFA held a two-day female coaching workshop facilitated by the national women’s head coach Lisa Cole.

The event aimed to help coaches with their knowledge, skills and basic technical elements of football.

The Goalkeeping Development Programme also kicked off last month and has continued every Saturday morning.

Facilitated by FFA Goalkeeping Development Officer Lice Waqailiti, the programme targets kids between ages 7-16 with any level of ability.

Waqaliti said the initiative aims to develop kids as goalkeepers for the future.

“This is such a unique position in football and I’m proud we’re able to put this on offer for our young people,” Waqailiti said.

“There is a huge interest shown from the kids so far and we only expect it to grow.”

While the goalkeeper sessions are in motion, so is the Grassroots Development Programme for young people between 6-17 years old.

The programme, which runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturday mornings, promotes football basic skills such as passing, receiving and running with the ball, juggling, shooting and dribbling.

 The players also get to learn field positioning and game formation.