The Fiji Football Association’s (FFA) Grassroots Development Programme held in Vatuwaqa continues to help kids realise the benefits football.

The programme which runs every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, targets kids between 6-12 years old and takes them through a range of football activities.

FFA Football Development Officers Waifune Tupua, Ronald Ram and Meli Yasawa, alongside FFA Just play staff, facilitate the events.

With the aim of generating and enduring interest in football, it did exactly that for 11-year-old Krishnita Kumar.

“My interest in football began after watching my brothers play as the only girl in the house,” Kumar said.

“I started playing with them when I was seven years old.

“My love for football grew from there and I always wanted to learn more. It wasn’t until FFA visited my school (Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School) where I was told about the Grassroots Development Programme.

“I then persuaded my parents to allow me to join and was glad when they supported my decision.

“I really enjoy attending the programme, I make lots of friends and enjoy playing football.”

Kumar also has a desire to become a doctor and represent Fiji as a professional football player.

“My dad is a police officer meaning he’s of service to my country which inspires me to play for Fiji,” Kumar said.

“One of the biggest lessons football has taught me so far is that if you put your mind to something and work hard, your chances of success will increase. I want to make my parents proud.”