A grassroots football festival was held on November 13 to mark World Children’s Day in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.  

Hosted at Nguvia Community High School field in East Guadalcanal, around 50 boys and girls from the area – aged between four to 12 – took part in the festival run. 

It was organised by the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Women’s Football Department, in conjunction with the Guadalcanal Football Association and East Central Guadalcanal Football Development Centre. 

The festival provided an opportunity for local kids to give football a go and express themselves in a safe and fun environment.  

The older age groups were taught basic football techniques, while those under eight enjoyed fun exercises followed by small-sided football games.  

SIFF Women’s Football Development Officer, Antoinette Miniti said it provided an equal opportunity for young children to participate. 

“Football plays a contributing role in nation building through our grassroots programs such as this festival,” Miniti said.  

“It offers them a chance to play freely and express themselves, where values like respect, care, responsibility and fairness are encouraged. 

“The more positive learning experiences they have, the brighter their future will be. 

“I would like to acknowledge all the children who attended as well as their families, with thanks to Nguvia Community High School, the coaches and volunteers of SIFF and Guadalcanal Football Association, for supporting this festival and making it a success.”