The Fédération Tahitienne de Football (FTF) made sure football was a highlight of The Polynesian Disability Days (Journées Polynésiennes du Handicap – JPH), which took place from April 26-29 at Aorai Tini Hau Park in Papeete.
The event was organised by the Te Niu o te Huma organisation and the Federation of Polynesian Adaptive Sports and Handisport.
It aimed to promote understanding of disability issues and to support the dignity, rights and well-being of people with disabilities.
Over the four days, the community was shown the challenges that exist for both students with disabilities and their teachers, as well as publicising and promoting the local efforts carried out on a daily basis by businesses and schools.
Football activities included fun games for wheelchair users and others, which showed the way football can bring joy to all children.
This is the fifth time the JPH has been held, with a strong turnout from government and locals. Beyond the festive aspect, the JPH promotes discussion in French Polynesia about the progress made within the framework of the Disability Master Plan 2021-2026, and to set new goals.
This year, the conference focused on the socio-professional inclusion of disabled workers, as well as accessibility.