Matelita Vuakoso

Fijian National Football Team and Senior Instructor, ‘Just Play’ Programme of the Oceania Football Confederation

Matelita Vuakoso is a national  athlete, community role model and grass roots sport instructor. She has been a key member of Fijian National Football Team since winning her first cap in 2010, representing her country in Olympic and World Cup qualifiers at junior and senior levels.

She is also a senior instructor on the Just Play programme of the Oceania National Football Confederation.

‘Just Play’ is a sport for social development programme designed to target children aged 6-12 years, the programme engages children through active participation in an organised series of interactive football sessions with social messages integrated into all sessions ‘Just Play’ children learn, grow and explore sport in a positive and meaningful way.

In recognition of her role as a leading athlete and community role model she has been appointed an athlete champion in the Oceania National Olympic Committees STOP programme in Fiji and a Voices of the Athletes Educator. Matelita hails from the village of Vunidamoli on Vanua Levu in Fiji.

Hear Matelita speak at The Value of Sport: Maximising Opportunities in the Commonwealth on 6 April at Commonwealth House.

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