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Learning Intentions:


Every member of a team has a personal journey. Players prepare for on- and off-field opportunities through hard work to improve their physical and mental fitness. They achieve goals, celebrate success and learn from failure. 

Learning intentions for this experience are:

  • Understand the whakapapa and personal journeys of local Football and Futsal heroes. 

  • Explore whanaungatanga and the connections between people. 

  • Investigate the history of football or futsal in your rohe.

Kōrero | Discussion:


Ngā ngohe | Activities:


Tāngata rongonui o te whenua | Stars across the land 

  • Investigate a local football or futsal club, field, or player: 

    • Use at least five different sources of information.

    • Include at least one conversation with a member of football or futsal club. 

    • How does the club play a role in your community, iwi and school?

    • What are the on- and off-field roles and responsibilities? 

    • What makes clubs different from each other? 

  • Create a poster, display, or recording about the club, field or player.


Who’s who in the Ford Football Ferns, Futsal Ferns and Māori Football Aotearoa?

  • Research a player in the Ford Football Ferns squad and Māori Football Aotearoa:

    • Where were they born and where have they played?

    • What is their whakapapa and football journey?

    • What position do they play? 

    • Consider the decisions and sacrifices they have made. 

    • Share two or three interesting things about your chosen football player.

    • Identify similarities between their whakapapa and your own.

  • Create a healthy meal plan for a week for your athlete.

  • Create a poster or write an essay or story about your selected player

Homegrown superstars

  • Get Involved: WIN the chance to have a Ford Football Fern visit your school! 

  • Make make a short video (less than a minute) as a classroom or school supporting the Ford Football Ferns for their FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 campaign. You could include:

    • Te Reo Māori phrases. 

    • Encourage and recognise their effort and commitment.

    • Show them what you’ve learnt during your Kōtuitui experience.

  • When you have finished your video upload it to  

  • All support videos will be entered into the competition and one school will be selected to have a Ford Football Fern come and visit them!

Kuputaka | Glossary:


  • Haepapa: responsibilities.

  • Tūranga: roles.

  • Whenua: land.

  • Tāngata rongonui: stars.

  • Whanaungatanga: connections and shared experiences.

  • Rohe: region.

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