Football for a Better Life’s biggest group of mentors goes to Tagum City

Football for a Better Life goes to Tagum City
Football for a Better Life mentors Graham Caygill, Misagh Bahadoran and Chieffy Caligdong go all around the Philippines to teach kids the basics of the sport.

Football for a Better Life (FFABL), the nationwide grassroots development program supported by Pru Life UK, assembles its biggest group of football mentors yet when the program visits Tagum City Davao del Norte on October 29-30. 

Included in the contingent are former Azkals team captain Chieffy Caligdong, Fil-Brit footballer and sports show host Graham Caygill, Azkals Misagh Bahadoran and Amani Aguinaldo (who hails from Davao), and U-14 Little Azkals player Agiel John “Kano” Rojo. 

They will conduct football clinics and will be part of football tournaments. Venues for both events will be at the 4,200-seater Davao del Norte Sports Stadium and Complex, site of the 2015 Palarong Pambansa. 

According to co-organizer Renato Cosmod, president of the Davao del Norte Futbol Association, over 100 teams have confirmed participation. These are from the regional football associations of Davao Occidental, Davao del Sur, Golden Davao, Cagayan del Sur, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Island, Butuan and Agusan del Norte. So far this is the biggest number of teams in all of the FFABL tournaments since last year. 

There will be 5-versus-5 matches for U-8 and U-10 (boys or mixed) age groups, and 7-versus-7 matches  for U12 Boys, U12 Girls, U14 Boys, U14 Girls, U16 Boys, U16 Girls, U18 Boys, U18 Girls, Men’s Open and Women’s Open categories. 

Mr. Cosmod says that the upcoming visit of Chieffy, Amani, and Misagh is auspicious. “It’s been two years that the Azkals have been in Tagum,”says Mr. Cosmod. “The last time was in 2014 when the Azkals played a game versus the Davao del Norte Police football team during the Araw ng Davao del Norte.”

In an interview, Pru Life UK Chief Finance Officer Lee Longa declared that they are supporting grassroots football for the development of the sport and the value formation of the youth. He said, “We hope that football inspires Filipino kids to become disciplined, strong-willed, brave, respectful, and loyal team players like our program ambassadors, which may later on help them gain an upper hand in life. We hope to achieve a lasting impact.”

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