Football for a Better Life gives Pagadian kids a memorable weekend

FFABL gives Pagadian kids a memorable weekend
Football for a Better Life ambassador Graham Caygill, Philippine Football Federation Board Member Percy Guarin, Dumalinao Mayor Sweet Cerilles, and goalkeeping coach Reffix Cuaresma with the participants of the football clinic

Football for a Better Life (FFABL) 2016 made its second trip to Mindanao last November 12-13. Two of the grassroots program’s facilitators, Filipino-British footballer Graham Caygill, goalkeeping coach and former member of the Men’s National Team, Reffix Cuaresma, Mindanao's Mr. Football Percy Guarin and Little Azkals U-14 national team player Mark Zidane Alanquihan were in Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur, to conduct clinics and to root for participants of the age-group tournaments

Football for a Better Life is the grassroots development program supported by British life insurer Pru Life UK. Over 700 kids, ages 6-12 years old, joined the clinic, and 81 teams entered the competitions. Both the clinic and the matches were held at the Dumalinao Regional Pilot School. Kidchester FC-B won the U-10 (Mixed) division. Dumingag FC won the U12 boys’. Lumad Pagadianon FC-B won the U-14 boys’ division, SSC-A won the U-17 boys’ division, while Bayog FC and Red Corals FC emerged champs in the girls’ open and men’s open categories, respectively. 

Albert Almendralejo, president of SPEARS Sports (co-organizer of FFABL), accompanied Caygill and Cuaresma. Their group was hosted by Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio Cerilles, Vice Governor Ace Cerilles and Dumalinao Mayor Junaflor Sweet Cerilles.

Mayor Cerilles described the FFABL weekend as an “answered prayer.” She said that the presence of Caygill, Cuaresma, Guarin and Alanquihan was appreciated. “I am sure they will talk about the experience over and over again in the next days,” she said of the young participants.

Cuaresma relished the opportunity to mentor young football players. “Now it is my turn to give back to the youth and share the passion of football,” said the former Azkal. He paid tribute to the tireless coaches of the provincial teams who persevere with their work. Cuaresma said, “I salute them and the football advocates who spend their personal money and give time for the youth.”

Football for a Better Life in Pagadian was completed in partnership with the Zamboanga del Sur Pagadian Football Association. FFABL heads out to Benguet on November 18-20.

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