UA&P Continues to “Teach Belief” with Second Season of Ambassadors Cup

Santino Honasan on Nov 27, 2014 07:48 PM
UA&P Continues with Grassroots Futsal Project
Following a successful first season, the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) together with Team Socceroo Football Club and The Henry V. Moran Foundation are proud to announce the launch of the second season of the Ambassadors Cup. A press conference and launch was held last November 27 at the UA&P Campus. On hand were Ambassadors Cup officials, Philippine Football Federation officials, as well as representatives of last season’s participating embassies. Inspired by the ABC Cup of Argentina, Brazil and Chile, the Ambassadors Cup is a grassroots project that caters to children from underserved communities and aims to promote virtues and values through the sport of indoor football, or futsal. The project works by having participating embassies adopt communites in Manila and help help facilitate the youth’s football training for two months in preparation for the Ambassadors Cup Tournament. In the first season, 11 embassies participated along with over three hundred children, parents, and team coaches. Among the participating embassies last season were South Africa, Indonesia, Timor Leste, the United States of America, Nigeria, South Korea, Argentina, and the United Kingdom. Team South Africa, who partnered with the San Ildefonso Parish in Makati took home the under-11 crown while Team Indonesia with GK Tatalon took home the under-13 crown. This season, more embassies are expected to participate, along with the returning 11 embassies form the first season. Football powerhouses Germany and Spain have already voiced their commitment to participate, while South Africa and Indonesia are expected to return and defend their titles. With the slogan “Teach Belief” the Ambassadors Cup became a community building program, and according to UA&P President Jose Maria Mariano, it has already had a positive effect on the participating children. According to Mr. Mariano, these children who were taught to believe are now also becoming teachers in their own respective communities. According to Mr. Mariano, this coming second season is geared towards making the participating children the new teachers and ambassadors of belief. The festivities closed with a mini-exhibition game in the under-11 division between GK Kalinga Tatalon and GK Kalinga Hilaga. The Ambassadors Cup will be kicking off in January –February of 2015. Training will take place from March through April, and tournament day will be on May 9, 2015.

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