Grassroots football program completes third leg in Negros Occidental

ABS-CBN Sports on May 01, 2015 08:03 AM
Football for a Better Life completes third leg in Negros
Participants andorganizers of the Football for a Better Life event in San Carlos, Negros Occidental.


Football for a Better Life, a grassroots football development program composed of tournaments and clinics, completed its third leg in San Carlos City, NegrosOccidental this end of April. Football clubs from San Carlos and neighboring Kanlaon, Bacolod and Iloilo sent teams to the event held at the San Julio Realty field which is made up of three standard football fields.

Former Azkals team captain and current Green Archers United player Chieffy Caligdong supervised the tournaments and, together with British football coach Chris Thomas, conducted the clinics that benefited over 250 young footballers aged six to 16 years old.


Chris Thomas and Chieffy Caligdong


Chieffy said that the visit to San Carlos was intended to boost the level of playing of the kids and bring knowledge, particularly the British style of football, to both the players and the coaches. He said, “Gusto naming ma-encourage ang mga bata namagpatuloy sa kanilang sport at ibahaging techniques para ma-improve nila ang kanilang game.” (“We want to encourage the kids to continue their sport and share techniques so they can improve their game.”)

Coach Chris, who took up Sport Development at the University of Lancaster and has coached students in Thailand and children with special needs in the US, recognized the dedication of the players and coaches in San Carlos. Coach Chris declared, “What an amazing city San Carlos is! The city has a great passion for the sport of football and for the talent it possesses. I have a big respect for the community coaches who certainly work hard in growing the sport; you can see the fruit of the coaches’ labor shining through the kids.”

John Carmona, General Secretaryof the San Carlos City Negros Football Club, described the two-day football event in San Carlos as “fun and filled with camaraderie.” He said that the kids and the coaches were not the only ones who profited from the experience. “A lot of kids’ parents gave their thumbs-up. In spite of the hot weather, they stayed until the final matches.”

Red bands bearing the words, "Go Manny!" were worn by players, coaches and spectators  in support of Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao's bout with Floyd Mayweather.  Wearing the bands added "fire" to the kids' playing, and also made the event more festive.   

While in San Carlos, Chieffy,Coach Chris and the Football for a Better Life Team paid a courtesy call to Mayor Gerardo P. Valmayor, Jr.


Courtesy call ofthe Football for a Better Life team to San Carlos City Mayor Gerardo P. Valmayor, Jr. 


Football for a Better Life will have six more legs that will be conducted in Cagayan de Oro (May 16-17), Dumaguete (June 13-14), Naga (July 11-12), Palawan (August 22-23), Davao del Norte (September 19-20), Baguio (October 10-11) and the National Capital Region (November7-8). For updates, please log on to


British football coach Chris Thomas gives instructions to kids during the Football for a Better Life clinic in San Carlos, Negros Occidental.


Chris Thomas and Chieffy Caligdong with the winners of the 6-8 age group category

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