Azkal Simone Rota joins Football for a Better Life leg in Laguna
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 07, 2015 10:51 AM
British football coach Chris Thomas and Philippine Azkal Simone Rota
by Football for a Better Life
Italian-raised Filipino Simone Rota, member of the Philippine Azkals Men’s National Football Team and Stallions FC, joins Pru Life UK Football for a Better Life when the grassroots program goes to Laguna on August 15 and 16. The 30-year old Rota teams up with former Azkals skipper and current Azkals U-16 coach Chieffy Caligdong and Football for a Better Life Grassroots Development Director Chris Thomas in conducting clinics and tournaments for the youth in Laguna.
Calauan in Laguna is the current site of Buklod Kalinga, an orphanage run by Franciscan sisters. When Rota was a baby, he was left in the care of Buklod Kalinga’s sisters until he was adopted by an Italian couple. Asked why he decided to collaborate with Pru Life UK, Caligdong and Thomas, Rota said, “I know how it feels to have struggles all day and everyday. I want to give the children an opportunity to be happy, to not focus on the hardships but to have fun and laugh and have fellowship with other children.”
Thomas, a British football development consultant, and Rota went to Laguna in late July to ocular the site and make a side visit to Buklod Kalinga where they played football with some of the kids from the home and students from nearby Don Bosco Canlubang. Spending a day with Rota, Thomas was inspired by the latter’s journey from orphan to athlete. He declared, “Like Chieffy who is from humble roots, Simone is a true inspiration not only to me and to the youth of the Philippines, but to humanity. I am extremely excited to work alongside them on our next tour.”
Thomas, Rota and Caligdong are bringing Football for a Better Life’s brand of “good ole football fun” to Laguna. Thomas said, “We have chosen a set of drills and exercises that will hone technical skills while also maximizing the players’ enjoyment.”
Footballers ages 6 to 12 will join the free clinics that will be held on August 15 in Buklod Kalinga/Don Bosco Football Field in Calauan. Meanwhile, the tournaments will be held the following day, August 16, at the Laguna Sports Complex in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Teams from Laguna and other places in southwestern Luzon are expected to participate in the U-8, U-10, U-10, U-14, U-16 and Women’s Open divisions.
The next stop of Football for a Better Life will be in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on August 22-23.