Philippine Azkals lend a hand at the Football for a Better Life 2015 clinic

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 11, 2015 11:22 AM
Azkals lend a hand at the Football for a Better Life clinic
The Azkals with Little Azkals Shane Clemente and Jacob Pedernal who also helped out at the football clinic

Football for a Better Life 2015, the grassroots football development program supported by Pru Life UK, concluded its tour for the year at the Army Support Command (ASCOM) Football field recently.

One hundred twenty kids and eight community teams from Gawad Kalinga villages in Metro Manila took part in the first day football clinic wherein the children were taught by no less than members of the Philippine Azkals Men’s Football Team. Current team captain Rob Gier and his team mates Daisuke Sato, Dennis Villanueva, Misagh Bahadoran, Simone Rota and former Azkals goal keeper Ref Cuaresma complemented the training given by former Azkals skipper Chieffy Caligdong and Pru Life UK Grassroots Football Director Chris Thomas. Shane Clemente and Jacob Pedernal, members of the Little Azkals training team, assisted them.

The young footballers from Gawad Kalinga ages 6-12 were taught skills in dribbling, passing, agility and body coordination. The clinic was capped with games and a mini-tournament wherein GK Tatalon emerged as the champion and Kevin Hadap was declared MVP.

The following day’s tournaments had more than 50 boys’ football teams/clubs vying for honors. Army FC cinched the top spot for the U-14 and U-8 age groups, while Nomads FC and Global FC were the champions in the U-13 age group and the U-10 age groups, respectively.

Football for a Better Life 2015 conducted clinics and tournaments in ten key cities/provinces nationwide from March to November. These were in Barotac, Nuevo Iloilo; Pampanga; San Carlos, Negros Occidental; Cagayan de Oro; Dumaguete; Naga; Laguna, Tarlac, Palawan and NCR. About 8,000 boys and girls have benefitted from this year’s program.

“It’s been an amazing journey,” said Pru Life UK Chief Marketing Officer Belle Tiongco. “Our program gives s hope for the future that we will find the best football athletes this part of Asia.”

SPEARS Sports, organizer of Football for a Better Life, said that there are plans to continue the program and implement it in more areas around the Philippines in 2016.

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