Chieffy & James lead Football for a Better Life 2016 kick-off in Gingoog

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 01, 2016 11:46 AM
Chieffy, James lead Football for a Better Life in Gingoog
former Azkals team captain Chieffy Caligdong and national team striker James Younghusband team up for the Football for a Better Life 2016 kick-off in Gingoog

Former Azkals skipper Chieffy Caligdong and Azkals striker James Younghusband are teaming up for Football for a Better Life 2016—the first stop of which will be held on August 6-7 in Gingoog City. Caligdong and Younghusband will be joined by Graham Caygill and Jason de Jong who, like Younghusband, are players of Loyola Meralco Sparks.

Football for a Better Life 2016 (FFABL 2016) is the grassroots football program supported by Pru Life UK in cooperation with local football associations and LGUs. Gingoog, known for its rich Manobo and Higaonon tribal culture, also has a thriving football scene and is one of the most active promoters of the sport in Northern Mindanao.

On August 6, Saturday, Caligdong, together with Caygill, a Fil-Brit whose mother hails from Butuan City, will conduct free football clinics at the People’s Grandstand on Motoomull Street, Gingoog City. The clinic participants are underprivileged children from Balay Pangarap home for street children, as well as kids from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) shelters, and young students from selected public schools and barangays.

“The main goal at the clinics is for the participants to have fun and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience playing with the celebrity footballers,” says co-organizer Coach Percy Guarin of the Cagayan de Oro Football Association.

 Also on August 6, will be a tournament for the U8 Mixed, U10 Mixed, U12 Boys U14 Boys and Girls, and U18 Boys and Girls groups. The matches for the U18 Boys and Girls, and Men’s Open and Women’s Open categories will be held on August 7, Sunday. The age group tournaments have a minimal charge for the operations of the local football association.

Younghusband and de Jong will take part in the closing ceremonies to be held on August 7.

Teams from different parts of Mindanao, and not just Gingoog City are expected to join the tournament. These include football clubs from the province of Misamis Oriental, Camuigin, and Bukidnon; Agusan del Norte; Surigao del Norte, and the cities of El Salvador, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cabadbaran, Surigao, Malaybalay and Valencia.

The MOCA-GESCO Regional Football Assocation (FA), Rotary Club of Gingoog City, the Gingoog Football Parents Association, and coaches from the areas are contributing their time and effort to make the two-day event a big success.

Based on the numerous age groups/categories, and expected number of participants,Coach Percy predicts that FFABL will be one of the biggest football events in Gingoog.

 Interested teams may contact Coach Percy at [email protected]

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