Football for a Better Life returns to Dumaguete

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 17, 2016 10:53 AM
Football for a Better Life returns to Dumaguete
Chieffy Caligdong and Ref Cuaresma with Little Azkals Tristan Enad, Charles Unabia, Shemrei Marabillo, Chevey Celeste and DJ Valencia at last year's Football for a Better Life event in Dumaguete City.

Football for a Better Life (FFABL), the grassroots football development program supported by Pru Life UK and spearheaded by former Azkals skipper Chieffy Caligdong, returns to Dumaguete City, a hub of tourism and literature in the province of Negros Oriental. FFABL is holding a football clinic on August 20 and tournaments on August 20 and 21. Venue is at the Rusi Open Field in Cinafranca Subdivision in Barangay Daro, Dumaguete City.

This is the second time that FFABL is visiting Dumaguete, also known as the City of Gentle People. The first time was in June 2015.   

Caligdong, together with Loyola Meralco Sparks player Graham Caygill are conducting free football clinics for underprivileged children on August 20. Simone Rota of the Philippine Azkals Men’s National Football Team and Stallions FC, and Ref Cuaresma, also of Stallions FC, are flying in the next day to help in supervising the matches and to grace the closing ceremonies.

Cuaresma cleared his schedule so he could join the FFABL Dumaguete leg. Cuaresma is a product of the Negros Oriental-Siquijor Regional Football Association (NOSIRFA) program. A former Azkals goalkeeper, he played for the national team from 2001-2008 and from 2011-2014. At present, Cuaresma is the playing goalkeeping coach of Stallions FC; he also runs his own goalkeeping academy called 1GKAcademy.

Cuaresma is thrilled to return to his hometown. He says, “Coming back where it all started is a great opportunity for me to share my coaching abilities and my experience, my failures and success through the love of the game. I want to inspire every young footballer and tell him that dreams do come true with focus, hard work and God’s guidance.”

The FFABL Tournament will have five-versus-five matches (mixed, boys and girls) for 6 to 8 year-olds. And seven-versus-seven matches (mixed, boys and girls) for 9-10 and 11-12 age groups. The other games are for U14 Boys, U14 Girls, U17 Boys, U17 Girls and Men’s Open categories. 

Eighty-five teams from football clubs from all over Negros have confirmed participation.

The Dumaguete leg of Football For A Better Life is co-organized with the Negros Oriental-Siquijor Regional Football Association (NOSIRFA), Herodotus Society of Silliman University, Batch ’77 of Silliman High School, the Office of Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo, the Office of Negros Oriental Governor Degamo, the Baragay Council of Daro, Oldskul FC, Daro Boys and the Silliman Univeristy Alumni Affairs.

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