Road To Barcelona Year 2 kicks off September 8th in Cebu

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 05, 2018 04:55 PM
Road To Barcelona Year 2 kicks off September 8th in Cebu
The Road to Barcelona Year Two was officially launched September 5th in KidZania, Bonifacio Global City

The road to Barcelona begins once again for a handful of fortunate aspiring young footballers, as Milo Philippines in partnership with champion football club FC Barcelona officially launched the second year of the Milo-FC Barcelona Training Camp entitled Road to Barcelona Year 2.

The official media launch took place Wednesday, September 5th at The Stadium in KidZania, Bonifacio Global City.

This year’s camp will take place on September 8 to 9 at the Cebu Citty Sports Center, where over 160 boys and girls aged 10-12 years old are expected to participate for a chance to join a ‘life-changing champion experience’ in Barcelona, Spain.

“We warmly welcome this momentous collaboration with two iconic sports brands, Milo and FC Barcelona.” said Cebu Football Association (CFA) Vice President Rico Navarro. “Our region has some of the most passionate and talented young players in the country and we hope that this Road to Barcelona camp can foster the right values and grow their appreciation for the sport and everything they learn from it.”

Year two of the Road to Barcelona training camp hopes to replicate the success of last year’s run, where a lucky handful of children were chosen to fly out to Spain for a nine-day training camp facilitated by a select team of FC Barcelona coaches. The kids will also get to experience FC Barcelona’s playing field, Camp Nou.

Similar to the 2017 program, this year’s delegation will be joining delegations from other countries such as Australia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Jamaica, New Zealand, Panama, and Singapore among others.

“Every kid dreams of becoming a champ, That’s why the Road to Barcelona is back to provide kids the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with youth coachs from FC Barcelona.” said Nestle Philippines Vice President Willy de Ocampo. “We’ve taken this year’s invitational camp to the Visayas to share the program to even more children in the region, because we believe that these experiences can encourage them to pursue their passion for the sport and nourish their ambitions.”

Ten-year old Kevin Hadap, one of the kids who took part in last year’s experience, described it as ‘a dream come true.’

Hadap was even able to witness his idol, FC Barcelona star striker Lionel Messi, in action live.

“Nanood po kami ng laro ni Messi, at nakita ko po si Messi na naglalaro,” Hadap said.

Former Azkals member Anton Del Rosario, one of the ambassadors of the program, spoke about how lucky this generation of players are to have opportunities such as the Road to Barcelona.

“Oh my gosh, if I could rewind time? Can I be 12 years old again? Something like this, it’s not only making dreams come true, but it’s also providing dreams,” Del Rosario told ABS-CBN Sports. “A trip like this can inspire a kid to say ‘I wanna be that guy, I wanna be those people that I’m meeting.’ and that’s all you need to do. You just need to implant something like this to a kid’s brain for them to create that determination to be able to set a goal and want to achieve it. This is what they’re doing.”

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