7s Football League introduces weekly football clinics
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 24, 2019 04:09 PM
(Photo courtesy of 7s Football League)In an effort to further widen the reach of the beautiful game and inculcate awareness, the Philam Life 7s Football League has introduced weekly football clinics in partnership with its title sponsor Philam Life.
Over 100 youngsters and teenagers from the Madilay-dilay Elementary School and Sampaloc National High School in Tanay, Rizal were the first ones to experience the fun-filled football clinics for the last two match days.
Present during the one-hour weekly session was Philam Life CMO Leonard Tan.
"Anton Del Rosario has this vision of bringing football awareness into the country, and Philam Life, being the title sponsor, is trying to see how we can help football grow in the country. Our mother company, AIA, sponsors the Tottenham Hotspur F.C. So when Anton said he was going to do football clinics and a women's league, we know it's only growing and growing," said Tan.
Basic football drills like passing, dribbling, and striking were taught in the one-hour clinic, which shall now be a regular endeavor on the part of the league.
"Nakakataba ng puso that the kids loved it and the coaches liked it. It's really making a difference and inspiring the kids. Seeing the smiles on their faces, we had only one hour but the kids said they still want to play more. That teaches us na hindi puro video game or phone na lang. You get out and you play, you develop sportsmanship, the values of teamwork, and how to play each other. When you win, how to celebrate, and when you lose, how to accept defeat," furthered Tan.
Such program is another major step towards the right direction for the Philam Life 7s Football League, which hopes to inspire more people, especially the youth, to immerse themselves and get involved more in football.
"The next step for us is to help communities build football pitches. Kahit simple lang, like sa basketball, sa tabi tabi lang, mga halfcourt, gawa sa plywood yung backboard, so maybe we can do something," said Tan.
About Philam Life 7s Football League:
The Philam Life 7s Football League is the country’s flagship seven-a-side football competition.
Founded by former long-time Philippine Azkals defender and influencer Anton del Rosario, the league aims to provide a premier competition for footballers around the nation, groom players for possible international competitions, and develop talents from the grassroots level all the way to top-caliber level.
The third season is the biggest so far in 7s FL’s early existence, as the league was able to draw a record 12 teams in the men’s seniors division while introducing the inaugural 7s Youth Football League and Women’s 7s Football League.