5-million price tag for PHl's volleyball program

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 06, 2015 09:34 PM
5-million price tag for PHl's volleyball program
Kung meron kaming limang milyon na initial fund, pwede --- Roger Gorayeb on how to mold an international caliber team

SINGAPORE -- Pushing through with its program is a tall order for the Philippine women's volleyball team.

But it also comes with a hefty price.

Roger Gorayeb, the coach who will guide the Nationals in their return to the 28th Southeast Asian Games here, admitted that they need at least P 5 million to continue the program that will include extensive exposure to foreign coaches and club teams.

Gorayeb said the team is being groomed to dominate the 2019 SEA Games so there should be a continuity in the training program that started only two months ago when the country prepared for the Asian U23 Women's Championship in Manila.

And what makes it even more special is the fact that the Philippines might be hosting the 2019 SEA Games.

"Kung meron kaming limang milyon na initial fund, pwede," said Gorayeb, also the PLDT coach who made a courtesy call to sports patron Manny Pangilinan few days before embarking on their SEA Games journey.

"Wala naman kaming napagusapan. It was just a simple courtesy call. It was not about the national team, it was just for the PLDT team."

Gorayeb added that the ideal set up is to train for three months abroad for the next three years. It will also be helpful if local coaches will be given foreign exposure to increase their knowledge of the international game.

"Training ka three months dito, then takbo ka sa ibang bansa. Then laro ka. Kung magugulpi ka, hayaan mo na. Ganyan talaga. Pagbalik dito, assess natin kung anong nangyari. Then, ensayo ulit for three months."

So far, there are standing invites for the national team to train with various club teams. Gorayeb said Australia and Qatar are interested as well as some other undisclosed squads.

"Yung team ng Thailand na nakita natin, yun ang team na gagamitin nila sa 2020. Ganun kahaba ang training program nila. Sana ganun din ang mangyari sa atin. Sayang at madami pa naman tayong talento."


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