LVPI strengthens grassroots program with nationwide tourney
Mark Escarlote on Aug 02, 2018 08:08 PM
Newly-elected LVPI president Peter Cayco wants to boost the country's volleyball grassroots program.
As part of his first order of business, newly-elected Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Peter Cayco looks to strengthen country's grassroots program.
Cayco, who replaced former association head Joey Romasanta in the election held at the LVPI office in Arellano University-Taft, reiterated the importance of tapping and developing young talents that will eventually fill the national pool.
LVPI was able to get the support of long-time volleyball patron Shakey’s in its endeavor.
The national sports association partnered with the corporate sponsor for the staging of LVPI-Shakey’s Inter-secondary tournament for boys and girls teams.
“It’s going to be school-based. Maganda yun kasi may NCAA, UAAP then si Shakey’s naman all over the country. So mako-consolidate na natin ang grassroots program,” said Cayco.
In fact, the tournament opened its National Capital Region leg last June 12.
“Katatapos lang actually ng inter-secondary which was managed by Ariel (Paredes). Shakey’s na ang sumuporta roon, Shakey’s and LVPI,” said the LVPI head. “We started with 16 boys team and 14 girls teams. Noong mag-start kami ang daming humahabol, after the opening, ang sabi namin ‘hindi na gugulo ang schedule e.’”
The tournament will also have regional legs where top teams will then compete in the National Finals to be held in Manila April next year.
“So mayroon na kaming naka-set na Visayas (Bacolod) magkakaroon sila ng legs sa kanila local, Cagayan De Oro, Davao. Sa Cebu nagni-negotiate pa kami eh,” said Cayco. “Tapos sa norte sa Ilocos Sur ilalagay. Yung Baguio naka-ready na raw sila.”
“Right now magiging regional eliminations then balak namin magkaroon ng National Finals pero maikli lang para yung mga nasa province hindi na masyadong mababad rito,” he added.
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