Defending champion University of St. La Salle-Integrated School heads the list of the 12 teams in the U13 category, while six teams are vying for the title in the U16 group as the Dynamic Football League 2014 opens this Saturday at the Panaad Park and Stadium pitch in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
To challenge the USLS-IS squad in the U13 division are Andres Bonifacio Elementary School, Apolinario Mabini ES, Bata ES, Don Bosco Technical Institute, ETC La Carlota City College, La Consolacion School, Philippine Normal University, St. John’s Institute, St. Scholastica’s Academy, Trinity Christian School, and last conference’s first runner-up University of Negros Occ.-Recoletos.
Competing in the U16 category are Don Bosco Technical Institute, Doña Monserat Lopez National High School, Negros Occ. High School, Ramon Torres Nat’l High School (Bago), UNO-R, and USLS.
Launched last year as "Negros First U13 Football League", with Moises Padilla Elementary School football team bagging the inaugural title and the USLS-IS grabbing the championship in the second conference, the tournament adds the U16 category this year to bring more development to the children’s skills and personalities.
A brainchild of football patron Ricky Yanson of the Dynamic Football Club, the tournament is focused on promoting football among school children.
Tournament official Andrew Infante said that after one year, the success of the tournament can be seen in the children’s enjoyment of the game and their positive interaction with their fellow football players inside and outside the pitch.
“With the support of school officials - both public and private, coaches and parents, the league is slowly gaining popularity. Because of its encouraging result, the organizers are motivated to continue the program this year,” Infante said.*NAB
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