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World-class training
awaits Negrense booters

A chance to join world-class football camps in Malaysia and Europe await young Negrense booters who joined in the TM Football Para sa Bayan clinic held in Sta. Maria Football Field, Talisay City yesterday.

Fernando Esguerra, Globe Telecom Director for Citizenship, said among the 144 Negros players, aged 10-12, who underwent the clinic will be selected to fill in the 12 slots for the Philippines bound for the Astro Kem Bola Advanced Training Programme in Kuala Lumpur in September.

The 12 Filipino players, either boy or girl footballer, will be drafted from the four TM Football Para sa Bayan selection clinics in Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Davao City, and Metro Manila, Esguerra said.

The results of the selection will announced in the last week of August, he added.

The Filipino booters will join their counterparts from Malaysia and Singapore to make up the total 64 aspirants from whom 32 players will be selected to train with a world-class football team in Europe for two weeks, all for free courtesy of Astro Malaysia and Globe, Esguerra said.

Screened by Green Archers United, the aspirants displayed their skills in a six-a-side football play and drills to determine their communication and playing skills, character and standout talent through a point system rubric, Hans-Peter Smit, Program Technical Director, said.

The first leg of the project was held Saturday at the PFF national Training Center in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo. Mindanao hopefuls will try out on August 13 at the Tionko Football Field in Davao City, and the clinic selection for NCR players will be held at the De La Salle Santiago Zobel football field in Manila on August 20.

Smit said the selection team has already shortlisted about 10 players in Iloilo and is confident that more will be included in the Negros-leg.

He said they are positive that some, if not all, of the 12 drafted young Filipinos will enter the two-week training in Europe.

Now on its fourth year, Football Para sa Bayan continues its aim to provide opportunity to all football talents coming from all backgrounds, Esguerra said.

He said Globe and TM's focus on the grassroots development of football has paved way for their beneficiaries in being enrolled as academic and sports scholars in frontrunner colleges and universities.

“We believe that football forms their values, builds character and provides opportunities for the Filipino youth,” he added.*KBC


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