THE Philippine men’s football team on Sunday launched a youth football development program dubbed “A Project” at the Music Hall of the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
In partnership with MOA, the program for kids aged 6 to 12 aims to develop world-class players through training techniques and methods used by foreign clubs.
Total Football, a Japan-based group led by newly named Global FC coach Leigh Manson, will run the classes that will be held at the Music Hall or at the parking lots during weekends for the entire year.
Trainers will assess the current level of play of a certain child before creating a personalized module for the aspirant to follow.
The program costs P500 per session or P4,500 for 10 sessions, but offers a scholarship program for children from marginalized communities who will survive tryouts.
Azkals marketing officer Jopet Concio stressed the program does not want to compete with other growing football schools in the country.
"We’d like to support what they’re doing.”
Manson and his crew gave a glimpse of the training sessions on an artificial turf inside the Music Hall.
“I hope some of the kids here become future Azkals,” said national team manager Dan Palami, who graced the event along with national players James Younghusband, Misagh Bahadoran, and OJ Porteria, among others.