MORE than 500 kids troop to the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila field starting on September 19 for the Fifa-backed Kasibulan grassroots football program.
As many as 60 football coaches from the different elementary schools from Manila, Pasay, Makati, San Juan, and Quezon City will run the three-day event organized by the National Capital Region Football Association headed by Roland Tulay.
The event backed by Pagcor and Vitamilk Champ offers free lessons to participants as part of the sport’s grassroots program aimed at discovering talents for the 2019 Fifa Under-17 World Cup.
Tulay, also the secretary-general of the Philippine Football Federation, cited the City of Manila and the Department of Education during yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate.
“With the present popularity of football in the country this program will definitely help sustain its development,” added Tulay.
The Gawad Kalinga is also part of the event. Also helping out are Summit Natural Drinking Water and 100Plus Isotonic sports drink.
Joining Tulay in the sports forum were Faline Sano of Vitamilk, Kevin Goco of Gawad Kalinga, Dr. Cristina Reyes of DepEd Manila, city administrator Jay Marzan and Rico Acuna of Pagcor.
The three-day festival will be highlighted by a seminar for coaches, public school teachers and barangay leaders as well as assessment and training for the kids aged nine to 12 years.