THE Philippine Volcanoes have a new home in the McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig City as they prepare for the Olympic qualifier set this year.
Officials of the Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) and Megaworld Corporation signed a memorandum of agreement to formalize the partnership.
The venue formally welcomes the national squad on Sunday where a rugby youth camp and an exhibition game featuring the Volcanoes and the Lady Volcanoes will be held.
Jericho Go, Megaworld Corporation senior vice president and head of business development and leasing group, said the partnership will help the growth of the sport by making the Philippine Volcanoes accessible to the public.
“Ultimately, what we need to achieve here is get the word out and promote the sport,” said Go, who hopes to soon see the Philippine Volcanoes rise in the world standings.
The Volcanoes, who used to train in Laguna, are No. 1 in Southeast Asia, with a gold medal in the rugby sevens competition of the recent SEA Games in Singapore. The Volcanoes are also No. 5 in Asia and number 51 in the world.
“Soon, we hope to be the No. 1 in Asia and number one in the world. So I think when we put our efforts together that we will be able to achieve that goal,” said Go.
The Volcanoes will be competing in the Asian 7s Series in China (September 5 and 6), Thailand (September 26 and 27), and Sri Lanka (October 10 and 11) before plunging into action in the Hong Kong Qualifiers from November 7 to 8.
Volcanoes team captain Jake Letts said training at a world-class facility like the McKinley Hill Stadium is perfect for their preparations for the Olympic qualifier.
“Training at this facility on a weekly basis is an essential component to our team’s success. The stadium facilities are world-class, and the team can easily access the venue being central to the likes of Makati and the Fort,” said Letts.
The McKinley Hill Stadium has a turf from Italian brand Limonta Sport, whose product is certified by Fifa. Belgian brand Schreder Group GIE and French Zenith Luminaires provided the lighting while the poles were manufactured in Turkey by The Bradwell Group.