Last July 23, Globe Telecom, in partnership with Astro Malaysia held TM Football Para sa Bayan football clinic in Barotac Nuevo. Around 300 children from Iloilo participated with the hope that they will be part of the delegation that will join world-class football camps in Malaysia and possibly, Europe for free.
TM Football Para sa Bayan is a nationwide campaign that aims to further develop the skills of young football players and give them the opportunity to widen their sports experience.
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Only 12 players from all walks of life, aged 10-12, will be chosen to attend the Astro Kem Bola Advanced Training Programme in Kuala Lumpur in September together with their counterparts from Singapore and Malaysia. Selected top players from the advanced camp will then fly to Europe for two weeks of professional football training in December 2016.
|Coach Hans Peter Smith, Coach Chieffy Caligdong and Fernando Esguerra, Globe Director for Citizenship|
The clinic held at the PFF Training Center in Barotac Nuevo kicked off the campaign, followed by another one in Talisay, Negros Occidental the following day. Coach Hans Peter Smith of Green Archers United and Iloilo's very own Chieffy Caligdong were given the very challenging task of selecting the top 12 participants who will be brought to Malaysia.
"The Astro Kem Bola programme aims to provide a comprehensive learning and football development experience. Through it, we have seen talented kids grow into well-rounded athletes playing in the Malaysian national youth team on an international platform. We are privileged to be able to play a role in their development and look forward to do the same for the youth of Philippines and other Asean countries," said Datuk David Michael Yap, Vice President of Community Affairs, Astro. The Malaysian media and entertainment powerhouse network, likewise, introduced recently to Globe customers the latest in live sports such as e-games and the newest Asian shows via over-the-top (OTT) provider Tribe.
"We are proud that Astro has chosen TM Football Para sa Bayan as a venue to discover talented kids who would be given an opportunity to further harness their craft and bring them closer to their dreams. Through our sports advocacy, we hope to forge similar partnerships with other like-minded organizations to help uplift the lives of the youth especially those from the marginalized sector and provide them with a platform to showcase their talents," said Fernando Esguerra, Globe Director for Citizenship.
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Ray Guinoo, TM Portfolio and Brand Head has this to say: "TM, being a brand for the youth, is always after the development of our young people. One of the ways to do this is through TM Football Para sa Bayan. We are using the power of sports to instill in the youth the importance of possessing the right attitude, good values, and a good education. Hopefully, through the sports communities and the tie up with Astro, we can create more opportunities for the kids across the country."
|Iloilo media and bloggers pose with Coach Chieffy Caligdong.|
More TM Football Para sa Bayan clinics are scheduled in Tionko Football Field, Bolton Riverside, Quimpo Blvd., Agro, Davao City on August 13; and De La Salle Santiago Zobel football field, University Ave., Ayala Alabang, Metro Manila on August 20.
The football clinics are open to all street football communities, underprivileged kids, varsity players from public and private schools, and private football clubs.
Interested participants may register by sending their complete name, birth date, contact number to email@example.com or call Deeg Rodriguez at +639178843334.