Friday, April 27, 2012
THE National Football Grassroots Development Program of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) kicked off Sunday at the Energy Park in Barangay Apokon, Tagum City.
Edwin Lasquite of the City Information Office (CIO) of Tagum said in an e-mailed statement that Mayor Rey Uy has thrown his full support for the program, stressing that sports plays an important role in the development of the youth since it keeps them busy.
He added, "Mayor Uy underscored the importance of the strong commitment by local government units to sports development, saying that LGUs play an important role in the training of the future athletes who will compete in national or even international sports competitions."
Mayor Uy, in a press conference during the launching of the program Sunday at the Energy Park, said: "Venues for training are very important. The City Government of Tagum has provided suitable training grounds like the Energy Park and the Rotary Park which housed the city's major sports and recreational facilities."
He added sports development programs will be among his major projects for the span of his term saying that sports events also lure tourists to their city.
Philippine Azkals Football Team members Ian Araneta and Roel Gener also attended the launching of the program to inspire young football players to strive and excel in the sport.
Various football clinics will be conducted by the PFF in Tagum City.
They are also be backed up by the Davao del Norte Football Association and the Filipino-Chinese Heritage and Cultural Society in launching different football programs in the city this year. (RPSA)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 27, 2012.