21 August 2013

Philippine U-11 boys football team off to UK

TWENTY two members of the Philippine Under-11 boys football team are set to undergo a three-week education and sports training program in the United Kingdom.
The training and educational trip is set from August 23 to September 15 and aims to help the Philippine Football Federation (PFF)prepare a team that will qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2019.     
The program is being undertaken by the PFF in cooperation with both the British Council and British Embassy.
Among those bound for UK include Mark Alanquihan (Dipolog), Mark Amaikurut (Davao), Josh Asignar (Cebu), Yuan Rena (Cebu), Tristan Enad (Cebu), Charles Unabia (Cebu) Chevey Celeste (San Carlos City, Nefros Occ.), Shemrei Marobillo (San Carlos City, Negros Occ.),Joi Gaid Jr. (Cagayan de Oro), Greg Naquines (Cagayan de Oro) and John Karl Solomo (Iloilo)
Also going are Jill Pillora (Iloilo), Agiel John Rojo (South Cotobato), Drexler Valencia (Negros Oriental), Ildefonso Escobin (Laguna), Robert Orr (NCR), Michael Osorio (NCR), Jacob Padernal (NCR), Nikko Guitierrez (NCR), Nicolei San Jose Abalos (Laguna), Shaninho Clemente (NCR), and Vin Joel Dela Cruz (NCR).
Five coaches and staff designated by the PFF will accompany the team.
The boys will have training matches with several U-11 boys’ teams from the UK and get a chance to watch an English Premiere League and a World Cup qualifying match between England and Moldova at the historic Wembley Stadium.
The players are among the top ones scouted from the nationwide  Kasibulan Grassroots Development Program launched in 2012 by the PFF. 
They were selected from among the national pool of U-11 players formed after the subsequent Regional Festival of Football  conducted in March of  this year.
The 22-player selection was made by PFF coaches after simultaneous national pool players’ inspections in Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Tarlac.  
The PFF Kasibulan: Grassroots Football Development Program is funded by Pagcor and supported by the Department of Education and the  Asian Football Development Program.
The United Kingdom boasts of one of the best football programmes in the world and is known for its world-class sports facilities, players, coaches and most importantly, sports education.
The programme will be conducted by Loughborough University in Leicestershire, UK - one of the world’s greatest sporting Institutions.  
The educational and training  program is supported by ABS-CBN Studio 23, Mitre, SM West Avenue Theater, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Voyage Film, and Spears Sports Activation.
A film documentary of this innovative education and training program will be documented by filmmakers Clodualdo del Mundo and Baby Ruth Villarama and produced by Albert Almendralejo.
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  1. Indeed there was this Kasibulan Program conducted last year, but unfortunately, some kids who were selected thrice when they attended three different sessions here in Negros Occidental were not given the chance to play during the festival of footballs held in San Carlos when NOFA instead sent a different team to the event. At least PFF should know the real score! Next time, PLEASE take time to do research if everybody was given the chance to show their talents. :(

  2. Waste of taxpayers money. Bigay na lng yan sa biktima ng bagyo. Di nman yan mnanalo

    1. FYI, hindi gobyerno ang nagsustento dyan. get your facts right.

    2. The only fact u need is pinoys are just jumping on european bandwagon. I think pinoy Football will Die Soon

    3. I think you die first before it happens Moron!!!

  3. Is there even such a thing as U-11 national team? Never heard of it before. And over half of these players wont even make it for the U-16 in a few years. Thats the harsh truth.

    For me, this isnt a national team. Theyre going to be handed a lot of beating in the UK.