BUTUAN CITY, Philippines – More than 500 children is expected to participate in the 2nd leg of the Kasibulan Football Grassroots Festival slated on June 29 – July 1, 2012 at the Butuan City Sports Complex in Brgy. Libertad, Butuan City.
The football clinic, which is aimed at introducing the game of football to about 3,000 kids ages 6 – 12 years old, is organized by the Butuan-Agusan Norte Football Association (BANFA) and the Philippine Football Federation (PFF).
According to BANFA President and Butuan City Vice Mayor Lawrence “Law” Fortun this grassroots development program is patterned after the very successful football program of the Federal Republic of Germany. “Since this program is offered for free, I urge the public to take advantage of this opportunity and entice their kids to participate in this worthwhile event.
It is hoped that the next Azkals Team who will compete in the Asian Football Cup on 2018 will come from the participants of this program, and hopefully someone will come from our area as we have already proven in the past to produce high caliber football player,” said Fortun.
Not all major cities had the chance to host this kind of football festival and Butuan City and the province of Agusan del Norte is lucky to be included owing to the very active local football association headed by Fortun.
Apart from the football clinic, a Basic Coaching Course will also be offered to interested football enthusiasts. To entice more participants to the clinic, BANFA and the PFF have partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) for this leg’s staging.
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