Cavite Football Association (CAFA) President Perry Camba is happy with the growth of football at the grassroots level in their province.
According to Camba, CAFA has laid down specific agendas for the development of the different facets of the sport not just the players.
“The programs CAFA undertook is two-pronged, one is focused on the development of youth skills and the other one is the improvement of knowledge and know-how of coaches and officials to help in the development of Cavite youth football skills,” Camba told The Manila Times.
Camba said that CAFA has 11 events in the province among them the grassroots football competition CAFA Cup, coaching as well as referees courses.
The provincial football organizing body is also under the Kasibulan program of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) for the past two years.
Camba said that they hold the Kasibulan camp on a regular basis and it has been a source of players for the Cavite team competing in PFF-sanctioned tourneys.
“We have tournaments after each training period and players were selected to participate in the annual PFF Festival Of Football,” he said.
Camba said that they have been receiving positive reception particularly on the good effects of the program on the youth.
“This is also a good avenue to promote good family relationships. The program is very successful because of the cooperation between parents, kids, and CAFA.”
Camba added that though their programs are so far sustainable, they continue to look for other ways to improve them.
“The current program we have has been successful but CAFA continues to look for more avenues to make its players skills at the highest standards. Additional tournaments are being introduced every year and sending them in the national level keeps the development going.”
In last year’s PFF Under-22 National Championships, CAFA’s Cherifer Flame United FC, which is composed of players from champion team Arellano University, bagged the runner up plum.
Camba said that the cities of Bacoor, Dasmariñas, Imus and Cavite have a very positive response to their football program.
He said that in the aforementioned locations, there are 14 clubs under their umbrella with a total of 12 facilities that are equipped to host regular events.
“Some big UFL names are constantly helping our member clubs in inspiring and helping our kids develop their football skills. With this development, more and more players based in Cavite are playing in big leagues already.”
Camba revealed that they are considering merging with the Laguna Football Association (LFA) to become a regular member of the PFF.
“PFF has been tasked to re-align its membership through mergers of football associations (FA’s), in our case, Laguna Football Association will merge with Cavite Football Association soon to form a regional FA. In that case, both LFA and CAFA will be a regular member as one organization.”
CAFA has been a probationary member of the PFF for the past 10 years.
“CAFA is supposed to become regular member in 2014 after the PFF Membership Committee recommendation but with the sudden turn of events, the FIFA statute changed and required PFF only 33 regular members and no other status under it,” he concluded.