The Football For A Better Life (FFABL) grassroots program will stage its third leg at the Andres Bonifacio College in Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte from September 3 to 4.
Former Azkals skipper Chieffy Caligdong and ex-Loyola Meralco Sparks FC striker Graham Caygill will lead the cast of mentors in the nationwide sports initiative by insurance firms Pru Life UK and Spears Activation.
The two-day program includes training clinics, an Under-8 to Under-14 tournament for boys and girls as well as a Men’s and Women’s Open Under-16 tilt.
According to Albert Almendralejo, head organizer of FFABL, the dedication of the Zamboanga del Norte-Dipolog Football Association to the grassroots scene is the reason why they selected the city to host the meet.
“We chose to hold the third leg of Football For A Better Life in Dipolog because they have been in action in the football scene for long. The city has been producing outstanding athletes such as Jerry Barbaso of the Azkals and Mark Alanquihan of the Little Azkals,” Almendralejo told The Manila Times.
He added that besides promoting the development of the sport in the region, FFABL would also serve as a way of discovering local talents for the national teams.
“We wanted to check out other talents in the grassroots age groups. With the full support of the local government and the local FA, we are confident that football will find a stronghold and source of national team players in Dipolog,” he said.
Participants of the meet will be coming from the neighboring provinces of Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental as well as the cities of Dapitan, Oroqueta, Ozamis and Iligan.
After Dipolog, the FFABL will be staging three more camps in Tarlac City on September 10, Laguna on September 17 and in Pagadian City on September 24.