MORE than a year since its launch in February 2012, the Kasibulan Grassropots Football Program being funded by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) has introduced nearly 60,000 young children to the sport nationwide.
The “Kasibulan” grassroots football program, which aims to develop Filipino football talents aged six to 12, received a P20 million funding from the state-run gaming agency.
Pagcor Chairman and CEO Cristino Naguiat Jr. said that the significant progress made by the Kasibulan project can be attributed to the men and women who helped promote and generate awareness on the sport of football. He particularly cited the effort being exerted by the football coaches from the Armed Forces of the Philippines in introducing the game to young children from far-flung communities in the coun try.
“We’re not surprised that Kasibulan immediately made an impact on the lives of these children. This project is a collaborative effort among Pagcor, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) and the football coaches in different parts of the country. We are very happy to see these young football enthusiasts very eager in their quest to become the next generatiobn of Batang Azkals,” Naguiat said.
The PFF recently organized the first Regional Festival of Football for 2013 using Pagcor’s funding. These football festivals serve as training pool of potential talents from which the country’s national football players will eventually emanate.