A two-day football clinic and training camp facilitated by Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Women’s Department head Ernest Nierras was held at the Biñan Football Stadium as part of the preparations of the Women’s National Team for 2016.
The camp, which was attended by a total of 36 participants in the first day of the sessions, is part of a long-term program of the federation to develop the talent pool of the Filipina players.
“This is the plan of the PFF. Our president is very supportive of women’s development so he’s empowering us to make sure that we continue to train these girls so when the time comes for their tryout these girls will be ready,” Nierras said in an interview with The Manila Times after the training camp in Laguna.
The former coach of the Women’s National Football Team, known as the Malditas, also revealed that the newly built stadium in Laguna would be the new home of the women’s program of the federation.
Additionally, he stressed that they are planning to hold the clinics at the new home stadium on a monthly basis to boost the progress of the local women’s players in the country.
“The plan is that this will be the home of the women’s development programs. We plan to keep holding sessions here and these sessions are open to everybody. If you want to be part of the women’s national team, just come here and train,” he said.
Despite a low number of participants during the first weekend of their developmental project for the Malditas, Nierras is optimistic that it will eventually pick-up more attendees in the succeeding months.
“What’s important is that we got this going. The interest [from the players]is there. So I expect more players to come in the succeeding sessions. I envision this were we’re gonna have 100 to 200 participants every weekend.”
According to Nierras, they opted to start the program as early as this month as they try to bolster their department’s preparations for their busy year.
“We have four tournaments this year. In March, we have the under-14, October U16 and U19 and in August, we have the seniors. We have a lot of important tournaments this year.”
JAELLE NEVIN REYES