British Ambassador Asif Ahmad hosted a training session for kids representing the UK in a mini World Cup on May 7 at his residence in Makati City. The ambassador participated in the two-hour session and was joined by British diplomats First Secretary Steph Lysaght and Second Secretary Colin Glen in conducting a training session to prepare the team for Saturday’s tournament.
The 2014 Ambassadors’ Cup Grassroots Football Project will be held on May 10. A friendly tournament composed of children aged between seven to 13 years old from various communities around Metro Manila, and the UK team is coached by Gerald Mendoza of Brgy. Pinagsama in Taguig City. The event will take place at the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) as part of a program to promote football at the grassroots level.
“I want everyone in our team to feel our genuine support and encouragement. Young people represent the future of football in this country. Playing the game is not only improving their physical skills but more importantly, instilling lifelong values such as discipline, tenacity, teamwork and self-confidence that will spill over to other areas and create a stronger foundation for future success,” Ambassador Ahmad said in a statement.
“Filipinos will increasingly understand that football is a very accessible game. All you need is a ball, some friends and a little space, be it a traffic free lane or a basketball court. It is important for the enthusiasm for the sport from the players to be felt also by the business community in the Philippines so that they can understand the full commercial dimension of the world’s favorite game,” he added.
Besides UK, other embassies participating in the Ambassadors Cup are Chile, South Africa, Nigeria, South Korea, Timor Leste, Mexico, Argentina, Indonesia, Canada and the United States. The tournament is organized by UA&P, the Philippine Football Federation and their partners.