After her collegiate volleyball career, three-time University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez wants to share her skills through her own volleyball clinic named Alyssa Valdez Skills Camp. Valdez announced that she is scheduled to conduct training camps from May 5 to 22 in various locations in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Valdez, who will turn 23 in June, led Ateneo De Manila University to three UAAP final appearances and two titles (Season 76 and 77).
“I will be teaching volleyball the whole month of May starting this week. That’s what I really wanted to do,” Valdez, told The Manila Times in a news conference on Wednesday at the Frazzled Cook restaurant in Quezon City.
“There will be three age classes. For kids, there will be 6-year-old to 12 class, 14-year-old to 18 and the open category. We will be going to different places like Cubao, Cainta, Dasmarinas, Batangas and Calamba, Laguna. Different coaches and players will also be there,” she added.
Besides Valdez, volleyball players Bernadeth Pons, Angel Tabaquero, Shaya Adorador, John Vic De Guzman, Mylene Paat, Amy Ahomiro, Gretchel Soltones, EJ Laure and coach Kung Fu Reyes will be present in Valdez’s training camps.
Although Ateneo lost to De La Salle University in the UAAP finals last week, Valdez said that it’s all behind her now and she’s now looking forward to play in the upcoming 13th season of Shakey’s V-League this month.
“I will be playing in V-League but I don’t have a team yet,” Valdez told reporters. “We still haven’t talked with any team yet. I really wanted to play also in other tournaments in the Philippines and represent the country in tournaments abroad.”
“I’m really open to play overseas and if given a chance as what I’ve said – play for the national team, and who wouldn’t want that? For now, I want to finish my studies in Ateneo first.”
Valdez, an AB Psychology graduate, is finishing her master’s degree studies in Ateneo.
She was a member of the Philippine team that competed in the Asian Under-23 Championship and the 28th Southeast Asian Games last year in Singapore. Valdez was the Philippine delegation’s flag-bearer in the latter.
“If there will be an offer to play [outside the country], let’s see,” she added. “I think it is another way to show other countries that Philippine volleyball is becoming more competitive. There were offers from Hawaii, Thailand and Taiwan during last year when we played in Under-23,” Valdez said.