Young booters show promise in Dynamic FL 2nd conference-A A +A
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
THE 2nd Conference of Dynamic Football League (DFL) kicked off Sunday with hundreds of young footballers in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental converging at the Panaad Park and Stadium to begin their quest for the league's prestigious U11 and U13 titles.
The tournament, which runs until September, saw a renewed interest in the sport as hundreds of spectators, mostly parents and relatives, woke up early to be part of the opening rites.
Following the brief ceremony, University of St. La Salle-Integrated School trampled Bata Elementary School-I, 6-2 and Don Bosco Technical Institute blanked University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, 6-nil in the U11 division while St. Scholastica's Academy downed St. John's Institute, 4-nil in the 13U category.
League benefactor Ricky Yanson said he expects a better conference this time as more teams have joined.
"I'm happy to see that there are many teams from outside Bacolod participating in this tournament aimed at providing young players the opportunity to develop their skills as well as create awareness regarding of this event," Yanson said.
"More than the players, it is noticeable that parents also enjoy this grassroots development program which will be staged annually except during summer," he stressed.
The DFL offers this two-month tournament free of charge but transportation allowance of participating teams is shouldered by their respective schools or local government units.
"We don't provide transportation subsidy to these teams because we also want to encourage the local government units to support their respective teams. What we can assure are the prizes for the top finishers," Yanson said.
At present, the Philippine Football Federation is holding a series of age-group tryouts across the country and Yanson invites the federation to come over to Bacolod or send observers to look at the dynamic league here.
"They can do some scouting and who knows they might find a number of young talented footballers here," he added.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 29, 2014.