Summer football clinic slated

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

AT least three venues serve as the homes of a two month summer clinic being organized by a local football group.

With the Melvin Jones football ground still in need of fixing after being used as a stage for a carnival, the football grounds of Brent International School, Benguet State University and Scout Barrio are eyed as venues for the Cordillera Goshen Land Football Club summer football clinic.

Slated this April and May, the clinic will follow the FIFA grassroots football program as the instructional approach.


According to the Fifa approach, "Football above all is a game, presented as play, simplified and adapted to the children's characteristics."

Under the Fifa approach, grassroots football should present the two basic concepts of football: cooperation and opposition and explains grassroots football is an excellent means of physical, motor, psychomotor, mental and social training.

Football’s international governing body also gives premium importance to the role of parents in grassroots football, known as the Parents' Code which is to encourage rather than force or oblige and the saying "remember that children play football for their own enjoyment, not for that of their parents."

The Fifa approach also admonishes kid players in grassroots football in its Children's Code which says "play for your own enjoyment and not simply to please parents or coaches and respect your opponents, learn and respect the rules of the game and the rules of the group while ensuring fair play in all circumstances."

Baguio’s top coaches and former national standouts Aries Bocalan, Gatan Dalang will form the coaching staff of the clinic which starts April 9 with registration at the Cordillera Goshen Land Football Club office at 35-Montinola Subdivision, Kisad Road.

Interested footballers, beginners or experienced, from ages 6 to 12 years are welcome to enroll and must bring two copies of 2x2 pictures and their medical certificates of the clinic which will run up to May with three modules.

Bocalan and Dalang played for Ateneo during their college days winning a three peat in the UAAP from 2005-2007, while Udan was a member of the Under-17 Philippine National Football Team which saw action at the Asian Football Championship in Vietnam from 2003-2004 and a member of the Under 23 Philippine National Football Team Training Pool from 2006-2007.

A festival and the first Cordillera Goshen Land Summer Football Cup will follow the clinic as an application avenue for the enrollees. The Summer Cup will be held at Brent International School and Benguet State University football grounds from April 28, 29 and May 1.

Registration for the Summer Cup is open to all age groups, ladies and men's football teams. Interested parties for the clinic and tournaments may contact coach Aries at 09493670089, coach Gatan at 09163067377 and coach Nestor at 09276420356.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 02, 2012.


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