Futsal hopes to get big boost in Baguio City-A A +A
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
WITH an endorsement coming from the Department of Education, Cordillera Goshenland Football Club is eyeing to expand its weekly futsal clinic all over the region hoping to generate interest for the sport.
Following the success of its weekly clinic for kids ages 6-12 years old, Goshenland Capital chief executive officer Alex Bangsoy said through CGFC, they hope to bring the sport to a new level in Baguio city and eventually nearby Benguet and nearby towns.
"We hope that futsal gets to become the big thing when it comes to sports specially if we get endorsement from other LGUs and we’d be more than happy to help them," said Bangsoy during a recent press conference.
Backed by reality firm Goshenland, the futsal clinic, which opened July 20 and closes September 21, will see three different levels of skills training aimed at enhancing all participants' proficiency in the indoor sport.
Futsal is a variant of football mainly played indoors. It was developed in Brazil and Uruguay during the 1930s and 1940s and is frequently referred to as five-a-side or mini-soccer.
While Brazil continues to be the futsal hub of the world, the game is now played, under the auspices of FIFA, all over the world, from Europe to North and Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Asia and Oceania.
CGFC has been at the forefront of promoting football in Baguio City with their series of football clinics and tournaments during the summer. This rainy season, the club has opted to teach futsal as it will soon be played in regional games and at the Palarong Pambansa.
CGFC coach Aris Bocalan meanwhile said futsal is suited in the Summer Capital and other parts of the Cordillera because of the lack of wide football fields.
“Futsal can be played in basketball courts and with the presence of too many gyms here in Baguio, futsal can be played anywhere unlike regular football where one needs a huge space,” said the former national futsal team member.
Bangsoy meanwhile said with the continued development of futsal in the city, CGFC is eyeing to hold a national tournament that would make Baguio as the futsal capital of the country.
“We know for a fact that Iloilo and Bacolod are considered as hotbed of football in the country, wala pang futsal capital that’s why once we completed our clinics here, we will be launching a national tournament probably next year,” added the city’s biggest football supporter.
The realty firm CEO said the tournament, which is national in scope, is their way of luring tourists to visit Baguio and enjoy the sceneries.
Bangsoy added aside from the weekly clinic for children, CGFC is also eyeing to conduct similar trainings for DepEd teachers.
The training for DepEd teachers will be free of charge, as it has done in its past teacher’s football clinic.
Bocalan meanwhile added CGFC has also started to train students of the Baguio City National high School.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 04, 2013.