THE Cebu Province Sports Commission (CPSC) will go all out with its grassroots sports training program.

The project, which took almost a year to plan, will now go full blast with the trainors’ seminar that will start on July 3.

Yesterday, the staff of the CPSC and its commissioners representing the private sector Dr. Danilo Villadolid and table tennis mentor Jessica Honoridez joined the weekly Kapistorya Forum of the Cebu Provincial Capitol Information Office to launch the project, which is aimed to discover outstanding athletes from the cities and towns in Cebu.

CPSC’s first move is to conduct the training for coaches in every congressional district.

“We will start with the training of coaches. The first batch is on July 3, 4 and 5. The venue is Dalaguete and Badian. And it will be followed on July 10, 11 and 12 in Minglanilla and Balamban and the last batch will be on July 17, 18 and 19 in Medellin and Liloan,” CPSC staff Brando Velasquez said.

There will be at least 2,240 coaches and trainors from all over Cebu Province, who will undergo the three-day seminar.

In return, they are tasked to echo what they have learned to coaches and trainors of their respective municipalities.

The priority events include athletics, swimming, table tennis, badminton, chess, baseball, basketball, football, sepak takraw, softball, volleyball, arnis, karatedo and taekwondo.

Federation of Association of Barangay Captains (FABC) president and ex-officio member of the Cebu Provincial Board, Celestino “Tining” Martinez III, who is also one of the commissioners, told Sun.Star Cebu earlier that this program draws an all out support from Gov. Jun-Jun Davide and all the board members.

“This is the best way to discover (sports) talents. I just hope we can sustain this kind of program because finding an athletic gem doesn’t happen overnight.

We need to mold the athletes the right attitude, the correct training and discipline. We (provincial board) are one on this and hopefully, this will produce good results,” Martinez said.

For the trainor’s training program, the Cebu Province allocated a budget of P2.6 millions for the materials, meals and accommodation.