12 kids off to Astro Kem Bola training camp in Malaysia

Lydia C. Pendon

TWELVE kids with ages 10 to 12 years old were finally selected by Globe Telecom to represent the Philippines in the prestigious Astro Kem Bola Advanced Training Programme in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from September 13 to 17.

This is in line with Globe Telecom’s sports advocacy that aims to uplift the lives of the youth, especially those from the marginalized sector, and provide them with a platform to showcase their talents.

The qualifiers include Roniel Vincent Delumpines, a sixth grader from Isabela City, Basilan, who even travelled eight hours by boat and 15 hours by land just to reach Davao City where one of the TM Football Para sa Bayan (TM FPSB) camps of Globe was held.

TM FPSB was tapped by Astro Kasih, the corporate foundation and corporate social responsibility arm of Malaysian media and entertainment powerhouse Astro, to be its partner in discovering talented kids and helping them further harness their craft.

In Iloilo, the selection was held July 23, 2016 at the Barotac Nuevo Football Club training camp participated by more than 300 kids with coach Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong of the Philippine Azkal Team as trainer.

However, no one qualifies in the selection.

Delumpines is joined by Leoven Jay Gatungay of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental; Lance Lawrence Locsin of Bacolod City, Negros Occidental; Martin Joshua Meriño of Binan, Laguna; and Jared Alexander Peña and Ryan Philip Johansson both from Metro Manila.

For the girls division, the representatives include two from Davao City -- Jasmine Casandra Agustin and Isabelle Renee Taojo; three from Metro Manila -- Astrid Heiress Ignacio, Stella Maria Divino, and Ysabella Samonte; and Mikaela Jacqueline Villacin from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

The children football clinics were held in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo; Talisay City, Negros Occidental; Davao City; and Metro Manila.

Those selected will compete with their counterparts from Singapore and Malaysia and get a chance to fly to Europe for two weeks of all-expense paid professional football training in December this year.

The football clinics are open to all street football communities, underprivileged kids, varsity players from public and private schools, and private football clubs.

The Barotac Nuevo kick-off was held at the PFF National Training Center of the town, followed by a clinic at the Sta Maria Football field in Talisay, Negros Occidental on July 24; Tionko Football Field, Bolton Riverside at Quimpo Blved “Agro” Davao City on August 13; and at the De la Salle Santiago Zobel Football Field, University Ave, Ayala Alabang in Metro Manila on August 20.

Selected players from the advanced camp will be sent to Europe for two weeks of professional football training in December 2016.