18 February 2013

Futsal fever invades Subic

Futsal, the five-versus-five indoor variant of football, has reached Subic Bay with no less than Ayala’s Harbor Point Mall serving as venue for a 10-day football clinic for kids who wanted to learn what is touted to be the world’s most popular game.

Argee Gomez, Harbor Point marketing manager, said the Harbor Point Futsal Clinic will be held at the mall’s activity center from March 5 to April 4. It will be open to kids aged six to 12.

The twice-a-week clinic aims to introduce football game appreciation and techniques using drills and fun games and is being undertaken in partnership with the Subic-based Lighthouse Amihan Football Club (LAFC), Gomez added.

John Bayarong, LAFC manager, said this is the most comprehensive football clinic in the Subic Bay Freeport and Olongapo City area today.

“The best part of this is that coaches trained by the Asian Football Confederation [AFC] have agreed to share their knowledge with the local kids, so this will be a very significant event for football enthusiasts here,” he added.

The AFC is the football governing body in Asia and a member of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa).

Bayarong also said that it was futsal which has helped Brazil, Spain, Iran and Japan develop their football talents.

Esmaeil Sedigh, Philippine Futsal team coach, has earlier lauded the partnership between the LAFC and Harbor Point, saying these kind of linkages “strengthens the bond of local clubs, the supporters, and the community.”

“This partnership is a model that we must duplicate nationwide, not only to popularize the sport, but to ensure talent development in our communities,” Sedigh said.

Gomez, meanwhile, said that Harbor Point Mall shopper will also have the opportunity to join the clinic by simply purchasing items from participating mall merchants.

“There are 15 regular and five shopper’s slots available to ensure that the participants get the best experience and training possible,” he said. (Henry Empeño, Business Mirror)

In Photo: A young futsal enthusiast dribbles around a cone during a recent futsal activity at Subic’s Harbor Point Mall.