For Filipinos, the most popular sport is Basketball. Many would say that there is always a basketball player in every household. May it be a 15,000-seater sports arena or an unpaved sidewalk, no matter where you are in the Philippines you will always find a basketball court. But in the recent past, football or soccer as the Americans call it has been creeping up to earn its place in the popularity meter. The Philippine Azkals paved the way for football to become what it is today. Now, the youth has a choice to either play basketball, football or both no matter what their status in life is. I know this for a fact because my grandmother and her friends supports a group of young boys at Calawis, Antipolo who used to play football barefoot using coconuts as their ball. This goes to show that football, just like basketball is a sport for of all.
If you know me, I’m not into team sports at all. Unlike my brothers, who do everything! Thanks to Team Socceroo my brothers were able to join the FCBescola Philippines training camp for football last month. Of course me being a “supportive” big sister, I had to go all the way to Alabang to watch them play *sigh*. The camp was held for five days at the Ayala Alabang Country Club and I might as well say that the football field was huge. On the first day, I felt a little embarrassed because the only thing I know about football is that Messi, the best player in the world is from the FC Barcelona team. Everyone present was so keen on what was happening around. The participants were so anxious for the camp to start, the organizers were all set up, the team coaches were ready to teach and of course the football moms and dads were all seated in their lounge chairs, under the shade in anticipation of what their children were about to do. Everybody was just talking football. I was bored like crazy because I don’t like watching football games so I was always found doing my homework, eating, talking to my friends and just sitting down waiting for my brothers. But that’s alright, my brothers always support me in the things i do. They always come to my events and to the shows I join. It was time for me to do the same for them.
(Photo Credits) FCBescola Philippines
My brothers were assigned to team Xavi, and again I have no idea who he is. My two cousins were in the camp as well however I wasn’t able to take many pictures of them because they were assigned to different groups. Going a little off topic, I was arguing with my cousin Veeno because I said that his soccer shoes looked really girly, don’t you think? 🙂
That’s my brother Renzo and his good friend Ian doing a one on one. Below is my brother Rico trying out new drills.
FCBescola taught everyone so much in just 5 days. I could see through their sweat that everyone was working hard. They were there to train all the participants and meant business at all times. Sitting down was not an option! I’m sure my brothers and cousins learned a lot from that camp and met new friends along the way. For me, it seemed like they were all having a great time and left that camp a little stronger and wiser.
If there was one thing I learned, it is to not wear slippers to a football field or red ants will bite your feet! It hurt so bad!!!!!
Here’s a video of the FCBescola Philippines training camp.
(Video Credits) FCBescola Philippines and Team Socceroo.