Negros’ Dynamic Football League training ground for future Azkals-A A +A
Thursday, January 9, 2014
A STRONG foundation for school-based grassroots development program for football in Negros Occidental kicks off January 11 at the Panaad Park and Stadium pitch with 18 teams through the effort of the Dynamic Football League (DFL).
Football lover and benefactor Ricky Yanson said in Tuesday's press conference that while the program is still a “baby” at one-year-old, he is optimistic that this will bring brighter future for young and aspiring booters.
While DFL is looking forward to send the league’s champions in future national and maybe international competitions, at this point, the main target is development.
“Our focus right now is grassroots development. Maybe, in the future we can look into the possibility of sending our champions to higher competitions. We still have lots of age-groups to be developed,” Yanson stressed.
As for the support of the Provincial Government and the Negros Occidental Football Association, Yanson said they are very thankful for all the help these organizations have extended to the league.
“I personally would like to thank Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., Vice Governor Bong Lacson, and the Sanguniang Panlalawigan for providing us favorable slots at the Panaad. Likewise, to NOFA for being always there during our tournaments,” he said.
Dennis Estaniel, AFC and NOFA referee assessor, said the tournament aims not only to help in the development of young footballers but also of technical officials.
Seeing action for the U13 are the Apolinario Mabini Elementary School, Bata Elementary School, Don Bosco Technical Institute, ETC La Carlota City College, La Consolacion School, Philippine Normal University, St. John’s Institute, St. Scholastica’s Academy, Trinity Christian School, last year’s second runner-up Andres Bonifacio Elementary School, first runner-up University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, and defending champion University of St. La Salle-Integrated School.
Competing in the U16 division are the Don Bosco Technical Institute, Doña Montserrat Lopez National High School, Negros Occidental High School, UNO-R, USLS and the Western Visayas Regional Meet-bound Ramon Torres National High School.
Tournament chairman Andrew Infante, commissioners Russel Olado (U13) and Louie Yasay (U16), and referee assessors Estaniel (U13) and Leo Dayot (U16) are taking charge of the event. (HGD)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 09, 2014.