‘Smart strategy’

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Monday, May 12, 2014

THE Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) saved at least P10 million for the honorarium of the volunteer coaches for its ongoing summer grassroots sports development program.

Now on its fourth year, CCSC has gathered more than 400 volunteer coaches. They are assigned to train 7-to 14-year-old kids the fundamentals of sports.

“The city saved at least P10 million because of the volunteer coaches who helped us train the children in the barangays. Our volunteer coaches are young and achievers, so we are giving the kids the best trainers,” said CCSC chairman Edward Hayco.


CCSC is offering 14 sports events in its annual summer grassroots training program in 17 public elementary school gyms which served as venues for a cluster of four barangays.

For a three-hour training thrice a week, CCSC has served at least 5,000 kids.

“We have observed in the past , summer training programs were chaotic. So this year, we experimented and implemented what we had done in dancesports. It took us four years to perfect the workshop and now we are using it and we found it to be fun and more useful,” Hayco said.

“We call it the ‘shopping sports’ or the ‘grocery sport.’ Instead of putting different sports in different times and schedules, we lumped all sports into Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays training at 1 p.m. to p.m. And it became a ‘tabo’ sports. It’s simple and fun,” Hayco said.

In each of the venues, the trainers and coaches were given space where they can teach the basics of the game.

The participants, meanwhile, just pick what event he or she would like to join and they have no limit in how many events they can join.

“We finally found the right formula and mix. From this year on, we will institutionalize the program, just like dancesport. It would be something that the barangays will await every summer,” said Hayco.

This year, CCSC is offering futsal, karatedo, taekwondo, weightlifting, arnis, archery, badminton, chess, dancesports, softball/baseball, table tennis, track and field, boxing and volleyball to the kids in the barangays.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 13, 2014.


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