MANILA, Philippines – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) recently gave the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) the AFC Grassroots Recognition Award for its efforts in developing future players through its grassroots program.
The AFC cited the PFF for actively organizing football festivals, courses and promotional activities among its member organizations.
As an incentive, the PFF will be receiving $50,000 from the AFC as additional support to further sustain its grassroots development initiatives.
“We are very grateful to the AFC for this award,” PFF president Mariano Araneta said in a statement. “The grassroots program is the centerpiece of our football agenda.”
“Through this, we hope to be able to develop numerous talents that can represent our country in the future. The additional support that AFC is providing us will go a long way in our grassroots development efforts,” he added.
Since 2012, the PFF has been implementing a nationwide grassroots development program dubbed “Kasibulan” through its member associations. Various football clinics and festivals have been conducted nationwide in cooperation with the Department of Education.
To date, over 150 grassroots courses and festivals have been conducted, with 55,000 students have been introduced to football and given basic training, while 8,600 teacher-instructors have been trained.
“We thank our member associations for their active involvement in the grassroots program. Through their active cooperation, we are able to introduce the beautiful game of football to thousands of Filipino children,” said PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes.
“AFC’s recognition is a boost in our efforts and motivates us to reach more children in the coming years,” Gastanes added.