‘Mini-Azkals’ show their stuff in Turf BGC

By Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 28 2012 08:53 PM | Updated as of Mar 29 2012 04:53 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Kids who trooped to the Turf Bonifacio Global City tapped into their inner Azkal as they ran, passed the ball and aimed to score a goal during the Football Kids Friendly Game.

Azkals players served as mentors for the kids.

Siblings Phil and James Younghusband coached the 10-and-Under team, Loyola Sparks.

Aly Borromeo, Jason Sabio, Anton del Rosario and Nate Burkey handled the Kaya FC 10-and-Under team.

The Azkals' popularity had helped boost the children's interest in football with some displaying immense skill even at the young age of 9 or 10.

Summer football clinics have sprung up all over Metro Manila and other provinces.

The Azkals are happy that they have contributed in developing the next generation of football stars.    

“If they work hard and play well, have a good attitude then they can earn a living in football,” said Phil.

“We really do hope that they'd going to be the future of the sport,” added James.

The Azkals said it's always better to start playing football early.

“If you we want to get them interested in the sport, you got to teach them the technical stuff," said Del Rosario.

Parents watching the games gave their all out support.

The first game ended in a 2-all deadlock, while Loyola won the next two games on scores of 2-nil and 3-nil.

But kids should not put too much importance on winning and focus more on improving their skills.

Football is also a great past time for kids who want to stay active and healthy during the summer vacation.