PFF gets consultant for football grassroots dev't


Posted at Jul 12 2013 06:42 PM | Updated as of Jul 13 2013 02:42 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) is getting a German consultant to improve its grassroots development.

Thomas Roy, an expert in youth and grassroots development, will be in the Philippines this month to assist the PFF in talent identification and improving the youth football system.

Roy's two-year consultancy with the PFF is being funded and supported by the Federal Foreign Office and the German Football Association (DFB).

Before departing for the Philippines, Roy called on Philippine Ambassador to Germany Maria Cleofe R. Natividad to brief her on the program and discuss possible future projects on July 09.

During the exchange with Ambassador Natividad, both sides agreed to explore with the German Football Federation sending a German football team to the Philippines to "kick off" the 60th anniversary of Philippine-German relations as well as to celebrate the 107th foundation year of the German Club in Manila - a manifestation of football diplomacy.

The Philippines’ partnership with Germany has seen the continued rise of Philippine football with the presence of German football coach Michael Weiss and a strong contingent of Filipino-German players, including Stephan Schrock, Roland Muller, Dennis Wolf, Manny Ott and Patrick Reichelt.