(UPDATE) British-Pinoy shows he's got talent in football

By Edward Lao, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Apr 23 2010 04:19 PM | Updated as of Apr 28 2010 09:59 PM

London (UPADATE) - Jason Arroyo is a 19-year old with a passion for football and a need for speed. So, when he found out that Nike was holding a competition in search of the UK's fastest players, he bolted at the chance.

The British Pinoy entered the London trial of the Nike Football+ Tear up the Pitch event on April 11, which was celebrating the release of the new Mercurial Vapor Superfly II boots, and he completed the CR9 speed test, popularized by Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.  

Up against 60 other players, Jason blitzed through the drill after whizzing through a series of challenges aimed at testing reaction, dribbling skills and first-step acceleration.

He set the second fastest time in the country with 17 seconds and 49 split-seconds, which was just 0.06 split-seconds away from first place.

The top 5 finishers of the test were then selected to compete in a final showdown against teams from Birmingham and Manchester, where trials were also held.

In the final, Arsenal Football Club's Andrei Arshavin and Theo Walcott watched on as the team from London triumphed and won an all expenses paid trip to Spain where they will get to tear it up all over again at Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium.

Jason and his teammates were meant to go to Barcelona last weekend, but the trip was postponed and now they are scheduled to fly out around mid-May. When they do get there, they will be touring the home of the European Champions, watching one of Barcelona's La Liga clashes, and taking part in a Nike Football+ elite training session with the Catalan giant's Head Coach Josep Guardiola.

The fleet-footed winger, who is also a key player for Philippine United Football Club (PUFC) in the UK, is eager to impress and to keep on improving.

“It makes me feel good and really proud. I'm really happy because it gives me a chance to train with professionals and improve my game. I have never gone through professional training before, and with Barcelona, I really still can't believe it. I can't wait”, Jason said.