FC Barcelona conducts 2nd camp in PH


Posted at Dec 19 2013 03:26 PM | Updated as of Dec 19 2013 11:26 PM

MANILA, Philippines – FC Barcelona Escola Camp opened its second camp in the Philippines on Wednesday at the Emperador Stadium, a five-day affair that gives young Filipino footballers the chance to train with coaches from FCB Escola.

Just like the first FC Barcelona Escola camp held last April, FCB Escola coaches Jose Moratalla and Isaac Guerrero have returned to continue in helping the development of the Spanish club’s program in the Philippines.

“Philippine football’s resurgence and growth has proven to be a milestone,” said Michael Reyes, co-head organizer of the FCB Escola Camp Philippines. “We are pleased that FC Barcelona’s philosophy, training and methodology will be passed on to more children as well as local coaches.”

FCB Escola Philippines allows participants to experience first-hand the Barcelona way of playing football.

Players who are participating in the second edition of the camp come from all over Metro Manila as well as Cebu, Negros Occidental, Davao, Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro, while some children came all the way from Indonesia, Australia and Scotland.

“It’s wonderful to see that more children are learning FC Barcelona’s way to football, which makes for a great foundation,” said FCBE camp Philippines co-head organizer Nicholas Reyes.

“We are confident that this training camp will provide the participants the confidence, inspiration, and the start of a solid football foundation for them to reach greater heights,” he added.

Moratalla and Guerrero will be conducting the training of the camp participants.

Moratalla is a former first team player of Barca, having played with the likes of Diego Maradona. It is his second time to be assigned to teach the children of FC Barcelona Escola Camp Philippines.

Guerrero, meanwhile, has directed numerous FC Barcelona camps, including Brazil, Singapore, Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey and China.