After the successful grassroots football program of Globe, “Football Para sa Bayan“, telco’s mass market brand TM continue this advocacy program to provide undiscovered but deserving talents from local street football communities as a chance to showcase their skill against the very best in the Philippines.
Now known as “TM Football Para Sa Bayan“, the third staging sport program that will help underserved Filipino youth to tap their full potential through sports. The platform consists of clinics, festivals and mentoring sessions, which will serve as venues for skills development as well as rapport-building with baranngays and local government units, among others.
In the recent presscon, TM Portfolio and Brand Management Director Trina Sebastian shared to the members of the press that the brand wants to grow this initiative further not only by honing their skills and increasing the level of play even at a very young age, but also helping pave the way for them to become productive and responsible citizens of this country
According to Director, CSR Globe Telecom Bong Esguerra and Globe Ambassador “TM Football Para sa Bayan” will reach out to more key areas in the Philippines, with more festivals covering the cities Dumaguete, Iloilo, Davao as well as in the provinces of Palawan and Capiz. The mentoring will also be enhanced in terms of equipment ans coaching support
On the other side, former Azkals Team Captain and current Green Archers United co-captain/central midfielder Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong shared his stories how became a successful football player. He added “Dapat alam mo sa puso at utak mo ang ginagawa mo. Nakarating ako sa ganitong istatus ng buhay kasi alam ko at mahal ko ang ginagawa ko”
The ”TM Football Para sa Bayan” is set to kick-off its initial phase with a Football Festival, a 7-side tournament where Calindong will reprise his role in honoring the skills of the younger townsfolk in his native Barotac Nuevo in Iloilo City on March 7 and 8. Also in the works is to hold street football leagues, which will be executed in the barangay level from the months of July to October.
The sports program will field a selection among 40 communities for the opening of the United Football League (UFL) summer tournament. Tryouts and training will be conducted from March to April 2015.