Allianz encourages young futsal players to aim for big leagues

(The Philippine Star) - April 8, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — For any young football and futsal player in the country, being part of the Allianz Explorer Camp Football Edition is the dream to achieve. For three years now, Allianz Philippines has been helping Filipino players fulfill that dream through the Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitational (ANYFI).

A partnership with the Henry V. Moran Foundation and in coordination with the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), the annual event aims to encourage aspiring football and futsal players in the country to not just excel in these sports in their hometowns, but aim to play in international competitions as well.

The three groups launched the 2019 ANYFI in Davao  Saturday to boost the sport’s presence in Mindanao. Futsal is a variant of football, and is played on an indoor court.

“The sport of football has progressed a lot since we started our futsal invitational three years ago. We have sent our most talented Filipino players in one of the best if not the best football camps in Asia and Europe. Many of them have advanced in their careers getting into the national team and representing the country in games abroad. We have also brought them to train at the FC Bayern training grounds of Sabener Strasse in Munich, Germany,” said Rei Abrazaldo, brand communications and digital director, Allianz Philippines.

Last year, Juan Miguel Basmayor (Manila) and Catherine Angelica Bradborn (Pampanga) went home with silver and bronze medals in the 2018 Allianz Explorer Camp in Germany.

“The Philippines is teeming with talents in football. We just need to give our youth the support and venue to further hone their skills and excel in the sport. In the Philippines, this can be easily achieved through futsal, a sport that can be organized and played in gyms. It’s proven across the world that futsal develops better football players, and our experience tells us that futsal is an appropriate development approach for the Philippine setting,” said Danny Moran, chairman of the Henry V. Moran Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the youth in public schools across the country through football and futsal.

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