City starts ‘17th Summer learn to play’ today PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 14:35

The 17th Basic Summer Camp dubbed as Learn to Play a Sports program will kick off today, May 1 with an expected participation of over 3,000 young children aged 5 to 15.

Mayor Celso Lobregat and some members of the City Council are expected to grace the opening program set to start at 1pm or immediately after the parade of participants at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex.

City Sports Director Bernardito Patiño said the Learn to Play a Sports activity has been proven to be a very successful sports and youth development program, as most Zamboangueno athletes who won medals in national and international competitions are products of the city-sponsored initiative.

As in the past 16 years, the program will be a month long free training on 26 sports disciplines. It is intended to ensure the youths a wholesome and worthwhile experience during the summer season.

The sports events include aikido/ arnis (8 years above); athletics (6 years-not more than 12); basketball (5 years above); baseball, body building (12 years and above; boxing (8 years above); chess (5 years and above); dance sport; fencing; football; gymnastics (5 years above); judo; karate-do (5 years above); lawn tennis; muay thai; pencak silat (7 years above); sepak takraw; softball; swimming (8 years above); table tennis (6 years above); taekwondo
(4 years above); volleyball; weightlifting; wrestling (5 years above) and wushu (5 years above).

Most of the trainings will be done at the Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex in Baliwasan, several events will be held at outside such as Ayala gymnasium, Lunzuran basketball court and the Talon-talon Urban Poor basketball court where basketball trainings will be held and in Mercedes where basketball, volleyball and table tennis trainings will be held.

According to Patino, a total of 245 instructors have been tapped to help train the participants during the program.

The Summer Learn to Play a Sports program is one of the highlights of the 2011 Summer Festival which kicked off April 13 with the 10th Kite Flying competition. It has become a crucial component or part of the city’s progress.

The activity is being implemented by the city through the Maintenance of Sports Complex, Athletic Fields and playgrounds division headed by Patiño, under the Office of the City Mayor.

Interested applicants may get registration forms at the City Sports Division located at the Baliwasan Grandstand or from any of the Sports Athletic Associations in the city. Registration is ongoing until the end of the month.

Last year, over 3, 000 young students and out of school youths participated in the program.  —  Sheila Covarrubias