Over 3,000 join 2012 Summer Learn to Play PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 14:11

As expected, the 2012 Summer Learn to Play Program opened yesterday with thousands of participants coming from the different barangays eager to undergo the month long free sports clinic.

City Sports Director Bernardito Patino said the free clinic provides children aged 5-15 years old the opportunity tot practice and develop sports of their interest.

Thousands who earlier secured registration forms turned up at the grandstand for the first day of sports clinic. Registration continues until next week.
A total of 245  instructors have been tapped by the city government to train the youths during the month of May for free.

The events include aikdo/arnis, athletics, badminton, basketball, baseball, body building, boxing, chess, dancesport, fencing, football, gymnastics, judo, karate-do, lawn tennis, muay thai, pencak silat, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu.

Mayor Celso Lobregat has thanked the parents and guardians for allowing their children to participate in the long training on 26 sports events at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex and designated areas.

Now on its 17th year, the Summer Learn to Play has been proven to be a training ground for Zamboanga athletes as numerous local sports achievers began their careers through the program.

The Summer Learn to Play, which is open to children 5-15 years old, is organized by the City Sports Division. It is one of the highlights of the 2012 Summer Festival initiated by the city government through the City Tourism Division.

Patino said the program is intended to make children productive during summer.

Members of the City Council spearheaded the opening of the sports program at the JEMSC in Baliwasan yesterday afternoon. — Sheila Covarrubias