Summer learn to play coaches get stipend PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 June 2012 13:52

Mayor Celso Lobregat personally distributed yesterday afternoon the cash allowance amounting to P612,500 to 245 trainers and coaches of the city government’s annual Basic Summer Camp dubbed as Learn to Play a Sports program.

Lobregat said he was happy that the Learn to Play a Sports Program, now on its 17th year of promoting sports among children ages 5 to 15 during summer vacation, has become a very successful sports and youth development program, as most Zamboangueño athletes, who won medals in national and international competitions, are products of the city-sponsored initiative.

He cited 22-year-old Jenelyn Diaz, a national weightlifting champion, who is set to join the Philippine team in the forthcoming Olympic Games in London. She is a proud product of the Basic Summer Camp.

This year, the program was conducted throughout the month of May with more than 3,000 children-participants, who availed of free training on 26 sports disciplines.

As in previous years, the program is intended to ensure the youths will have a wholesome and worthwhile experience during the summer season.

The sports events included aikido/arnis (for 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 yrs above);table tennis (6 yrs above); taekwondo (4 yrs above); volleyball; weightlifting; wrestling (5 yrs above) and wushu (5 years above).

Most of the trainings were done at the Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex in Baliwasan, while other events were held at Ayala gymnasium, Lunzuran basketball court and the Talon-alon Urban Poor basketball court where basketball trainings were held and in Mercedes where basketball, volleyball and table tennis trainings were held.

The Summer Learn to Play a Sports program is one of the highlights of the 2012 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 Bernardito Patiño, under the Office of the City Mayor. — Vic Larato