FC Barcelona Escola training camp ended with more than one hundred young and aspiring Filipino football players ready to be the next Lionel Messi.
It has been three years since FCB Escola, the official school of FC Barcelona in Spain, started to extend its vision of spreading the country's philosophy on football in the Philippines.
Brothers Nicholas and Michael Reyes brought the FCB Escola in the country. This year, Cebu hosted the five-day camp for the first time as in the two previous years, trainings were held in Manila.
The organizers felt the need to bring FCB Escola outside Manila upon noticing that there were a lot of participants coming from the provinces of Davao, Negros, Cagayan De Oro and Cebu. Even when this year's venue is no longer in Luzon, there were still participants from Manila and other provinces who came to join the prestigious training.
“We are very grateful they chose Cebu. We all know that Cebu has a busy football calendar since last year and this one is a very welcome addition to it,” said Cebu Football Association (CFA) president Ricky Dakay during FCB Escola's press conference last October 2.
Before the camp started, 80 kids aged six to fourteen were screened at the Cebu City Sports Center to fill in the eight scholarship slots in the FCB Escola Cebu boot camp. The lucky 8 were Harold Tiongco, Vince Niaga, Francis Palag, Gianrenzo Custado, John Dave Cabulos, Vince Kristi Ybanez, Cejay Cueva and Ethan Royce Mendoza.
Two FCB coaches flew in from Spain to train the participants. Four other local coaches helped in the training.
From day one to four, the coaches and the kids endured the afternoon heat. The Aboitiz Field, beside Hyper Market, was divided into four - each one assigned to a different age group. On the last day, an official game was administered to culminate the event.
Here's the rest of the camp's photos: