Cebu United Football Club starts grassroots program

The Cebu United Football Club is hoping to discover the next generation of footballers by starting a grassroots clinic for players as young as six years old.

The program, which has been going on for three weeks, has 30 kids so far training two hours a day at the Cebu City Sports Center under Coach Bryan Eborda.

START THEM YOUNG. Coach Bryan Eborda briefs the kids before their training session at the Cebu City Sports Center.

Eborda said this is the first time the club decided to start a grassroots program, and though some pay a P50 fee, they also have charity players, giving those from poor families a chance to learn football.

“Our long term plan is to prepare the kids to join grassroots tournaments in Cebu,” said Eborda.

However, since there are still no football festivals in Cebu, the kids could get their baptism of fire in the prestigious Dolphins Cup in Bacolod in June.

Eborda said the club wants to join Bacolod because they have three six-year-old players who could really dominate and they want to test them.

Right now, the club is raising funds from parents and potential sponsors so they can have uniforms and money for the trip in June. Cebu United is also planning to join the 13-Under, 15-Under and 16-Under Divisions.

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