ONE of Cebu’s top school-based football teams, Don Bosco Technical Center (DBTC) held a two-day dry run of its online training program as a precursor of a two-month long home-based camp for its footballers.
Led by Glenn Ramos, who steered the high school team to the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) title in 2019 and the elementary team to the Palarong Pambansa crown in 2019, the program aims to arm the students with a home-based exercise to help them adapt to the challenges of the new normal in the education setting.
Students have been locked at their homes since Cebu City imposed a community quarantine and canceled classes in March.
Ramos, a former national team member and national 16-Under team coach, said the home-based program can avoid skills deterioration among the players and can also help boost their immune system through physical activity.
“They are provided with physical activities rather than playing video games and being on social media. They do not have to be in contact with other players and coaches, thus keeping prescribed social distance,” he said.
After the two-day dry run on May 29 and 30, Ramos said he hopes the regular schedule will start on June 3. The Players 6 to Players 13 will have their sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while the 14 to 19-year-old players will have theirs every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
He also said, the grassroots players need to have a parent or an adult with them during online training and that all must observe personal hygiene before and after the sessions.