1,000 kids join free summer sports clinic

Ilonggo kids start training karatedo at a mall in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. (Moi Salomon)

MORE OR LESS 1,000 students in Iloilo City joined the free summer sports clinics of the Iloilo City government which started April 9, 2019 in all city districts.

The 13th edition of the summer clinics features various sports disciplines – arnis, chess, football, tennis, karatedo, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, basketball, wushu, futsal, badminton, dancesport, and pencak silat.

All participants will undergo rigid training, before playing actual games as part of the evaluation and culminating activity on April 14.

The event, which is part of a Public-Private Community Partnership through Sports Programs, also aims to discover potential athletes who can play in bigger tournaments.

LaPaz district will host the football, basketball, tennis, badminton, arnis, and taekwondo, while Jaro will take charge of several basketball, arnis, and taekwondo games.

City Proper is for dancesport while Molo and Mandurriao will host futsal and wushu.

Arevalo and Lapuz handle the taekwondo, arnis, and basketball, while SM City serves as venue for karatedo, chess, and pencak silat.

City Sports Officer Moises Salomon Jr. said the clinic will determine the best Ilonggo players after one week of training.

“We have to start the training through grassroots sports program for kids like this in order for them to choose what kind of sports discipline they are going to continue after this clinic. We are looking forward to another future sports heroes thru this program. Thank you Mayor Joe Espinosa III for the continuing support on this free summer sports clinic,” he added.

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