THE Ambassadors Cup returns with the coaches of the 11 partner communities and guest teams putting their mental and physical preparedness to the test in an all-day futsal training at the University of Asia and the Pacific on April 12, with lectures by Team Socceroo Football Club and the Philippine Football Federation.
Brothers Michael and Paulus Reyes of TSFC, together with PFF coaches, will teach the participants technical football, strengths and conditioning, mental games, Philippine football, and values formation. Practical training is set in the afternoon.
This year’s PH mini-World Cup involves the participation of the embassies of Chile, Timor Leste, Spain, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Nigeria, Canada, Mexico, United States of America, South Africa, Argentina, and first-time entrant Germany.
Dream Big Pilipinas and A N Z Pilipinas join the roster of competing communities, which include Birhen ng Lujan Parish, GK Pinagsama, GK Barangka, GK Tatalon, Barangay Sampaloc II, Immaculate Conception Cathedral Soup Kitchen, Western Bicutan Football Club, and San Ildefonso Parish.
The Ambassadors Cup, a grassroots outreach project of UA&P, aims to foster in children from underprivileged communities a love for virtues and values through futsal (indoor football) training and competition.
Participating embassies partner with a chosen community and oversee the youth’s general grassroots football training for six weeks before competing against teams from other communities during the tournament.