IBA, Zambales – Over 4 thousand youth all over Luzon ages 15 years old and below have converge in IBA, Zambales last October 15-19, 2013 for the annual Batang Pinoy 2013 Luzon Leg.
Thirty sporting events where played in 5 days, where kids battle it out to top their respective event so they will qualify for the National games that will be held in Bacolod next month.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) have included new sports to be played in this year’s event and one of the newest sports that is becoming very popular with Filipinos is FUTSAL. Thanks to PSC Chairman Ricardo Garcia and PSC Commissioner Jose Luis Gomez.
After 4 days of intense games Olongapo City emerge the first Champions of the Batang Pinoy Futsal for the Luzon Leg Boys and Girls Division.
Olongapo City head coach David Bayarong said that the city have really prepared the kids months in advance for the competition. Our main goal coming to the Batang Pinoy is to qualify for the nationals, but the boys and girls played with all their hearts.
"With the Batang Gapo Futsal Program of the Olongapo City conducted by Lighthouse Amihan FC, there is a huge interest in the sport in all of our barangays," he added.
Philippine Futsal Committee (PFC) chair Ismaeil Sedigh said that grassroots program all over the country has been doing very well because of the availability of basketball courts where futsal can be played.
“With the support of LGu’s and Deped, Futsal is now being introduced to youth level such as regional and national game. Futsal will also make a debut in this coming Palarong Pambansa," Sedigh added.
He added that because of increased futsal coaching trainings, the number of teams is also growing.
Futsal is the official 5 vs 5 variation of football, usually played inside basketball courts. It is also a sanctioned sport of International Football Federation (FIFA).
National finals of Batang Pinoy 2013 will be held at Zamboanga City on . Teams that finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd from the different leg in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will battle for the National Futsal Youth Championship. David Bayarong