Football is a sport for all.
Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom has formed a selection team from street football communities for the 11-a-side Youth Division of the United Football League (UFL) to provide disadvantaged youth a stage to perform and showcase their gifts to the general public.
UFL, an association catering to top tier football clubs based in the National Capital Region, holds a youth tournament during summer vacation featuring six age categories: Under-9, Under-11, Under-13, Under-15, Under-17, and Under-19 squads of UFL clubs from first and second divisions.
Twenty-five players from various disadvantaged communities in Metro Manila were brought together by Globe to compete in The UFL Youth League under the Green Archers United Globe FC, Team B in the 17 years old age bracket. The Green Archers United FC is Globe-sponsored football club that competes in the UFL’s top division.
The players were selected from the best performing street football communities which participated in the Globe Football Para Sa Bayan Festival in February such as Gawad Kalinga FC, Leveriza FC from Manila, and Dream Big Pilipinas FA from Mandaluyong. The coaching staff is composed of the community coaches of these clubs and headed by National Football Player and Globe Ambassador Chiefy Caligdong.
Globe Football Para Sa Bayan Program is a year-round grassroots football campaign which aims to alleviate social divides among youth, and keep children in school. The program serves as a bridge to connect disadvantaged children to educational and athletic opportunities with private schools, varsity teams and football clubs.
Globe aims to have more schools and football groups acknowledge the potential of kids in these communities as a source of children with immense learning potential worth investing in.