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By Mars Alison |September 10,2018 - 10:07 PM

Milo-FCB Road to Barcelona PH training camp ends on a high note

The Milo-FCB Road to Barcelona Philippine training camp ended on a high note yesterday with an exclusive training session for the less fortunate students of the City Central School and the Sisters of Mary School Boystown at the Cebu City Sports Center.

The kids not only got to try the Barca way of play under FCB Escola Youth Football Academy coaches from Barcelona, Spain—Jordi Aguilar Roca and Albert Batalla Fernandez, but also got to play with former Philippine Azkals Anton del Rosario and Philippine Malditas Amanda Fernandez. The two former national players also shared words of inspirations for the beneficiaries by talking about their lives and how they achieved their football dreams.

“This quote that I’m about to say is a quote that I live by so I just want to share it because it inspires me everyday — you can only keep what you can defend,” Fernandez told the kids by way of encouraging them to stand by their dreams.

A total of 231 kids from all over the Philippines, including the beneficiaries of the outreach program, had the once in a lifetime experience and seven are about to really have their dreams come true if they get chosen for the nine-day training camp in November at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, which is the home of one of the most successful football clubs in the world, the FC Barcelona.

Milo Philippines Consumer Marketing manager Robbie de Vera said that they have seen the value of partnering with the Cebu Football Association and bringing the Milo-FCB Road to Barcelona to the Visayas by way of Cebu City.

“In terms of participants, this was very refreshing because the kids are really, really, high level for their age, and we’re very happy about that. That’s one but more importantly, it’s really about the values,” said De Vera, referring to how each skill of football was imparted alongside a value, thus, they not only learn about the sport but also gained a value.

Milo’s partnership with FCB is value laden as both espouse the values of humility, effort, ambition, respect and teamwork or the HEART component. But more than striving to improve each kid not just as a player but also as a person, the whole point of the program is to inspire them to become better versions of themselves.

“Hopefully, as Anton (Del Rosario) has mentioned this morning, hopefully maybe there is a future Azkal somewhere there and that’s the whole point of this program, that we inspire them, that we’ve given them an opportunity to remember while they grow up so they can draw from that experience and they push themselves to the limit and become the best football player that they can be,” said De Vera.

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