June 08, 2018
Moran Foundation taps condo communities to boost futsal development in PH
Participants aged 4-12 learning the basic skills of futsal from coaches of the Philippine Football Federation at the Zinnia Towers’ basketball court.
Believing it is one of the sports where
Filipinos can better excel in, the Henry V. Moran Foundation (Moran Foundation)
has joined hands with premier real estate developer DMCI Homes to stimulate the
grassroots development of futsal in the Philippines.
The Moran Foundation who works closely
with Philippine Football Federation (PFF), public schools and charitable
organizations in promoting the development of futsal in the country, hopes to
make use of sports amenities of residential condominium communities to develop
more futsal players in the country.
FIFA Futsal Elite Referee and Futsal Coach
Rey Ritaga, who is the first Filipino national player to ever officiate in a
FIFA Futsal World Cup event said he sees better potential for Filipinos to
excel in futsal compared to other sports because of its system of play.
“I believe we have better chances in
this sport because first of all a futsal ball is denser and has less bounce
compared to football which means it is played mostly on the ground,” explained
Ritaga, in reference to the 5-a-side indoor football played on basketball
courts and small open space.
“So we don’t need big players to play
the sport. In futsal, a player can excel as long as he or she is armed with the
necessary skills like dribbling, scoring, speed and teamwork,” he added.
Kevin Goco, Futsal Department Head of
the PFF and volunteer of the Moran Foundation said they are planning to stage
pick-up games in selected DMCI Homes condo communities to generate interest for
The group has also started conducting
clinics for kids aged 4-12 years in DMCI Homes’ Zinnia Towers development in
Quezon City beginning May 2018.
“DMCI Homes is one of the largest
community developers in the country. And all we need for a futsal program is a
basketball court or open area, which almost every DMCI Homes community has, and
we could really create a massive grassroots program for the different
communities,” Goco said.
But more than promoting futsal, Goco
said building character among the Filipino youth is the ultimate goal of the
foundation in propagating the sport in the country.
Futsal camp participants get some pointers from Philippine Football Federation coaches Rey Ritaga and Kevin Goco.
“Things like teaching them confidence,
how to communicate, how to deal with one another and the team. Things that will
help them when they’re in school and eventually when they’re going to work for
an organization. It’s all about teamwork,” Goco related.
“And this type of sport really teaches
that: teamwork, communication, values, discipline, and respect. How do we deal
with mistakes? How do we deal with failure? This is the beauty of sports and it
should be essential in any community development program. So we’re very happy
that DMCI Homes has agreed to bring this sporting program to its communities,”
Founded by businessman Mr. Danny Moran,
who was a former Philippine national team football player, the Moran Foundation
has focused on the modalities of football and futsal as means to achieve its
mission of empowering children especially the underprivileged by developing
their leadership, character, values and life skills.
“The sport requires quicker decision
making, better decision making on the court. Since you touch the ball more
often compared to football, you need to make decisions faster. In a way it
helps develop the player more technically if they want to play football
eventually,” Moran pointed out.
“Some of the best players in the world,
Lionel Messi, Pelé, Cristiano Ronaldo, they all started playing futsal when
they were young. So we really want to advocate this type of modality, this type
of sport for Filipinos. Given the fact that we have the areas to play futsal,
it just takes more futsal programs for us to allow football to eventually
improve also,” Moran further shared.
DMCI Homes President Alfredo Austria for
his part said the collaboration with PFF and the Moran Foundation is in line
with the company’s mission of providing a learning environment for residents of
its residential condominium communities through engagement in sports activities.
“Most of our projects have
a basketball court and other sports amenities because we believe that they are
great learning tools for residents. Not only do sports build character, sports
also help promote interaction among residents which is good for community
building,” he disclosed.