Football training center in Leyte planned for ‘Yolanda’ survivors

Football officials in Leyte are planning to build a football training center from the $1 million grant world football governing body FIFA gave to the Philippines in the wake of super typhoon “Yolanda.”

The facility aims to provide a venue where Yolanda survivors could play football as the Visayas region is recovering from the aftermath of the typhoon.

“This location would allow easy access to all the children from Tacloban and surroundings but could also serve as a regional centre for the whole affected area of Eastern Visayas,” Leyte Football Association President Dan Palami said in a statement.

“As it would include an artificial turf, it could serve also as the future home ground for local teams, a venue for grassroots festivals and potentially a training centre for national team camps.”

FIFA already agreed to provide the materials needed for a new football infrastructure upon meeting with the Philippine Football Federation during its visit in the country last February.

“In the coming months we’ll work hand in hand with the Philippine Football Federation to contribute to the normalisation of football activities in the most affected areas,” FIFA Director of Development & Member Associations Thierry Regenass said.

“We also look forward to the implementation of activities with UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), since we both aim at using football as a tool to promote development in the Philippines.”

Last December, FIFA pledged a financial grant of up to $1 million for the rebuilding of football infrastructure damaged by Yolanda.

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