Heavy rain did not stop organizers and participants from launching a first of its kind sports program for Cebu.
Last July 3-5, a simultaneous opening activity was held at Badian and Dalaguete to kick off the first Provincial Grassroots Sports Development Program for Coaches and Trainers.
Cebu Provincial Government through the Cebu Provincial Sports Commission (CPSC) heads the program.
After an executive order was issued for the creating the Cebu Provincial Sports Commission (CPSC) earlier this year, the commission started its first program that aims to establish and institutionalize a comprehensive grassroots sports program for the entire province of Cebu.
CPSC commissioners Dr. Danilo Villadolid and Jessica Honoridez with Atty. Ramil Abing headed the three-day live-out division-wide training on basic coaching on selected sports events.
The program’s primary purpose is to identify and train potential athletes as well as coaches and trainers in various discipline identified as priority sports.
The priority sports for the said program includes tennis, volleyball, taekwondo, table tennis, softball, football, karatedo, chess, basketball, baseball, badminton, athletics, and arnis.
“The training was the best training that I’ve been to so far. The trainers are experts and they imparted proper coaching techniques. My co-trainers for table tennis were satisfied because we have learned a lot from our resource speaker,” said coach Filjun Benlot of Agbalanga Elementary School.
Around 200 coaches and trainers from the municipalities of Dalaguete, Alegria, Santander, Dumanjug, Argao, Alcantara, Alcoy, Boljoon, Malabuyoc, Ronda, Badian, Samboan, Oslob, Moalboal, and Ginatilan came for the training.
Each district or municipality had sent two potential coaches or trainers for every sport to represent the Department of Education (DepEd) and one representative from each of the local government unit (LGU).
“In a short span of time, the facilitators covered the warm-up, ball feeling, dribbling, shooting, goal keeping, and defending. We really hope for a follow-up training very soon,” said football coach Maria Filipina Bonhoc of Badian National High School.
Taekwondo coach Jerome Guardiario of Madridejos National High School shared that he gained deeper insights about effective sports training techniques and “learned a lot, especially the warm-ups, stretching and cooling down exercises”.
To make use of what they have learned during the training, the participants are required to conduct an echo seminar and training in their respective district cities and municipalities.
“I am thankful to the Cebu Provincial Government for creating this program. It will really help us organize our team. Our facilitators were all very informative and knowledgeable in their specific fields. We had an actual game with them and it was very fun,” said Gelyn Gempero, softball coach of Samboan Central School.
CPSC’s partnership with DepEd, LGUs, various national and local sports association and other stakeholders made the activity possible.