Province holds two-day athletics clinic in remote barangay

After rolling out its programs couple of weeks ago, the Cebu Provincial Sports Commission (CPSC) continued its mission in developing athletes at the grassroots level by holding an athletics seminar for players and coaches last weekend in Barangay Mantalongon, Dalaguete town, south of Cebu.

Attended by 120 participants comprised of elementary and high school students as well as teachers from Barangay Mantalongon and its neighboring villages, the two-day clinic taught the rudiments of track and field, including its rules and regulations.

At least 13 schools joined in the seminar namely Caleriohan National High School, Hulomaynon Elementary School, Mantalongon Elementary School, Caliongan Elementary School, Dugyan Elementary School, Manlapay Elemenatry School, Sampig Elementary School, Ablayan Elementary School, Amonsaw Elementary School, Caleriohan Elementary School, Tubod Elementary School, Tabon Elementary School and Catulohan Elementary School.

Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu coach Anthony Santillan and Francis Berizo, a former mentor of athletics powerhouse University of Cebu, supervised the clinic.

“Aside from giving students the opportunity to learn the proper methods of the sports, we are also hoping to discover athletes with potentials in track and field, considering the topography, climate and lifestyle in the area,” said Brando Velasquez of CPSC.

Barangay Mantalongon is an upland village in Dalaguete town known for its cold climate, clean air and fresh vegetables.

Velasquez added that the sports body also aims to raise the kids’ interest in the sports, which may earn them a scholarship to help their high school and college education.

The seminar is one of the activities lined up in connection with the month-long celebration of the 447th founding anniversary of the Cebu Province.

Two weeks ago, the CPSC organized a futsal tournament while it is gearing up for its first Anniversary Run this Sunday. (Kelvin Cañizares)