Grassroots football project
Summary to date
Following the success of the Philippine team in the Street Child World Cup and the Philippine Naonalteam, the Azkals, in the Suzuki Cup, football in the Philippines has been taking o.The rise in football has enabled Triple E to partner in starng a football team at Payatas dumpsite.Payatas is a dumpsite in Manila where tens of thousands of people live, scavenging from therubbish to nd things to sell, recycle and even eat.Despite such poverty, the people are incrediblycreave, intelligent and hard
working and at therst session there were over 100 children playingfootball on a small basketball court, which provedquite a challenge!Football oers a great opportunity to help others;nutrion and tness, for example, are promotedthroughout. Because of poor diet, the Philippineshas the highest rate of diabetes in the world andranks highly for heart problems too! Football oers us a chance to educate the kids about these issues,while providing a sense of community and a source of pride.The advantages of football are well known, the game provides a level playing eld, where merit, hard
work and skill, not accident of birth, are the determinants of a person’s success. Through tying footballdevelopment to community development we have the beginnings of some great opportunies as teamwork, discipline, building self
esteem and newly found knowledge are all translated into the real world.
These developments in the prole of Philippine football are feeding into the excing developments of Tri-ple E. Already receiving great feedback from some of the members of the Philippine Football Federaon(the Filipino version of the UK’s FA) and support from a number of high prole people within sporng andpolical communies, grassroots football is more and more being aached to community development.Working in partnership with each of us pulling togetherwe can achieve things we could have only imaginedbefore. From nothing we’ve started a football team inone of the poorest areas of Manila and are ready toplay friendly matches and join tournaments this year.With the establishment of the drop
in centres forstreet kids football will become an integral part of ourvision ; a vision where we see the world changed onelife, or perhaps one team, at a me.
The Philippine Naonal team
For tens of thousands of people at Payatas this ishometogether we can become part of somethinggood