By Roy Mabasa
A professional soccer coach from Belize has engaged some 200 disadvantaged Filipino children to a friendly match and football clinic during the staging of the “Schuman Cup”, a sports event spearheaded by the European Union Delegation to the Philippines and the German Embassy in Manila.
Neco Lambey, head of the Caribbean Football Club, provided an opportunity for the children from five different football groups in the country to experience the world’s most popular sports through a football clinic.
Lambey has been coaching boys and girls aged between 5 and 15 in the best international schools in Southeast Asia for over 15 years.
“We would like to give the opportunity to some young Filipinos to experience the dynamism of football,” EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen said in during the event’s ceremony on Saturday at the Alabang Country Club in Muntinlupa City.
The Schuman Cup, also known as the Euro-Filipino Football Festival, is part of the Viva Europa 2019 cultural festival.
Now on its second year, the Schuman Cup is aimed to foster solidarity and friendship between the EU and the Philippines specifically in the area of sports.
Among the football clubs that participated in the event were Gawad Kalinga, Dream Big Philippines, Ceres Alabang, Punta Fuego football club and Tali FC.
Several diplomats from the EU Delegation pitted their skills against the participants.
EU Deputy Head of Delegation Thomas Wiersing led in tossing the coin and the ceremonial kick-off during the friendly match.