Head Start: Dream Big Pilipinas 7&U team debuts in 2012 Xavier Cup, 13&U Select Team shines

Dec 1 – Dream Big Pilipinas fielded its youngest contingent of players in the 2012 Xavier Cup, held in Xavier School, San Juan.

Image

Jitters showed early for the team, during its first 2 matches against UP and La Salle. However, the team came alive and finished with a victory against Xavier Football Club, 4-0. The short-handed team, which featured just 7 players, bowed out early in the tournament due to fatigue and minor injuries.

In the same tournament, the 13&U Select team impressed inside the “group of death” category, which featured Premier Selection Teams from Manila Football School, Xavier, Hedcen, and Don Bosco.

Image

The team came up just short of points to advance to the championship rounds; however, impressed in close matches against Hedcen (1-0) and MFS (2-1); and outclassed Xavier (5-0) and Don Bosco (7-0). Despite again being arguably the shortest team in the division, resilient players showed off their quick passing and team-play to control possession in all their matches.

Team finished the year strong and now looks forward to a tournament-packed 2013, with a very positive outlook.

Image

A foot at the door: Dream Big Pilipinas and Hedcen School meet for pick-up matches and scholarship scouting

Image

Nov 17 – Dream Big Pilipinas sent its 14&U and 12& Contingent to Antipolo for a friendly match with Hedcen, a renowned trad-progressive school, best known for its stellar grassroots football program.

More than the result of the matches where both groups shared wins and loses, leaders of Hedcen and Dream Big Pilipinas discussed the possibility of further developing a scholarship program to include exceptionally gifted young athletes.

Image

Hedcen, which is short for Holistic Education & Development Center, scouted players of Dream Big Pilipinas, and are currently eying a pair of talents to join the school on full scholarship and football training. The school is known in the local football scene as having a highly effective grassroots program, which has garnered countless championships and trophies –a rare feat for a small school competing on a national level. One big reason behind its success is how the Physical Education Program of all Hedcen students are geared towards high performance in the sport as early as preschool level. Hence, by the time students reach primary school, they are about 2-3 years exposed in the sport, many possessing advanced football skill sets at such a young age. It is no surprise that the school’s program has produced a handful of talents currently representing our youth national teams, and have gone on to enjoy full scholarships at the college level.

Dream Big Pilipinas is hopeful that the newly-established partnership will not only help improve the football program of our underserved communities, but will also produce more athletic scholars with Hedcen in the near future.

Paying It Forward: Dream Big Pilipinas players conduct football clinics in Ulingan, Tondo

Image

Nov 11 – Players from the Dream Big Pilipinas Football Team came together to pilot free football clinics to kids in Ulingan Tondo, in partnership with non-profit group Project Pearls.

Ulingan, a slum community in Tondo, Manila that sits on a dumpsite, is surrounded by charcaol factories where all members of the community are subjected to very toxic and hazardous smoke from charcoal production and factory consumption. Most children of the community as young as three-years old are imposed by their parents to work in the charcoal factory.

Image

With Project Pearl, an NGO that conducts various activities such as feeding programs, medical missions, and scholarship programs, Dream Big Pilipinas piloted weekly football clinics for kids ages 8-12 years old. More than leisure and recreation, objective is to supplement the Project Pearls program through the sport of football. Through football, we aim to increase the level of health among the Ulingan youth, and provide an incentive program for the kids to do well in school and develop the right attitudes to get the most out of their education.

Image

For more information about Ulingan and Project Pearls, visit projectpearls.org.

More photos can be viewed on our Facebook Page: facebook.com/dreambigpilipinas.

Dream Big Pilipinas Video

Dream Big Pilipinas Video

Check out photos taken during the making of the video on our facebook page

Image

Sep 30 – In partnership with the Flor family, and in cooperation with football-crazy families from CSA, and Domuschola International School, Dream Big Pilipinas successfully carried out a fun-filled afternoon of football for kids and kids at heart.

A first for Dream Big, free football clinics and a mini tournament were conducted at the premier football pitch in Taguig City: the Bonifacio Global City Football Turf.

The afternoon began with a football clinic conducted by coaches from the Street Soccer National Team, and progressed into a 4-team football tournament composed of teams from CSA, DIS, and members of the Dream Big Pilipinas development program.

About 100 kids, parents, and friends flocked to The Turf, and witnessed the Dream Big contingeant finish undefeated, followed by CSA and DIS. The top 2 teams came away with a festival trophy, while each player received a medal.

Apart from promoting the sport and bringing families together through football, one key objective met was to increase awareness of the Dream Big Pilipinas development programs and compel more to take action and show support.

Image

After the program, families in attendance turned over bags of used football gear and shoes for Dream Big, and several pledged to support by enrolling into the Dream Big Pilipinas weekend fundraising clinics.

Email us at dreambigpilipinas@gmail.com to know more about how you can support the program.

Dreaming Big at The BGC: Dream Big Pilipinas conducts free football clinics and mini football festival for kids