Tomas Lozano aims to have more locally developed and trained young football players playing for the National Football Team. (Photo By Richard Esguerra)
Before the popularity of Football reached an all-time high in the country a couple of years ago, Alaska has been supporting the sport already and they have done so for over twenty years already through its grassroots football program. Alaska’s football program includes the annual Alaska Football Cup and the Alaska Football Power Camp.
The Alaska Football Power Camp is open to boys and girls ages 3 – 18 years old. The football camp is open to boys and girls ages 3 – 18 years old and it teaches young football enthusiasts the fundamentals of the sport. The kids not only learn form the best football coaches and trainers in the country but as well as former and current Philippine Azkals players. The camps are held in Alabang Country Club, Arm/Ascom Football Field and Turf Field in BGC (Global City Taguig). The Alaska Football Power Camp will also be held in various provinces including Laguna, Pangasinan, Tarlac and Baguio City.
Football Camp director is former professional Spanish football player of Real Madrid and the founder-director of Makati Football School Tomas Lozano. “The primary objective of the Alaska Power Camp Program is player development. We provide the best possible organized football training environment for young players in a friendly, fun and positive atmosphere. The training sessions are structured to enable each player to reach his/her full potential for their specific development stage. Moreover, through participation we work hard to guide and nurture our players by building character and teaching life skills to enhance their personal growth,” said Lozano.
Before strutting their football brilliance for the Philippine Team in various international football matches, the likes of Aly Borromeo, Freddy Gonzales and Chieffy Caligdong honed their skills at the Alaska Football Power Camp almost two decades ago. “This is Alaska Football Camp’s objective. To hone the skills of future National Football Team players” according to Lozano.
Looking into the future, Tomas Lozano dreams of having more locally trained and developed players playing for the National Team. “As you can see, we have more ‘Azkals’ in the team” says Lozano, referring to the foreign-based players of the National Football Team. “But sooner, I believe the number of Azkal players will be reduced until we all have the wonderful Filipino kids from our country” he adds.
For more information, visit their website www.alaskapowercamp.com or call Alaska Milk Corporation at 840-4500 (local 205, 209) and look for CK Kanapi-Daniolco.