ROXAS, GARCES OFF TO SPAIN
2 Cebuanos join 11 other Filipino booters to train with FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou in Barcelona
Two Cebuano booters are off to hone their football skills in a once in a lifetime opportunity in Spain.
Ethan Roxas of Paref-Springdale and Joseph Kyne Garces of Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) were among the 13 kids that will get to experience training the FC Barcelona way at the Camp Nou in Barcelona on Oct. 15 to 23.
Roxas and Garces were chosen from a pool of close to a 150 players, aged 10 to 12 years old, that participated in the Milo FCB Road to Barcelona Training Camp last month.
Paref-Springdale head coach Mario Ceniza believes that Roxas is one of the top talents here in Cebu and that he deserves to be on the list.
“I think the organizers who decided for Ethan to go to Barcelona made the right choice. He’s only 10 years old and can compete already with anybody out of his age group,” Ceniza told SunStar Cebu. “He’ll be- come one of the future of Cebu football.” Roxas plays attacking midfield for Ceniza’s Boys Under-12 team. He can also play other positions if the need arises according to Ceniza. What also impresses Ceniza is that he follows each and every instruction given to him.
“This will be a humbling experience for him, to see and know that there are so many good players especially in that part of the world and when he comes back he will be very motivated to work very hard. The good thing about Ethan is that he has very good work ethic,” said Ceniza.
DBTC head coach Glen Ramos, in the meantime, is ecstatic that Garces is among the chosen few that will get to experience world class training in Spain.
“Every player has an aim, an ambition. One of the factors that makes the players improve are the tournaments and training with local, national and international competition. I’m very proud, that out of many players in the tryout of Road to FC Barcelona, a player from DBTC was chosen. In fact it wasn’t only just one DBTC player that got the invite, I think three, but the parents decided not to go because of budget reasons. This is a huge exposure for Garces, training Barcelona, and I heard they will be watching one of the Barcelona games. He’ll be able to meet other international players. When he returns, I hope that he’ll be a huge help for the DBTC team for future tournaments and in the Cebu City Olympics,” he said. “I also hope that if there is a program like this, it should be free of expenses because their are some kids that are qualified but can’t afford it. This is a very good project because our players need exposure and experience in international trainings.
Garces, who won the best midfielder award in last year’s Palarong Pambansa, is a midfielder but is also very versatile and can play any position. He doesn’t only excel in sports but also academically as a top two student in class.
Around 80 kids are participating in FC Barcelona camp. The Philippines will join players from neighboring countries Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, South American nations Chile, Colombia and Dominican Republic, and Australia.
The highlight of the camp will be a training session with former French star and FC Barcelona legend Eric Abidal, museums and city tours and witness a live match between FC Barcelona and Malaga.
INTO THE BIG STAGE. Ethan Roxas (left) of Paref-Springdale is one of the players chosen out of 150 players to experience training at the FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou in Barcelona on Oct. 15 to 23.