2 Ce­buanos join 11 other Filipino boot­ers to train with FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou in Barcelona

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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.

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