The launch of Season 2 of the Ambassadors Cup last November 27 was an indication of greater things to come for the tournament, with eight embassies already confirming their participation. The project was made official with the signing of the memorandum of agreement among the partner institutions, represented by UA&P President Dr. Jose Maria Mariano, Michael Kevin Goco of the Henry V. Moran Foundation, and Team Socceroo Football Club Director Nicholas Sylvester Reyes, an alumnus of UA&P.
The 2015 Ambassadors Cup secured the backing of the embassies of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Nigeria, and the United States of America. Also gracing the event were Ambassadors of the embassies of Timor Leste, and representatives of the embassies of South Africa, Nigeria, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Myanmar.
The event was capped off with a friendly match at the Parking and Sports Building where children from Gawad Kalinga Tatalon (the team sponsored by the Embassy of Indonesia in the first season) played against new team Gawad Kalinga Hilaga.
UA&P launched the Ambassadors Cup—in collaboration with the participating embassies and with the support of the Philippine Football Federation—to reach out to children from underprivileged communities and foster in them a love for virtues and values through this beautiful sport. As Dr. Mariano said in his speech, “This project is not ultimately about football or futsal, but about the message that the sport may be brought to convey and the unique power the sport has in delivering it…. We are all now here eager to work with our futsal kids as they, in their own community, help gather a barrio into a team and spread the joy of working together towards a shared victory.”
The first Ambassadors Cup culminated on May 10, 2014 and saw the participation of 11 teams assembled from communities in Manila adopted by the embassies. Embassies oversaw the youth’s general grassroots football training for six weeks before competing against teams from the other communities during the Ambassadors Cup tournament.
Through training and other character-building sessions organized by the embassies and partner institutions, the children enjoy the physical benefits of participating in regular sports activities while they gain confidence, skills, and virtues such as teamwork, discipline, and leadership.
The Ambassadors Cup slogan, “Teach Belief,” is about imparting to the youth the strength to believe in themselves and their ability to improve their lives.
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