Provincial Sports Coordinator and Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) Head Leo C. Arnaiz disclosed that Pangasinan sports facilities were rated 10/10 by the Philippine Football Association.
The province under the stewardship of Gov. Ramon V. Guico III who, is also the Pangasinan Football Association President will play host to the Philippine Football Federation national championship slated in September and, Festival of Football for the grassroots in October respectively.
It has been the goal of the present administration to train and produce competitive athletes who can become national and international champions thus transforming Pangasinan to eventually become the best province in terms of sports development.
Sports highlights the aim to develop the technical know-how and develop the character.
This is done through the conduct of seminars to develop good technical know-how and complement the importance of character such as the recent Coach, Ref/Judge Licensing Seminar Examination.
Arnaiz bared that we already have competent coaches so, we only need to update the coaches with the proper technical aspect of the sport by communicating with the institution in the Philippines that deal with the sports.
“There are clubs all over Pangasinan that develop athletes in their own respective sport”, he added..
One of the most organized in Pangasinan according to him is swimming because there is an association of coaches of Northern Luzon that meet and share their knowledge in this sport.
“Our race is talented. Kailangan lang turuan ng tama. Character development is a very big aspect of educating our athletes.In fact, ang daming sports na malakas ang Pangasinan. As a matter of fact, out of more than 120 lgus in the Philippines, Pangasinan ranked 7th in the Batang Pinoy after the pandemic. With this, the governor hopes that we rank first in the next Batang Pinoy,” Arnaiz said.
Arnaiz even cited a boy who, after the Batang Pinoy wrote and thanked the governor for his sports program.
“Governor, thank you for allowing me to achieve my dream of winning two gold medals and one silver but my dream is to really win gold medal in the Olympics,” he said.
Another is Jojo Bigay who considers the NRSCC as his training ground in his desire to break the Guinness Book of Record in Backward Running.
We really have golden nuggets here, Arnaiz added.
Other sports activities that are underway include the Philippine Beach Games like beach volleyball, beach football and the indoor rowing which is an Olympic sport. Arnaiz considers our province as among the strongest in this field.
“A good coach can change a game, an excellent coach can change a life,” Arnaiz shared.