LIPA City, Batangas — AFTER a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Aboitiz Football Cup returns for its 22nd Season at the Aboitiz Pitch, the largest multi-sports artificial turf in Luzon located in LIMA Estate.
LIMA Estate, a multi-awarded industrial-anchored mixed-use development by Aboitiz InfraCapital (AIC), is characterized by its wide open spaces, gorgeous greenery, cool climate, a stimulating and complete work environment, as well as greenscapes and landscapes that facilitate an active and healthy lifestyle.
At the heart of LIMA Estate is its 30-hectare Central Business District which is thoughtfully-designed to facilitate community engagement through park and green spaces, pet parks, jogging trails, bike trails, and sports facilities such as the Aboitiz Pitch. These features, complemented by its innovative sustainability programs, made LIMA Estate, the flagship Economic Estate of AIC, a leader and pioneer of smart and sustainable industrial estate development in the country. Adding to that, it is the very first, the largest, and the only Industrial Estate in the Philippines that received the 5-Star BERDE-District Certification from the Philippine Green Building Council (PhilGBC).
Running from November 12 to December 10, the Aboitiz Football Cup is back with greater interest in the beautiful game of football with the recent success of the men’s and women’s national teams as well as seven-a-side football and futsal.
This year’s Aboitiz Football Cup features 14 categories from mixed 7-under, mixed 9 under, mixed 11-under, mixed 13-under, boys 15-under, boys 17-under, boys 19-under, boys 23-under, mixed open, men’s open, women’s open, veterans 30-39, veterans 40-49 and veterans 50 and above. It will run every Saturday for the next 5 weeks.
“The success of the Aboitiz Football Cup has been its grassroots program where kids can fulfill their football dreams as they go up the football pyramid,” said tournament organizer and former national player Rely San Agustin.
“With the Aboitiz Football Cup back in season, this is a healthy sign for the game and staying fit and healthy with life getting back to a sense of normalcy after the lockdown,” added San Agustin.
Anchoring on the Aboitiz Group’s Great Transformation, the return of the Aboitiz Football Cup this season also anticipates intensified bootcamps for both young football enthusiasts and sports teachers in the Batangas province.
“The Aboitiz Football Cup has been a great arena to gather professionals and football enthusiasts alike. As LIMA Estate hosts its 3rd Aboitiz Football Cup this year, we play part of a greater purpose to advance communities and people’s lives through athletics. We understand how sports have been instrumental in community development and value formation, hence, we saw an opportunity to use this season’s festival days as training sessions for community kids in Malvar, Batangas.
This 8-day football clinic provides the community kids a chance to meet and play with some of our successful football players and drive inspiration from their values and experiences. Looking ahead, we wanted to give them a chance to experience a football festival, and hopefully next year, participate in quality competition,” said Clifford Academia, LIMA Estate’s Vice President for Operations.
With notable Philippine football official Edwin Alobin serving as tournament director, the Aboitiz Football Cup will also highlight skills training and capability building for coaches and referees from local schools and communities through its 2-day referee course and events management training sessions.
“The objective for this is to teach the laws of the game to others so they can organize tournaments in their community,” said San Agustin.
Interested parties who wish to participate in the 22nd Aboitiz Cup can send their inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or to send SMS to +639177025952.|pr