THE outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has already forced most sports in the country to shut down, but Game On Sports PH continues to reach out to kids as young as three years old and get them involved in sports.
Sports On founders Lia Calingacion and Krizanne Ty said the newly-formed group composed of top-notch coaches in different sports found a way to carry on by shifting its focus online.
“Game On Sports started two years ago. We did our first pilot camp in person last year. Then the pandemic happened. So we decided to hold our sports classes online via zoom for 30 to 45 minutes,” said Calingacion during the 11th “Usapang Sports on Air” by the Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports ( TOPS) last Thursday.
“The main purpose is to ignite interest in the sport among the kids. We want to get them active and make them aware na masaya sa sports,” explained Calingacion, a former member of the San Beda College Alabang women’s basketball team.
“But when the pandemic came, we know kailangan pumihit. Hindi pwedeng nasa bahay lang. It’s very far from our normal day,” added Calingacion during the weekly sports program sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
“Our fellow athletes know the benefits of playing sports or even just being part of the team. Growing up in sports is very beneficial in life, especially career development,” added Calingacion, also a member of the Philippine Eagles Rugby Football Club.
Ty, on the other hand, said today’s parents know the importance of sports and physical fitness for their children.
“Online sports training is still booming, Parents are aware na hindi dapat mapag-iwanan yun fitness ng kanilang mga kids.,” said Ty, a member of the Women in Sporrs Commission of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
Ty, also the founder of the Girls Got Game Philippines, said their approach is unique for different age groups, especially in multi-sports classes.
“Our approach is different for each age group, like in the 3-6 and 7-10. They can’t be in the same classes dahil magka-iba ang kanilang attention span and abilities,” explained Ty, who plays basketball, football and handball.
“Sa 3-6 age bracket, our coaches even use music. Sa 10-12 age bracket, mas active naman and we even use digital,” added.
Ty admitted there is also a change when classes started.
“When we started before opening of classes, madami ang nag-enrol. But nun nag start na ang mga klase, we change the sked of the kids and put them in afternoon classes.”
Both Calingacion and Ty take pride in the fact that instead of simply putting the kids in sports, they allow them to discover who they really are and what they really want.
“We’ re proud to introduce this kind of program that instead of forcing the kids to do something, we allow them to discover kung ano talagang sports ang gusto nila. The parents support them.”
The two leading female sports advocates also claimed Sports On is also able to help their fellow coaches by helping provide jobs.
“One of our reasons in doing all these is to help the parents get their children get involved in sports. But in doing so, we also help our fellow coaches na nawalan ng jobs because of the pandemic,” explained Ty.
“Actually, we’re blessed to have a good set of coaches who can help in this program and make it a memorable journey for both parents and children.”