THE country will field its first football team made up of players with cerebral palsy in the Asean Paralympic Games.
Known as the CP Rascals, the team was formed last year by the Henry V. Moran Foundation, a non-profit organization that has long focused on developing football programs for public school youth in the country.
“Our search for players started in March last year after we were appointed by the Philippine
Sports Association for the Disabled. to form a team to represent the country in the 10th Aseam Para Games,” foundation head Danny Moran said. “Our special football arm, CP Football Philippines, toured 12 cities, coordinating clinics and tryouts with the heads and officers of local government units.
“By July, we had discovered some players and training for the team began.”
The CP Rascals currently has 12 members, with plans to add two more before the Asean Para Games, which has been rescheduled to later this year due to the novel corona virus epidemic.
Moran said that they are grateful for the support that private organizations have given for the new team players and coaching staff, citing insurer Allianz PNB Life, in particular, for providing the team’s life, medical, and travel insurance.
“Our main concern was life and accident insurance as bringing football to persons with disability has its risks, especially since training would be from 3 to 6 months,” Moran said.
Aside from the insurance coverage, Allianz gave cash support for the CP Rascals’ football camp and housing.