Tan Siu Lin Foundation through Saipan Soccer School donated balls and bags to seven football clubs in time for the opening of the 2013 NMIFA Youth Fall League.
TSL Foundation manager Maggie Sablan and SSS coaches and staff turned over 15 balls and 15 draw string bags to representatives of MP United FC, Matansa FC, Kanoa FC, Shirley’s FC, Tan Holdings FC, Paire FC, Tinian Premier FC in a brief ceremony at the Kanoa Resort last Sunday.
“We, at TSL Foundation, would like to acknowledge the hard work put up by these football clubs in training and improving the skills of our youth players. Through the efforts of coaches, officials, and volunteers of the various clubs, soccer continues to grow in the CNMI. This is our way of saying thank you to them,” Sablan said.
The timing of the donation is perfect, as the seven clubs will start their campaign in the fall season next Saturday, competing in the U6, U8, U10, U12, U15, and U18 divisions.
“We would like to thank Saipan Soccer School and TSL Foundation for their continued support and effort to help out in expanding football in the island. Additional balls mean additional players for CNMI,” MP United vice president Norman del Rosario said.
Del Rosario added the donated balls will be distributed to the different age group teams and will be used in training sessions.
“The more balls the more touches the kids can have and for the bags we will give it to our ‘pass back coaches,’ who our players in the U15 and U18 age and are coaching the lower age group teams. We are looking at around 152 players this season and they maybe a little more as we are still receiving registration,” the MP United official said.
Matansa FC will also divide the balls among the 80 youth players participating in the fall youth league that will start on Sept. 14 at the various school pitches on Saipan.
“The balls will be used for practices and training sessions for the fall season. We will use the drawstring bags to award and recognize players at the end of the fall season,” Matansa FC president Elna Curate said.