789 Kuya Yuan’s Futkal Workshop with Manila Boys Town
Written by Vice President for External, Kuya Glenn Costales
The kids from Manila Boystown have always been one of the most playful bunch of beneficiaries we’ve ever had the pleasure of doing an event with. So it’s surprising to find out that it had been over 6 months since our last gathering. It was only fitting then that we set out for a highly active event last July 31 with 40 kids in their headquarters in Marikina.
Kuya Yuan, an enthusiastic 8-year-old and futkal-fanatic, was celebrating his birthday and parents, Daddy Yury and Mommy Grace initiated this event with the help of their family and friends.
To get thing started, the kids and volunteers played the Boat-is-Sinking game to organize and group everyone. Together with Mommy Grace’s family and friends, the entire group was also joined by a squad of soccer aficionados led by Kuya Marc. They were set to lead the soccer workshop but they did not mind at all serving as volunteers as well.
The five (5) groups for the day took time to get to know each other. It was a lively activity off the bat as the volunteers and kids really got to be at ease with each other.
With the formalities out of the way, the event played the Pass the Balloon game. The game made use of a balloon (per group) which they simply had to pass to each member while music was being played. As soon as the music stopped, the member holding the balloon had to stand up quickly and perform the gesture being asked for. These gestures portrayed either a Cross, a Heart, a Smile or a Bible. The rounds passed by quickly with even some twists in the gestures being asked for. It was an appropriate game to get everyone warmed up.
Next up was one of U!’s most vibrant performers, the Soda Sisters. This pair of lovely ladies steered the volunteers and kids into a lively song and dance number to entertain everyone before the day’s main activity.
Kuya Marc and his team then led everyone outside to the soccer field for the Futkal workshop. The kids stayed and lined up with their groups as the soccer coaches demonstrated some passing, dribbling and kicking drills. Each kid then got to try his (or her) hand at these activities to get them accustomed to the basics of futkal.
After that came the most awaited part of the kids – the futkal playtime. We gave them 10 minutes to form teams and just go all out and play soccer. Of course, it was nowhere near a fundamentally sound game but the important part was for these kids to experience the game.
The 2nd most awaited part of the event came next – lunch! A generous serving of a kid’s favorite was provided to the entire group. Cupcakes also made their way out to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
After that, the volunteers and kids joined in chorus to sing Kuya Yuan a Happy Birthday. Kuya Yuan handed out his birthday gifts to the kids of Manila Boystown as their final memento for the day’s dynamic activity.
Happy birthday again to Kuya Yuan! May you continue to grow up with the budding desire to reach out to others, even through soccer. Manila Boystown is a children’s home that really appreciates this kind of help, especially with the increasing number of families in their care. We hope more people will be encouraged to do the same.