Leyte Sports Academy
formally opened, 37 athlete-scholars enrolled
Media Relations Center
September 4, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY – The Leyte Sports Academy formally opened Saturday with 37 athlete-scholars
auditioned and screened from various parts of the province who would
be undergoing a comprehensive sports and education program, seen to
boost the province ranking in local and national sports competition.
All the athletes
recruited, 17 of them girls and 20 boys, aging 17 years old and below,
are housed at the Sports Academy at the Leyte Sports Development
Center, who are already attending sports trainings under professional
trainers and coaches in the fields of swimming, boxing and athletics.
As the purpose of the
program early on disclosed, all of these athletes are at the same time
completing their school studies as they are enrolled in a school in
Palo, Leyte. Most of these students are still in high school.
Supported with al the
necessary equipment, accommodations and lodgings, the Leyte Sports
Academy would also provide the student athletes with high-caliber
trainings in swimming, boxing and athletics.
The vacated rooms and
spaces at the former Leyte Colleges adjacent to the Leyte Sports
Development Center have been converted into a dormitory for these
athlete-scholars, that also houses a function hall, a recreation area
and soon a computer room.
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla said to improve the province’s, and subsequently the
region’s, standing in national sports competition, there is a need to
implement a good recruitment program that would provide championship
caliber training for athletes with potentials.
“This would be very
expensive but if it’s the only way to do it, then we have to pursue
this option,” Gov. Petilla said.
With an improved pool
of athletes, the governor added, the province and the region can
improve it medal finish in national sports competition such as the
The Sports Academy is
prioritizing recruits who are out of school youths and cannot afford
to get themselves to schools. As a requirement the potential sports
scholar must be between eight to fourteen years old and stands 5’6’ in
The Sports Academy is
set to cost the province P1.5 to P2 million a year to cover the
operation of the entire sports program.