IN THE SPIRIT of giving back to his hometown, former AZKALS goalkeeper and Silliman University High School alumnus (batch ’99), Reffix Cuaresma, held a free soccer goalkeeping clinic last Nov. 20 at the Perdices Memorial Coliseum.
His session covered basic foundations in goalkeeping such as ball feeling, ball handling skills, body coordination, footwork, and basic diving skills.
Cuaresma, who was also a member of the AZKALS Foundation, said that he felt like it was his duty to give back to the young Dumagueteños who aspire to play higher level football since there is a scarcity in goalkeeping coaches especially in Negros Oriental.
“Dumaguete is the start of my humble beginnings and being the only longest national team member (AZKALS) who comes from Dumaguete, I want to give motivation and inspiration to our youth goalies that with hard work and God so we can reach our goal to be on the highest level.” Cuaresma added.
He said that he is overwhelmed by the increase of young kids who are interested in playing soccer and it is important that they be exposed in clinics as well as be given opportunity to compete in regular competitions to develop their skills and confidence.
The goalkeeping clinic was supposed to only be held last Nov. 20 but parents and the local football association requested for another one which will be held on Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. at the Perdices Memorial Coliseum.