Last April 23-25 at the University of Makati, CLEAR, the world’s number one anti dandruff
shampoo for men, brought in the Manchester United Soccer Schools to train the Philippines’ top
32 amateur players in the first ever Clear Manchester United Football Camp.
Continuously paving the way for the development of Philippine Football, in the last few weeks
CLEAR and the United Football league (UFL) held regional tryouts in search for the best
amateur football players in the country. After four legs of rigorous tryouts in Cebu, Davao, Iloilo
and Metro Manila; UFL and CLEAR singled out 32 standout amateur players—eight from each
region—to participate in the camp powered by Clear.
“I believe that the Philippines has the football talent, and it all starts with cultivating the youth.
The top 32 amateurs will benefit greatly learning from world-class coaches from the Manchester
United Soccer Schools.”
“Growing football in the Philippines, which is the shampoo brand’s social advocacy, starts from
the grassroots. The best six amateurs will also get a once-in-al-lifetime opportunity to learn and
play alongside Manchester United living legends Paul Scholes and Andrew Cole during the
Clear Dream Match on June 7,” CLEAR Brand Manager Drew Copuyoc said.
Ranging from current UAAP/NCAA players, junior UFL players, and several standout players
from the country’s top local leagues, the 32 were taught the same training principals that
cultivated world class players David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, and CLEAR Global endorser and
2014 FIFA Ballon D’ Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester United Soccer Schools coaches, Jamie Fitzpatrick and Kevin O’Connell conducted
the three day camp.
“All Manchester United Soccer Schools coaches are trained and developed within the
Manchester United coaching philosophy and methodology and have also built up a wealth of
experience from working with young players of all ages, abilities and nationalities all over the
world during the past 15 years,” said Jamie Reigle, the Manchester United Managing Director
for Asia Pacific.
Both UEFA qualified and experienced Manchester United Soccer Schools coaches Fitzpatrick
and O’Connell conducted coaching sessions designed to focus on exciting and attacking
football. Each day consisted of practical sessions on the field and a classroom session where
players were taught how to Live the United Way. Classroom sessions included lessons on
nutrition, discipline and pre game rituals that the Manchester United first team was also taught.
The three-day camp concluded with an awarding ceremony that gave recognition to the
best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and striker. As part of the Manchester United Schools
program, coaches Fitzpatrick and O’Connell gave out three awards – MVP, Skill Challenge
Winner and Best Attitude. The Manchester United Soccer Schools coaches also chose the top
six players that would be included in the biggest all star football game in the country, the CLEAR
Slated on June 7, this year’s CLEAR Dream Match will finally decide the rivalry between James
and Phil Younghusband and will feature Manchester United living legends Paul Scholes and
Andy Cole. Team captains James and Phil Younghusband will draft the top six amateur players
chosen on April 30. Tickets will be available at SM ticket outlets starting May 1.
Photo: Manchester United Soccer School Coaches Jaime Fitzpatrick and Kevin O'Connell
Best Defender – Cristituto Pino (Manila)
Best Goalkeeper - Nathaniel Ace Villanueva (Manila)
Best Striker - Yves Russel Caballero (Cebu)
MVP: Daniel Bernan Gadia (Manila)
Skills Challenge Winner - Michael Mabanag (Manila)
Best Attitude: Julian Miranda (Cebu)
Top 6 Players
Joseph Diamante (Davao)
Yoshiharu Koizumi (Davao)
Francisco Jose Primo Santos (Manila)
Daniel Bernan Gadia (Manila)
Javier Gayoso (Manila)
Michael Mabanag (Manila)