Press Release
April 20, 2015

Bam: Sports School to Address International Competition Woes

In a move to develop the country's grassroots sports, a senator has filed a bill seeking to establish a Philippine High School for Sports (PHSS) that will provide young athletes with quality sports training while learning at the same time.

"Through the PHSS Act, we have the opportunity to support young athletes and provide them valuable education along with quality sports training," Sen. Bam Aquino said in Senate Bill No. 2697.

Explaining his measure, Aquino said the PHSS will offer, on a scholarship basis, a secondary course with special emphasis on developing the athletic skills of students through subjects pertaining to physical and sports development.

This will enable student-athletes to gain their secondary education while ensuring opportunities for their training, exposure and participation in sports competitions," said Sen. Bam, chairman of the Senate Committee on Youth.

Sen. Bam believes that with the right training and education, young athletes can help put the country's flag in international competitions such as the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and the Olympics.

"The PHSS will serve as the training ground where future Gilas and Azkals are honed and the future Paeng Nepomucenos and Eric Buhains are developed," added Sen. Bam.

At present, the Philippines is home to world champions in boxing, bowling, swimming, jiu jitsu, shooting and wushu, among others.

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