'Our thrust is also towards helping develop grassroots programs nationwide, to be able to sustain interest and participation for the sport, especially among the younger generations.' Photo shows (from left) Jollibee Senior PR and Events Manager Dennis Reyes, Adeva, PRFU
General Manager Jake Letts, and PRFU
Rugby Development Manager Acee San Juan renewing their partnership at the Jollibee Plaza in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
Milby said the PRFU
is using four to five tournaments to prepare our teams.
PRFU President Rick Santos, also chairman and founder of Santos Knight Frank, as well as national team members Lito Ramirez, Evan Spargo, and Sylvia Tudoc also graced the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Tapa King and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.
We're definitely a competitive nation,' said the PRFU manager.
For the past year, he has also worked as a development officer of PRFU
, where he's assigned to train children from different foundations in Muntinlupa.
The 20-year-old Ramirez first learned the sport seven years ago when the PRFU
conducted a clinic at Tuloy Foundation in Muntinlupa, home to hundreds of underprivileged and abandoned youth.
"The Philippine Stadium was the key to securing the right to host the tournament," said Matt Cullen, PRFU
director for Rugby.
The Lady Volcanoes will be coached by Philippine Volcano Joe Palabay Dawson and PRFU
Elite Performance Manager Chris Alamil-Everingham.
Renowned Italian brand Fila's partnership with the Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) as host of the recent Asian Under 19s Division 2 Championships was a laudable effort.
PRFU director Matt Cullen said, "We're very happy to be with Fila and to be given the chance to host this tournament It's been three years since we fielded an Under 19s team and we're excited to give our young Volcanoes a chance to go head to head with our neighbors from Southeast Asia."
With international competitions starting in June, the PRFU
will continue to focus on ensuring the national teams are ready to play.
Setting its sights on continued growth moving forward, the PRFU
recently appointed former Philippine Volcanoes skipper Jake Letts as its new general manager.