Brothers Phil and James Younghusband have fond memories of football growing up. A great factor to how much they love the sport comes from the fact that they had such supportive parents who would help them train during their early years.
Their father, for instance, would “train” them in their backyard with an improvised football field and reward them with some money. Their mother, on the other hand, would bring them all the way to London, watch their game, then go back to work again. Their mom would drive them to their games even if she hated driving.
This is the reason the Younghusband brothers want to bring the same love for the sport into the hearts of young Pinoys everywhere. With the increasing appreciation of, interest in and support for local football, it is but natural for young Filipinos to search for avenues where they can develop their passion for and talent in the sport—and this is something that The Younghusband Football Academy (TYFA) provides.
“Football in the Philippines is considered as an elite sport (but) around the world it’s the complete opposite,” said Phil. “It’s the sport for the working class. We want to bring that image back to the Philippines. That’s why we want to make as many opportunities for the kids. That’s why we came up with the scholarship program. We want to bring football to the masses.”
Established by Philippine national football team players James and Phil Younghusband (who now serve as the academy’s director and chairman, respectively) last year, TYFA offers modules that feature a series of skills enhancement clinics and training camps for different types of participants, aimed at providing football enthusiasts of all levels a place where they can improve their skills in the sport.