Soon at New Clark City_Philippine High School for Sports
October 3, 2019
Soon at New Clark City: Philippine High School for Sports
New Clark City will soon become the home of future champion athletes as senators push for the
creation of a Philippine High School for Sports within the rising metropolis.
New Clark City, a project of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), is the site
of world-class sports facilities built for the Philippines’ hosting of the 30th South East Asian Games
(SEA Games) this year.
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and
Culture, said the Philippine High School for Sports will “unleash the potential of young Filipinos
who have shown early potential of excelling in sports for a sports-related career”;
During her co-sponsorship speech, Senator Pia Cayetano showed photos of the New Clark City
sports facilities, which include an Athletics Stadium, Aquatics Center, and an Athletes’ Village.
“New Clark City is a sustainable city that will house our athletes for the SEA Games. And this is
also where this sports school will be built. It is envisioned that the students will have access to
vocational, sports, and academic tracks so that each of them can still fulfill their own dreams,”
Cayetano, a triathlete and former national athlete, has run laps inside the Athletics Stadium and has
also tested the Aquatics Center competition pool.
The Athletics Stadium is a 20,000-seater, world-class Olympics stadium with a nine-lane 400-meter
track and field oval, and a six-lane warm up track. The Aquatics Center is a 2,000-seater, world-
class arena built with a 10-lane Olympic size swimming pool, a diving pool with inland diving
training facility, and a warm-up training pool.
The Athletes’ Village, on the other hand, is made of 525 furnished units that can accommodate up
to 1,500 occupants. It is complete with training and fitness facilities.
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, a co-sponsor and chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports,
said the Philippine High School for Sports will provide scholarship grants so that gifted young
athletes will have access to quality education that puts equal emphasis on core subjects, and
physical education and sports development.
“With the creation of the Philippine High School for Sports in very close proximity to world-class
facilities…our student-athletes can enjoy a level of training which is at par with the best in the
world,” Go added.
“This type of training and education can catapult our student-athletes to illustrious careers in sports,
whether as athletes, coaches, managers, or any other sports-related profession,” he said.
BCDA shares the senators’ enthusiasm to pursue the establishment of a dedicated high school for
sports. According to President and CEO Vince Dizon, BCDA will allot three hectares within New
Clark City for the said purpose.
“BCDA strongly supports the proposal of our senators. This will greatly benefit the next generation
of athletes and uplift the standards of Philippine sports,” said Dizon.
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