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Soon at New Clark City_Philippine High School for Sports

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 thecreation 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 siteof 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 andCulture, said the Philippine High School for Sports will “unleash the potential of young Filipinoswho 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 Citysports 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 isalso where this sports school will be built. It is envisioned that the students will have access tovocational, sports, and academic tracks so that each of them can still fulfill their own dreams,”Cayetano said. Cayetano, a triathlete and former national athlete, has run laps inside the Athletics Stadium and hasalso tested the Aquatics Center competition pool. The Athletics Stadium is a 20,000-seater, world-class Olympics stadium with a nine-lane 400-metertrack 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 divingtraining facility, and a warm-up training pool. The Athletes’ Village, on the other hand, is made of 525 furnished units that can accommodate upto 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 youngathletes will have access to quality education that puts equal emphasis on core subjects, andphysical education and sports development. “With the creation of the Philippine High School for Sports in very close proximity to world-classfacilities…our student-athletes can enjoy a level of training which is at par with the best in theworld,” 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 forsports. According to President and CEO Vince Dizon, BCDA will allot three hectares within NewClark City for the said purpose. “BCDA strongly supports the proposal of our senators. This will greatly benefit the next generationof athletes and uplift the standards of Philippine sports,” said Dizon. -END- Reference:Leilani Barlongay-MacasaetAVP for Corporate Communications+63 908 899 8578

October 3, 2019

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