An English football team will visit Cebu to play a series of friendlies and will hold a free clinic for kids later this month.
Loxwood FC, which plays in the lower tiers of English football, will face Global FC, Cebu Queen City United and a yet-to-be-named team, from June 25 to June 29 in Cebu.
This will be the first time that an English football club will be facing local opponents.
Cebu Queen City United, which plays in the second division of the United Football League, will be joined by UFL Division 1 powerhouse, Global FC, which is owned by Philippine men’s national team manager Dan Palami.
Organizers of the tournament are trying to invite the Stallions FC, which also plays in the UFL Division 1, to complete the four-team cast.
Loxwood FC representatives Kuni Ledesma and Phil Awcock visited Cebu last April to meet with Queen City United officials to plan the tournament, which will also be the first time that Cebuanos will get to see UFL teams in action since the boom of football two years ago.
Aside from the tournament, Loxwood is also planning to conduct a football clinic for locals on June 24 together with the Cebu City and Lapu-Lapu City Sports Commissions.
In a lettter sent to local organizers, led by officers of Queen City and the Cebu Football Association, Loxwood FC said they aim to, “Play a selection of fixtures in the Philippines, testing both ourselves in a new environment and against a different football culture and to hold football clinics as part of an outreach program for children and to help develop their enthusiasm for football and improve their technical capability.”
During their earlier meeting, Loxwood FC also promised to donate used football equipment for the children.
Meanwhile, the mini-tournament will serve as Cebu Queen City United’s treat to its fans as it closes its first stint in the UFL Division 2.
The club, which has spent more than P1 million for its stint in the Manila-based semi-professional league, currently ranks third in Division 2, trailing the undefeated Pachanga FC and Diliman Victory Liner with 39 points.
Pachanga leads with 52, while Diliman, which suffered its first loss in the league to Cebu, 4-1, two weeks ago, is second with 47.