National Sports Academy: Vision Turns Into Reality for Future Filipino Athletes

The successful hosting of the 30th South East Asian Games and the exceptional medal haul of Filipino athletes are proof that if we “think big,” we can accomplish bigger and better things for the future of the nation.

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One of the legacies of the SEA Games is the Republic Act No. 11470, which establishes the National Academy of Sports (NAS) System Act. This landmark bill, primarily authored by Alan, was passed in Congress under his leadership as Speaker.

President Duterte already signed two important laws which can help improve the sports performance of our athletes in the future. Aside from RA 11470, it also includes RA 11214 or the Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC) Act. The PSTC Act seeks to establish a state-of-the-art and highly-scientific sports complex to be known as the Philippine Sports Training Center which will be managed by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

The NAS law, on the other hand, seeks to establish the National Academy of Sports, which will develop the athletic skills and talents of students in world-class sport facilities that are at par with international standards. It also mandates the implementation of a quality and enhanced secondary education program that is integrated with a special curriculum on sports.

“With the establishment of a specialized academy of sports, we will not just develop their athletic skills but also their key values such as discipline, sportsmanship, and teamwork,” says Alan.

“With the establishment of a specialized academy of sports, we will not just develop the athletic skills of young Filipino athletes, but also their key values such as discipline, sportsmanship, and teamwork.” — Alan

Josephine Joy Reyes, Executive Director of the NAS, agrees that it will be a very important venue to “discover, hone, and train our future athletes to become world-class contenders.”

“Alan saw the need to have a premier training center for Filipino athletes, and believes it would ignite sports development and create a more scientific-based grassroots program in the Philippines,” says Josephine.

“Alan’s vision and dedication for the Filipino athlete will boost morale and plant the seeds of hope to the younger generations, who would one day be proudly representing the Philippines.”

Reyes said the country’s hosting of the SEA Games also ushered the construction of state-of-the-art facilities such as the Athletics Stadium and the Aquatic Center that the NAS can utilize since they are located at the New Clark City Sports Complex where the NAS main campus will rise. Moving forward, the NAS aims to expand by establishing campuses in other parts of the country and integrating them into one system of governance and management.

Even with the ongoing pandemic, work continues to make sure that the NAS will be ready soon to welcome its first batch of students. “It is not only a training ground for aspiring athletes,” says Alan. “It is the home we envision for the future Filipino Olympians.”

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