Lacson: National Sports Academy: World-class facility for the athletic training and character development of young Filipino athletes

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SPORT is indeed an avenue or a mechanism to help our young people become whole and productive individuals. Through the establishment of the National Sports Academy, young athletes can showcase their skills in different sports events, and their active participation in various sports activities not only improves their physical and mental abilities, but also enables them to inculcate the values ​​of hard work, discipline and excellence.

Under Republic Act (RA) No. 11470, the NAS was institutionalized to recognize and develop talented students from all sectors, including those from Indigenous communities and Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and other groups marginalized. The NAS system is an institution attached to the Department of Education (DepEd) in partnership with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). Under the law, the new Clark City Athletic Complex will serve as the location for the NAS campus, with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) tasked with constructing classrooms, dormitories and other athletic facilities, as well as related equipment.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the inspection of the National Sports Academy (NAS) Learning and Training Center for deserving Filipino college athletes at New Clark City in Tarlac on June 14. As part of the ceremonial activity, the President visited the world-class Academic and Administrative Building and the Multipurpose Gymnasium, both included in Phase 1 of the Php557.8 million NAS project. Deputy Secretary Leonor Briones and Base Conversion and Development Authority officials joined President Duterte in inspecting the ongoing construction of NAS.

During his speech, President Duterte congratulated the NAS, the BCDA and all the governmental and private partners who have contributed to the construction of this new and important institution despite the limitations inherent in the pandemic for the continued establishment of the said school. which is “envisioned to be a world-class facility that would serve at the forefront of our efforts to provide an environment conducive to the academic and athletic training and character development of our young athletes.” He added that he fervently hopes that “this pioneering group of student-athletes will become complete Olympians and champions who will carry our flag onto the international sports stage and inspire a deep sense of patriotism among Filipinos.”

While DepEd and NAS strive to provide the foundation for these students to develop their physical abilities, they are also committed to ensuring that student-athletes also acquire the academic skills necessary to become highly competitive individuals. With NAS, the government is able to offer these aspiring athletes the prestigious opportunity to build their future in the national and international sports arenas.

In search of scholars

For the next school year, NAS will offer programs in eight targeted sports, namely athletics, swimming (swimming), gymnastics, badminton, judo, taekwondo, table tennis and weightlifting – which are all Olympic sports.

The Academy invites new student-athletes in grades 7 and 8 in any of the eight focus sports to consider the opportunities that await them within the NAS system.

Each year, the Academy opens its doors to deserving young Filipinos through the NAS Annual Search for Competent, Exceptional, Notable, and Talented Student-Athlete Scholars (NASCENT-SAS), which is currently extended until June 30.

To inquire about NAS scholarships, contact the NAS and NASCENT-SAS Admissions Services Unit via email: [email protected]

or via mobile phone, Viber or WhatsApp: 0976-038-3434 (GLOBE) | 0976-037-8383 (GLOBE) | 0976-040-0899 (GLOBE) | 0931-047-2020 (SUN)

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