THE first phase of the P557.8-million learning center and training ground for Filipino student-athletes will include academics and administrative buildings, and a multi-purpose gym is due to be realized in February of next year.
Present during the unveiling of ceremonial marker and architectural renderings were Governor Susan Yap, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, National Academy of Sports [NAS] Executive Joy Reyes, Bases Conversion and Development Authority Senior Vice President Joshua Bingcang and Capas Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan.
Gov. Yap said the goal of the NAS is not merely to make champions but to promote and protect the youth’s physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being.
“More than anything, it is the discipline and teamwork which we hope to instill in our youth through sports that drives our leaders to build institutions such as the National Academy of Sports,” Yap said.
In June 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11470, establishing NAS as an educational facility for student-athletes.
“We want the student-athletes, their families, the sports community, and the entire nation to know that we are united in helping them reach their dreams despite the pandemic and any challenges,” Bingcang said.
Yap further said, “Late 2018 when we first broke ground the site of The National Sports Academy under RA11470 authored in the house by Cong Vic Yap. Its construction is in full swing and has started its first school year last Sep 18. NAS Executive Director Joy Reyes, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, BCDA officials and I inspect the grounds and unveiled the historical marker. Seven young Tarlaquenos are part of this program. I am a proud Tarlaqueno. Mabuhay ang atletang Pilipino”.