Using the power of sports to make a positive impact on marginalized and at-risk Filipino youth who are living in urban slums and conflict-torn areas.
The SipaG program strives to develop the youth into responsible leaders through sports within Gawad Kalinga's (GK) 3,000 communities and partner footballing communities.
Through football we motivate and inspire underprivileged children to enroll in school, improve their grades, and attend values formation sessions contributing to the GK mission to end poverty in the Philippines. Youth leadership is foundation in transforming marginalized children into productive members of society
We empower our youth leaders through sports and mentorship by allowing them to implement a
grassroots program in their communities and sometimes commissioned to train public school and other footballing communities. This program
helps promote child rights awareness, gender equity and equality, and also develops the critical
life skills needed to pursue further education and gain a sustainable livelihood.
Our Social Impact
Beyond grassroots and youth leadership
we also work closely with Coaches Across Continents (CAC), the global leaders in
sports for social impact. We provide CAC
social impact coaches training for local
teachers, communities and coaches.
We show them how sports can be used in so much more than competition and
discipline especially in conflict areas.
Our hope stories
The impact of the sports program for the kids is more than just receiving medals and trophies. It gives them the chance to learn, develop and have fun. It also provides the opportunity for our
youth leaders as young as 15 to practice teamwork, responsibility, integrity, humility and
leadership as coaches, tournament officials and referees.
Princess is a 13 year-old girl born who joined the program in 2014.
Showing great involvement, embodying GK's
values and getting self-confidence, her hard work has been awarded.
In 2017, she was selected for FC Barcelona Escola's training camp, where she got the ALL STAR Award; attributed to the player that best displays FCB Way qualities on and off the pitch.
This May 2018, she got a scholarship for the prestigious International School Manila.
Her Dream? Studying in Harvard so as to become an engineer!
After participating to the program, Chester started, at the age of 15, coaching a youth GK SipaG
One year later he got his AFC C-Licensed Coach.
Today, he is a Coaches Across Continents (CAC) Social Impact Coach, Kaya grassroots academy coach and full-time Gawad Kalinga coach,
His dreams? Becoming a National Team coach, travelling to other countries to learn from talented coaches & that GK SipaG grows so as to help more and more kids.