Payatas Football Club was established in 2011 as a way to build relationships with the community while having fun. Payatas is one of the largest and poorest slums in the Philippines, and the kids took to the sport immediately. It was a safe space to have fun and play, away from gangs and drugs and the causes of such things.
Payatas FC has now won over 40 trophies, with players invited for University scholarships and National Youth Teams. Most importantly the emotional and social development of the kids has been a joy to be part of and leaks into other areas of life outside the football pitch.
Since opening the Payatas Sports Center, the number of players has roughly doubled from 100 to 200 joining training sessions and competitive games. Team sports have long been linked with improved social, physical, emotional, and academic progress. Payatas FC and the Payatas Sports Center mean that children around our area in the community have access to this too.
We believe every child deserves the chance to play in a safe environment. We believe sports done in an encouraging and constructive way can be a universal tool to achieve broader aims. We also believe that when you level the playing field, these kids will show you that they are just as good as anyone else out there (and often even better).
If you want to be a Payatas FC supporter you can get your own Payatas FC jersey. Contact Us to find out how you can get one delivered to your home (delivery outside the Philippines is possible but takes longer).
In the meantime check out this cute video from 2015 celebrating 4 years of Payatas FC: