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Soccer Mom Lesson No. 3: Playing in the Rain Isn’t Bad for You

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This afternoon, despite the pouring rain, Alabang Football School’s training went on as usual. Attendance was maybe sixty to seventy percent, but it was more than enough.

An hour into training, the field was already flooded. But the kids and the coaches stayed on the field, running, sliding, kicking. A few parents (myself included), nannies and drivers sheltered in the covered bleachers, preferring to stay dry while watching from a distance.

While watching the kids enjoy their training in the hard rain, I was suddenly struck by two realizations.

First, these footballers love playing in the rain, and it’s actually not bad for them. Getting soaked in the rain doesn’t equal getting sick (as long as you have a dry change of clothes and maybe some vitamin C soon after). My daughter and her friends always say that they love playing football in the rain, and doing exactly that hasn’t yet given my daughter a cold.

Second, I must think of myself so old that I’ve forgotten the joy of playing in the rain! There was a time in my youth when my father would suggest that he, my siblings and I play in the rain just outside our house. I even remember making paper boats and letting them drift down the gutter. Has motherhood erased my sense of child-like play?

My first instinct is always to avoid getting wet in the rain, especially with my kids. But in the case of football, I’ve learned that playing in the rain (sans lightning and thunder, of course) is fine. Just always be ready with towels, slippers and a dry change of clothes.

Fun at the 2014 Alaska Summer Football Festival

Yesterday morning, my daughter and I were at the 2014 Alaska Summer Football Festival in Alabang Country Club.  This is the culminating event of the annual Alaska Summer Football Power Alaska Summer Football Festival 2014Camps by Makati Football Club and Alabang Football School.

This is my daughter’s second football tournament of the year. However, unlike the Coca-Cola Football Festival a few weeks ago, a more competitive event attended by thousands of children belonging to various football clubs and schools from all over the Philippines, this tournament is more scaled down. It is only for those who have attended this year’s Alaska Summer Football Camps in Makati Football School and Alabang Football School. At the end of the games, all participants are given certificates of attendance. Winners are given medals and trophies are given for special awards.

I was dreading the 36-37 degree Celsius weather yesterday (and for most of it, I was under the shade of a tent), but I saw that the kids were giving their all and having fun while playing football under the sun. This was what these young footballers were looking forward to all summer – a chance to play the game. And this time, I was happy just to see my daughter and her friends having fun during and in between games. After all, that is why she is playing football.

Of course, we were also happy and thankful for some bonuses at the end – rewards for hard work. My daughter and her team mates each brought home a medal for first place, and she also received a trophy for Most Valuable Player for her age group for this year’s summer camp.

Smiles, good memories, and a medal and trophy too. Not bad at all for a morning of football fun in the sun.