Iloilo mulls sports academy, training center


The Iloilo Provincial Government is eyeing the establishment of a sports academy and training center to further hone the kills and abilities of potential Ilonggo athletes.

Board Member of the 3rd District Matt Palabrica, with officials of the Department of Education–Iloilo and the Commission on Higher Education, among others, recently convened for the proposal.

“Upon consultation, we have planned to have a consortium with different state universities and colleges to accommodate our athletes for them to be trained by our academy and at the same time, they can attend school so as their ambition to become professionals will not be hampered,” said Palabrica. (

He noted that Iloilo is home to potential athletes in track and field, javelin throw, long jump, and high jump.

The academy, which will be located at the Iloilo Sports Complex in La Paz district, aims to recruit athletes from high school and the tertiary level, the Ilonggo politiko said.

The Iloilo Sports Academy and Training Center is expected to operate in 2021.