Football or Soccer has become a passion for me after rediscovering it again in 2010. I haven’t played a major 11-aside tournament after leaving high school and proceeding to college more than a decade ago. Other than running and badminton, this sport have become my outlet recently in relieving stress, renewed motivation to exercise and be fit and meeting with old and new friends who shared the same passion as well.
I learned how to play the sport at age 11 in early 1990s. It was fun time of learning the basics of football. In football playing countries learning the sport at age 11 is already old but I started to pick it up at that age and stayed away from playing basketball at the moment and become one of the Euro football fan (from Dutch and Italian Serie A) and recently with English Premiere League, Spain’s La Liga, German Bundesliga and our very own United Football League Philippines.
In the past two years, this sport has been earning throngs of fans from all walks of life after that faithful and triumphant battle in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup Semi-finals. It has become an exciting sport after seeing the Philippine National Football Team – Seniors Division a.k.a. as the Philippines Azkals in action. The Azkals made a breakout in this tournament giving glory to our country. Reaching the semi-finals brought tremendous hope and a bright future for Philippine football scene. Last March 2012, the Azkals won the bronze medal on one tough match against Palestine in 2012 AFC Challenge Cup in Kathmandu, Nepal. Although there are many issues surrounding the players but still they have shown off that they are proud Filipinos – pure blood or half-blood.
With renewed interest of playing this sport again we started out a small Football Association (FA) club composed of guys with same interest in playing recreational and competitive football. We organized this club in the interest of propagating the football grassroots development program in our area and at the same time play together as a team, compete on a 7-aside tournament in Metro Manila or play 11-aside friendly games with other clubs within or near our area and represent our community in the province.
As one of the founding members and one of the managing staff involves huge task of handling and organizing people, finance, training, equipments and at times coaching the players, etc. All the principles of the personal financial planning can be applied here as well.
Training the players
It involves lots of routine exercises from running, ball handling, skills developments and others. It is for sure needs lot of discipline in order to reach the peak of your performance and become one of top players as what most coaches will tell you and make you do when playing this tough sport such as football which is very competitive. It took time for us recall the old instincts plus the muscle memory of playing the game again.
Like football, you must learn how to save, instill unto yourself the discipline of not overspending and setting certain amount of your money through budgeting and keeping expenditures monitored. Although, saving money is hard for others but once you save at least a portion of your money (10%) this could be a small step then you can go to higher amounts. Motivating on ‘s self to save money and invest for the future in reaching one’s goal in life.
Maintaining the club
Currently, we do not have corporate sponsors or affiliation with a local sporting organization or local government unit that could help us strengthen the team more. All of the players and staff are setting aside a small portion of their own money and pooled it into a trust fund if the case arises that we need xem bóng đá trực tiếp to pay for the registration fees, transport fees and other expenses might be incurred in future events and tournaments in Metro Manila or elsewhere outside of our province.
In financial planning perspective, discipline of setting aside for emergency cases or contingency plan if the case of the need to use the fund arises might come in handy. At least the cash needed for this could up to 6 months to a year in case of losing a job or looking for a job etc. Organizing the way you spend and the change in lifestyle could help you achieve more in saving enough funds for important future purchases for a future home, a car, dream vacation abroad or even for retirement.
Merchandising the goods
We come up with this bold plan of merchandising our team brand of T-shirt and marketing it to a local state university nearby in order to create positive cash flow in the coffers of the club. It got noticed with buyers from college students and local football aficionados who are friends of ours and supporters of our team with the use of social media network and by word of mouth as well. We invested a portion of our personal money unto selling and revolve the profits in order to create more products and services as long as the demand is still there in return we still a 10% profit sharing from the team members who invested in this plan.
Learning and discovering entrepreneurial side of running a small business on a part-time or full-time basis could help you develop business skills and probably earn more cash. Business venture such as retail could be excellent and could give you firsthand experience into venturing more into a more lucrative business if you take the risks at the same time the return of profit can be break even, low or higher. Taking the opportunity of earning on the side doesn’t not knock twice. It only comes once in a life. If it comes to your doorstep then grab it.