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Juan Villoro Soccer School

By Jade Arroyo

A small soccer team made up of ten San Miguel children aged seven through nine has won second place in the Regular Tournament and 2016 closing Championship in the Querétaro Superleague Tournament.

This group, called the Juan Villoro Soccer School, came into being in September 2016. It honors the Mexican writer, journalist, and sociologist, who loves this sport and writes children’s literature. Although playing the game for just a short time, these children have managed to compete and win.

Based on a COMUDE (municipal sports board) initiative in 2014, this group is comprised of ten children. Five come from the San Miguel COMUDE: Eitan Báez Menchaca, Saúl García Peralta, Bastián Zamudio Ortí, Jesús Juárez Lozano, and Fernanda Jordan González. The Jean Piaget team is made up of Jacobo Montiel Álvarez, Ángel Estudiate Martínez, Oscar Estudiante Martínez, and Alexandro García Vargas. Ethan Hernández Ramírez is from the Pumitas team.

The boys train with their own teams regularly, but they meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday to train as the group Juan Villoro.

This team could not have gone so far without the commitment of the coach, Oscar Arroyo, and the parents. The organization and impulse of the team is self-managed. The moms and dads are in charge of graphic design, transportation, getting sponsors, and building up energy and the stimulus necessary for the team to continue training and keep their up their performance level.

The parents show their admiration and pride, forming a new generation of happy children who are developing as whole human beings. In an increasingly consumerist and isolated society, these young parents are a breath of fresh air with their open minds and loving attitude. Several comment while laughing that the children already had soccer in their DNA. As children and grandchildren of soccer players in a country where this sport is on the same level with religion and politics, from infancy they were running behind the ball. It’s an inexplicable passion to many others.

“Winning is the result of weekly participation and training. Winning is fun and enjoyable; it’s as valuable as the children’s smiles. Finally, we thank our sponsors. Thank you for your trust. We will continue to dream and triumph,” says Oscar.

And the kids? They are best friends, and so far everyone dreams of being a professional player, with Lionel Messi as the favorite idol.

The team’s immediate plans are to keep training and to participate in the next category of the Querétaro Superleague.

They want to thank their sponsors, Imperial Tourist Transport, Solutions Shipping, and Consthiufri Constructora. To become a sponsor next season, contact the coach:

You can follow the team on Facebook: Futbol San Miguel Juan Villoro


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