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Father and son: Paying it forward

'I was nine when I started playing football. Once you start kicking the ball, you can never stop' says Elmer Bedia (right) with son LA Bedia (leftmost) Source: supplied

Football has been a significant part of Elmer and Luck Anthony Bedia's life. The father and son is paying it forward by creating opportunities through football to children in the Philippines and Australia.

Elmer Bedia, popularly known as Mr Football has lived in Brisbane  since the mid-80s


 

Highlights

  • Among his 6 children, it is Luck Anthony Bedia who has played football professionally and like his father is now coaching teams in the Philippines
  • The Bedias are active in the football initiative  IHIP, initiatives and Hearts for Indigenous People , introducing football and opportunities for indigenous children in the Philippines
  • Previous players who trained under the Elmer Lacknet Bedia Football Academy have also formed their academy overseas, including one in LIberia.

 

'I have been playing football since I was a teenager. Football has taught me discipline, you have to be committed to training, becoming a better player and individual.' says Luck Anthony Bedia

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