Ayala Corp and ALI Break Ground for World-Class Sports Facilities

Ayala Corporation and Vermosa break ground on the Athlete’s Dormitory and multi-purpose field at Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub on July 11, 2022. From left to right: Vermosa Estate Head Jay Teodoro, Ayala Corporation Strategic Human Resources Consultant Paco Milan, Ayala Land CEO and President Bobby Dy, Ayala Corporation Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Land Senior Vice President and Head of Ayala Land Estates Robert Lao, Ayala Corporation Business Development and Innovation Head Jaime Alfonso Zobel De Ayala, Makati Development Corporation Head Dan Abando, Ayala Land Estates Vice President Cris Zuluaga.

Vermosa Sports Hub strengthens its support to the Filipino athlete with additional facilities and launches national sports associations partnership

Last July 11, 2022, Ayala Corporation and Ayala Land broke ground for additional facilities at the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub (AVSH) including the athlete’s dorm and the multi-purpose field. These world-class facilities expand Ayala’s commitment to developing the Filipino athlete by providing these venues that will enhance training. AVSH was launched in 2018 with the vision to be a South Luzon-based multi-sports facility that would help national and aspiring athletes prepare for competitions. Vermosa developed the AVSH as an integrated National Training Center that contains a FINA-standard Aquatic Center, an IAAF certified Athletics Center, a football pitch with natural tiff grass and a sports science laboratory and gym.

Through the partnership with Ayala Corporation, Vermosa was able to expand the Ayala Vermosa sports Hub facilities with the addition of a 25-meter arm-up pool, additional 240-seater bleachers for the pool and 500-seater bleachers for the track, installation of the track & field lighting system, and the construction of the Athlete’s Lounge as well as the athlete’s dormitory and multi-purpose field. “With these continued improvements, AVSH has now grown into a facility, fit for hosting significant local and national sporting events such as the SEA Games Underwater Hockey competitions in 2019,” Bernard Vincent Dy, Ayala Land president said. “I’m particularly happy that the track and field follows IAAF standards and the pool follows FINA Standards so we can have global competitions here,” said Chairman of Ayala Corp, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

These developments, also allowed AVSH to be the training venue for partner National Sports Associations namely: the Triathlon Association of the Philippines, the Philippine Rugby Football Union, the World Archery Philippines, and the Philippine Athletic and Track and Field Association.

In the same event, Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub gave the Atletang Ayala Athletes free access to the facility. Four of them were present in the ceremony and were given their AVSH VIP Pass. Those present were: compound archer Andrea Robles, fencers Noel Jose and Nathan Perez, and karateka Prince Alejo.

Atleteang Ayala is an Ayala Center for Excellence in Sports (ACES) program, that gives chosen Filipino athletes a chance to be employed under participating companies in the Ayala Group. They are employed and are provided full-salary while enjoying flexible working hours to allow them to train for the 2022 Asian Games and the 2024 Olympics. This arrangement gives the athlete the opportunity to fulfill their grueling training and. competition requirements while receiving a steady income.

“We have started this program, the Atletang Ayala program, to find ways to give athletes a future and incorporate them into the business side. ..We are delighted to be partners here. This is one of many future steps to support sports in our country,” Zobel said.

As the nation sprints to a full recovery, the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub is committed to champion excellence in developing sports that cultivate a healthy & active lifestyle. AVSH runs together with the Ayala Group of Companies in continually supporting the Filipino Athletes and aspirants.

“Maybe all of you can consider this a first step into a future where we can integrate what we do more formally into helping sports in general in the Philippines. Hopefully, we can continue to make this a home for a variety of different sports for everyone,” Zobel said