MANILA, Philippines – Renowned Spanish football team Real Madrid is coming to the Philippines for the first time to “help train the country’s future football stars,” according to a press release that was sent out on Wednesday, September 23.
The announcement comes days after Real Madrid C.F. made headlines when star player Cristiano Ronaldo appeared with a young Syrian refugee in a match in the Spanish capital.
The partnership was made between the Real Madrid Foundation and Andrew Tan’s conglomerate, Alliance Global Group, Inc. (AGI) in order to “conduct the biggest and first-ever series of football clinics in the Philippines.”
“We are very confident that with the training and guidance of Real Madrid’s coaches, more young Filipino players will be able to achieve their football aspirations,” said Kevin L. Tan, the director of Alliance Global Group, Inc.
“AGI, through Emperador, Inc., is ready to invest its resources and take the lead in growing the popularity of the world’s number one sport in the Philippines.”
The press release indicates that a “rolling” football clinic will be established to conduct the popular campus experience program of Real Madrid C.F. through the help of professional football coaches from Madrid, Spain, who will mentor youth and local coaches across the Philippines’ 16 regions.
The series of clinics will take place at the “world-class” McKinley Hill Stadium in McKinely Hill, Fort Bonifacio, from October 5 to 9 and from October 12 to 16. The clinic will be led by 3 visiting coaches from Real Madrid C.F., who will have mentoring duties of 36 coaches and 360 students from the NCR (National Capital Region).
Real Madrid Foundation will also hold football clinics in Baler, Aurora from October 19 to 23 and from October 26 to 30, with 12 coaches and 120 students expected to be present.
“The rolling football clinics will be modeled after the training programs conducted by [the] Real Madrid Foundation in other Asian countries such as Japan and China,” according to the press release.
Real Madrid, which hopes to promote education of values through sports, has been conducting sports clinics to promote the sport among children around the world. It’s Real Madrid Foundation currently runs permanent and temporary activities and projects in 70 countries and has benefited more than 50,000 youth from different parts of the world. – Rappler.com