The Makati Football Club (MFC) has partnered with the ICTSI Foundation, Inc. and the Spanish Embassy in Manila to bring the youth football clinic of Real Madrid, dubbed as the “world’s best club of the 20th century.”
Set on December 12 to17 at the Alabang Country Club in Muntinlupa City, the Real Madrid football clinic will bring in two youth coaches from Fundacion Real Madrid together with 15 local and professional MFC coaches. They will hold daily six-hour sessions for young footballers ages seven to 17 years old.
MFC has gathered 150 participants, 80 of whom are from the marginalized youth sector. With the assistance of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the selected indigent participants are from Nayon ng Kabataan, Tuloy Foundation, Gawad Kalinga and Unang Hakbang Foundation and youth players from Pangasinan and Camarines Sur.
“We are excited to partner with the Makati Football Club and the Spanish Embassy to bring to Manila the youth football camp of the best football club of our generation. Real Madrid’s heart for the marginalized youth is synonymous with the focus of the ICTSI Foundation,” said Christian Gonzalez, ICTSI head of Asia-Pacific region and Foundation board director and trustee. “The youth is ICTSI’s core advocacy with sports as one of three pillars, and football is one sport that we want to help develop in the country,” he adds.
Aside from teaching the methodology and techniques of the Real Madrid FC, the football clinic will have experiential activities aimed at inculcating the values conveyed by the Real Madrid brand—respect, leadership, hard work, self-control and teamwork—values integral to the holistic development of children and young athletes.
“The Real Madrid Football clinic will be an experience of a lifetime especially for the youth, and to give this opportunity to the underprivileged children will be a milestone for the Makati Football Club. We hope to do this again next year and to invite more kids from the marginal sector,” said MFC founding president Tomas Lozano.
Being the very first football club in the country, the MFC has a long history with the development of youth football in the Philippines. Through the years, MFC has garnered local and international victories since its foundation in the 1976.
“Like the ICTSI Foundation, the MFC values the importance of constantly contributing to our local communities. We both aim to provide all participants particularly the underprivileged and orphaned kids a fun and valuable learning experience where they can feel a sense of belonging, self-worth and personal satisfaction through participation and peer interaction with the hope of bringing about a positive difference in these children’s lives,” added Lozano.
The MFC is the Philippines’ pioneer football club and ICTSI Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of International Container Terminal Services, Inc.