For the first time in the country’s history, Spain’s renowned football team, Real Madrid, is coming to the Philippines to help train the country’s future football stars. Just days after Real Madrid C.F. stole the world spotlight again when its very own star, Cristiano Ronaldo, appeared with a young Syrian refugee in a match in the Spanish capital, the club through the Real Madrid Foundation, has signed an agreement with Andrew Tan’s conglomerate, Alliance Global Group, Inc. (AGI), parent company of Emperador, Inc.,and the PinoySports Foundation 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. 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.,” said Kevin L. Tan, director, Alliance Global Group, Inc.
Under the partnership, a ‘rolling’ football clinic will be established to conduct the popular campus experience program of Real Madrid C.F. by bringing in professional football coaches from Madrid, Spain to mentor the youth and local coaches across the 16 regions of the Philippines.
The series of football clinicswill be launched at the world-class McKinley Hill Stadium in McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, on October 5 to 9, and October 12 to 16.This will be led by three visiting coaches from Real Madrid C.F., who will be mentoring 36 coaches and 360 students from the National Capital Region.
“Together with PinoysSports Foundation,Alliance Global and Emperador are the taking the lead in making football closer to the hearts of more Filipinos. Emperador, for its part, supports the search for the country’s future football stars,” adds Tan.
The formal signing of agreement, which was held over the weekend in Madrid, was led Tan along with former Senator Edgardo Angara, who also chairs the PinoySports Foundation, Real Madrid Foundation executive vice president Enrique Sanchez, Real Madrid C.F. director for institutional relations Emilio Butragueño, who was once a popular Spanish football star.
Also witnessing the ceremony were Philippine Ambassador to Spain Carlos Salinas and Philippine Football Federation president Mariano Araneta.
“Clinics by Real Madrid coaches will introduce the world’s most popular sport to more Filipino youth and will widen their football participation in this beautiful sport,” said Angara, who initiated the talks with Real Madrid.
Real Madrid Foundation will also hold its football clinics in Baler, Aurora on October 19 to 23 and October 26 to 30, which will be participated in by 12 coaches and 120 students.
The rolling football clinics will be modeled after the training programs conducted by Real Madrid Foundation in other Asian countries such as Japan and China.
Real Madrid, known for producing some of the world’s best professional football players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, has been conducting sports clinics to promote football among children around the world particularly in Europe, US, Asia Pacific and Africa.
Real Madrid Foundation is the organization tasked to spearhead the social and cultural awareness programs of Real Madrid by promoting education of values through sports. The 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.