Real Madrid to conduct football clinics in the Philippines under agreement to be signed this week in Spain

THE Real Madrid Foundation will conduct football clinics in 16 regions of the Philippines under a Memorandum of Agreement with the PinoySports Foundation to be signed in a ceremony in Madrid on Thursday.

Real Madrid Foundation will be represented at the signing by its vice president Enrique Sánchez, and Real Madrid’s director of institutional relations and former football star Emilio Butragueño.

Former Senate and University of the Philippines president Edgardo J. Angara is signing for the PinoySports Foundation as its chair and Kevin Tan, executive director of Alliance Global Inc. as trustee.  The ceremony will also be attended by Philippine Ambassador to Spain Carlos Salinas and Philippine Football Federation president Mariano Araneta.

“Clinics by Real Madrid Foundation coaches will introduce the world’s most popular sport to more Filipino youth and widen their football participation in the beautiful sport,” said Angara, who initiated the talks with the famous football club and its Foundation. 

The inaugural clinics consist of three visiting coaches mentoring 18 coaches and 180 students from Metro Manila, and six coaches and 60 students from Baler, Aurora. The goal is for similar “rolling” training clinics to be held in the other regions.

Andrew Tan of Alliance Global Inc. is the principal sponsor hosting the clinics at its McKinley Hill Stadium at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Real Madrid Foundation has also led training programs in Japan and China.

Follow the writer on Twitter: @spinph