THREE coaches from European champion Real Madrid’s program are in Manila as it once again partners with YKK Philippines for the YKK Asia Group Kids Football Clinic at the McKinley Hill Stadium.
The clinics kicked off on Saturday with Real Madrid foundation coaches Pablo Gomez Revenga, Santiago Sanchez Martin and Hector Vicente overlooking the two-day weekend event for kids aged 8 to 15.
Beneficiaries are 300 kids from NGOs Child Hope Asia, Gawad Kalinga and a community from Batangas.
The coaches of Los Blancos will be assisted by 30 local coaches whom they trained immediately after the event’s press conference at the Shangri-La Fort on Friday.
“Our objective is to give the underprivileged the chance to be part of the Football Clinic,” said Tadashi Koshio, president of YKK Philippines.
“It is a great opportunity and pleasure for us to give back and help create initial spark of encouragement for children who do not normally experience big name events due to its exclusivity,” he added. “This time, it’s their turn to experience greatness.”
Philippine Football Federation secretary-general Ed Gastanes is hoping to find new talent through the event.
“We hope this clinic will develop more players and inspire other players,” Gastanes said.
“We are always pleased that the Real Madrid Foundation is bringing their style of play and style of coaching here. We are happy that YKK Asia Group and YKK Philippines have partnered with Real Madrid for another meaningful and significant clinic,” he added.
Each participant will receive a kit which will include boots, a cap, socks and certification of participation. All sporting equipment which will be used in training is provided for by YKK and will be donated right after to the NGO.