The proposed football school will be modeled as the Real Madrid Foundation’s network of schools for social integration and will target young people in underprivileged situations and will transcend purely sport education, focusing on social integration, training youngsters through solidarity, community and social service to ensure that they will be able to cope in different aspects of their daily lives and improve short-term education prospects.
On Monday, Real Madrid Foundation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new academy in Montego Bay which was attended by former Madrid player and current official Emilio Butragueno. Real Madrid will also use the occasion to formally appoint Usain Bolt as Goodwill ambassador of the school.
Avalon Arscott, the spokeswoman for the Spanish Embassy in Jamaica, said on Tuesday that local youngsters from some of the area’s poorest communities will attend the school. Arscott says students will be taught athletics and “social integration” by staff led by former Jamaica goalkeeper Aaron Lawrence.
Kudos to the great gesture and social idea by the club!