By Asia Education Review Team , Wednesday, 10 July 2024

Real Madrid Foundation Launches Educational Football Programme in Japan

  • The Real Madrid Foundation has inaugurated its second Educational Football Program site in Tokyo's Harumi district in partnership with Global Football Management. More than 400 boys and girls will participate in the program, hosted atop a corporate building constructed with support from the Otsuka Group.

    The success of the initial site in Harumi, serving over 600 students, has prompted the launch of a new center. Alongside Tokyo, the Educational Football Program has been operating in Japan for 11 years under Global Football Management, with additional locations in Aichi, Adachi, Chiba, Yashio, and Yokohama. Supported primarily by NTT Urban Solutions and Dears Brain, the program has solidified its position as the leading educational football initiative in the nation, boasting over 1,600 participants by season's end, including nearly 10% girls.

    The Educational Football Program offers young participants the chance to enhance their skills under the guidance of coaches trained in the organization's methodology, "For a Real Education: Values and Sport", certified by the Real Madrid Sports Department. This opportunity is tailored to students during their formative years.

    The proceeds from these initiatives contribute to supporting social and sports projects developed by the Foundation in Battambang, Cambodia. These projects focus on assisting vulnerable groups such as children affected by polio or victims of landmine accidents, prevalent in the region. The Foundation collaborates with the NGO Sauce (Solidaridad, Ayuda y Unión Crean Esperanza) on these efforts. Participants from Japan will have the opportunity to directly engage with these projects by traveling to Cambodia and participating in collaborative social and sports activities, gaining insight into a diverse and impactful world.