11 December 2012
The club's director of Institutional Relations, Emilio Butragueño, has been to the city of Heredia (Costa Rica), alongside an international delegation of the RealMadrid Foundation, to open the new sports academy Panteras de la Universidad Latina, which will benefit 60 boys and girls. It will focus on encouraging children to play football and the promotion of values such as respect, comradeship and effort.
Emilio Butragueño explained that “it is important to be part of this kind of initiative which promotes, among children, the values of effort and respect for team-mates, opponents, fans and family through the medium of football. Projects like this are already being developed in other countries and they have produced outstanding results”.
The technical team of the Realmadrid Foundation will carry out the football training course this month called Ellos juegan, nosotros educamos (they play, we instruct) for up and coming coaches of the academy which will begin activities this season. Initially, 60 boys and girls will be given footballing classes at weekends at the facilities of the Heredia campus of the Universidad Latina, as an inaugural stage to the project.
During the visit, Butragueño had the opportunity to meet with students in the Sports Management and Administration program of the Universidad Latina of Costa Rica, to speak about the academic program. The meeting lasted for over an hour and the director of Institutional Relations shared reflections with the students and took note of their ideas on the steps to follow to make the school work.