NEWS | 22/03/2017Emilio Butragueño attended the opening ceremony, which was held at The Cedars School.
"I'm happy to be here because we at the Real Madrid Foundation believe sport to be the ideal tool for social integration and personal development", stated Butragueño. The socio-sporting school will be aimed at children aged between eight and 11 living in the south of London who find themselves in situations of social or economic disadvantage, with plans in place to extend the age groups to include youngster aged up to 17. The coaches, who have undergone the Foundation's Por una Educación REAL: Valores y Deporte (For a REAL education: Values and Sport) training programme, predominantly hail from the same area.
Robert Teague, headmaster of The Cedars School explained: "I'm delighted to be part of this link-up between the Real Madrid Foundation and The Cedars School, which will be verysignificant for the local community and will be very benefitial to many young people. The most exciting part of the project is that it's not just about improving the childrens' technical abilities, but it's also about helping to prepare them for life. Everything related to development allows the youngsters to satisfy their dreams or helps them along the way".
This project has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of the Kinetic Foundation, a Croydon-based charity organisation involved in football training, and the PACT Educational Trust, to which The Cedars School belongs.