NEWS | 17/02/2020The city's mayor, Antonio Rodríguez Osuna, and the director of business at Caixabank in Badajoz, Jordi Portillo, welcomed the madridista delegation.
The project, aimed at over 50 children, aims to guarantee value-based training through sport of the best possible technical quality and equal opportunities for the young Mérida residents, regardless of their personal situation, ability, gender, ethnic race and culture.
This school is the fifth project to be jointly run by La Caixa and the Real Madrid Foundation in Castile-La Mancha and Extremadura and takes its place alongside the centres in Toledo, Tarancón, Guadalajara and Albacete, which have been running for over a decade and cater for over 500 youngsters.
Rodríguez Osuna commented: "Projects like this one, which make the most of the values of sport to achieve improved social integration, are vital". He went on to congratulate La Caixa and the Real Madrid Foundation "for leading programmes that spread the values of sport amongst the youngest members of our society and the efforts in trying to create a better society with everyone's help".
Portillo added: "It's source of satisfaction for the CaixaBank team that this school has been opened in Mérida and that these Extremaduran youngsters can not only enjoy playing football, but also have the chance to benefit from the values and training offered by this school".
For his part, Solari noted: "The objective of the Real Madrid Foundation is always to educate and integrate. Educating these very children in positive values will mean that, in the future, they will themselves be involved in creating a fairer society in which everyone is integrated".