La Fundación trabaja por un deporte cada vez más inclusivo

Real Madrid Foundation works towards making sport ever more inclusive

NEWS | 13/08/2020

The organisation boasts 17 socio-sporting adapted or inclusive basketball projects and five football schools.
The Real Madrid Foundation's efforts in terms of diversity continue apace in Spain as the institution assists a growing number of vulnerable groups to make sport a tool for inclusion and integration for everyone. With 17 socio-sporting adapted or inclusive basketball projects and five inclusive football schools, attended by almost 400 participants, Real Madrid's is the club foundation with the highest number of players of different abilities.
Those who attend the schools gain both technical and tactical skills in the given sport and acquire social norms with a view to joining a socio-sporting school attended by pupils who don't have a disability, in those instances where this is possible. An example of an intermediary step is offered by the socio-sporting football schools for children on the autism spectrum run at the council-owned Luis Aragonés and Plata y Castañar facilities, which have enabled the children to share a space with other socio-sporting school participants.

Sport helps the participants' personal development and promotes independence in their daily lives.

During the course of this season, the partnership signed with the Fundación ConecTEA will offer children with autism the chance to experience social inclusion in the practice of team sport, which will contribute to improving quality of life in other areas and aspects that impact on social and emotional wellbeing.
In this regard, the programme also caters for over-20s with a football school in Fuenlabrada and a basketball school at Hogar Don Orione so that adults with a disability are able to continue their development with the Foundation. In addition and through the link-up with the Fundación Ana Carolina Díez-Mahou and the support of GSK, the adapted football and basketball schools promote sporting activity in children aged between seven and 14 who suffer from breathing problems as a result of a genetic pathology.

Wheelchair basketball schools
Participants in the wheelchair basketball school represent another example of those who often struggle to practise the sport outside of competitive games. Sport helps the participants in terms of personal development and promotes independence in their daily lives. A new sponsor in the shape of the tyre recycling firm Signus has joined the project this season to support the Getafe school and it lines up alongside UPS  in supporting the three schools at which this adapted version of the sport is played.