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Iker Casillas visita ESD Fuenlabrada

Casillas pays visits to Real Madrid Foundation's socio-sporting school in Fuenlabrada

NEWS | 03/06/2021

Banco Santander has supported the Foundation's socio-sporting projects since 2010.
The pupils at the Real Madrid Foundation’s socio-sporting school in Fuenlabrada received a special visitor, with Iker Casillas, the deputy general director of the Real Madrid Foundation, and Juan Manuel Cendoya, vice-president of Santander España and the bank’s director of Communications, Corporate Marketing and Studies, visited the socio-sporting football school for integration in Fuenlabrada. 
The school has been running at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos campus since 2004 and caters for 90 minors each season. The project, which was launched in 2004, has benefited nearly 1,000 children, who are taught in line with the Foundation’s Por una educación REAL: valores y deporte (For a REAL education: values and sport) methodology.

The school caters for 90 minors each season.

Casilla’s visit created much excitement amongst the pupils, who recognise him as a role model. “The Foundation’s work wouldn’t be possible without the help of teammates like Banco Santander. Education and integration through sport helps thousands of children across the world”, he commented.
For his part, Cendoya stated that: “We share a passion for football with the Real Madrid Foundation and not just the sport itself but its status as an excellent tool to educate people in positive values, such as sacrifice, effort and teamwork. Football is far more than a sport, it’s a tool for progress. That’s why Santander supports football, because we believe that it is the sport that has the greatest impact on society and that it has massive potential to bring about change”.
Schools in Madrid
The Real Madrid Foundation operates over 20 socio-sporting football schools across the Community of Madrid that give children aged five to 17 the opportunity to learn about the positive values linked to team sports. Banco Santander has supported a further two schools in Madrid (Canal and Pozuelo de Alarcón), as well as a host of Real Madrid Foundation’s charity initiatives both in Spain and overseas, since 2010.