NEWS STORY. 20/01/2022
Some 400 participants are set to enjoy the experience, which is offered in conjunction with Be Free Football and The Spanish Way.
The lecture theatre at Real Madrid City hosted the online presentation of the Real Madrid Foundation clinics that are due to be held in the future in the Bay of Kotor (Montenegro) in conjunction with the town of Porto Montenegro, Be Free Football and The Spanish Way. The event was attended by the managing director of the Real Madrid Foundation, Julio González Ronco, and Real Madrid ambassador, Álvaro Arbeloa, whilst Ignacio Sánchez, CEO of The Spanish Way; Zlatko Maric, CEO and founder of Be Free Football; and David Margarson, general manager of Porto Montenegro, attended remotely.
The Real Madrid Foundation’s partnership with Be Free Football through The Spanish Way is now five years old and whilst the forthcoming clinics will not represent the first such events to be held in Montenegro, it is the first time they will be staged in the exclusive town of Porto Montenegro in the Bay of Kotor. The clinics offer boys and girls who already play football the opportunity to experience the Foundation’s values and methodology to improve their skills.
Funds and scholarships
The funds raised through the clinics go towards the running of the projects and the Foundation’s socio-sporting projects and programmes for socially disadvantaged minors. In addition, on this occasion, there is a scholarship programme in place for the clinics.
Arbeloa once again expressed his support for the Foundation’s clinics and commented that “a true measure of our success is when a partner is keen to repeat the experience we offer them”, in reference to the fact that Montenegro has previously hosted Real Madrid Foundation clinics. Meanwhile, Maric highlighted that Montenegro is a country renowned for its athletes and champions and congratulated the club’s football team on its recent Spanish Super Cup success. For his part, Margarson spoke of the ideal nature of the town’s sporting facilities and the tourist and local infrastructure that sees the area attract such a number of visitors in the summer months, with the local authorities keen to offer all visitors “the very best experience”.
The clinics are to be held from 25 July to 2 September across six intense weeks in which over 400 participants aged 6-17 years will attend in 90-minute slots. Be Free Football and The Spanish Way are established Real Madrid Foundation partners and have organised successful clinics in the Mediterranean region for the past five seasons that have been attended by over 2,000 participants.