NEWS STORY. 27/06/2022
Iker Casillas, deputy director general of the Real Madrid Foundation, took part in the closing and awards ceremony at the eighth edition of the Copa Alma Europa, which saw eight delegations from international socio-sporting schools come together at Real Madrid City this weekend. The trophies he presented recognise the positive values instilled through sport. Casillas was joined by the Bulgarian ambassador to Spain, Aleksey Andreev; Julio González Ronco, the Foundation's managing director; Rafael García Cortés, director of the Foundation's socio-sporting schools for football; and the general director of Misiones Salesianas, Luis Manuel Moral.
Casillas had the following to say: "Being able to stage the Copa Alma again and welcome you to Real Madrid City gives us at the Foundation great joy following on from the two seasons in which there were restrictions in place. Over the course of the past couple of days, you've been able to share the football pitch and values with other teams that not only share a passion for football, but also a unique way of understanding this sport and its values. We're really proud of how you live out those values on the pitch and in your lives".
The school based in Felsút, Hungary, received a trophy that recognises equality, whilst the Romanian side showcased respect and the Bulgarian team excelled on account of their healthy lifestyle habits. Meanwhile, the team from the Moroccan project shone thanks to their fine motivation levels. The teams flying the flag for the Portuguese projects received the accolades for empathy (Guimarães), autonomy (Vila Real de Santo Antonio) and self-esteem (Manique). The Spanish representative landed the prize as the side to display the best camaraderie. The competition saw all of the players share in several days of cultural, social and sporting exchange in what was a unique and unforgettable experience.
This edition received the backing of the UEFA Foundation for Children, and in a new feature for this year, a Copa Alma channel was set up within the interactive Sports Values Academy TV platform.