NEWS STORY. 03/12/2022
The Real Madrid Foundation is celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities and its work towards inclusion continues through 24 social sports schools in Spain offering adapted and inclusive football and basketball to more than 400 people with different mental and physical disabilities.
The Foundation is a pioneer when it comes to carrying out football for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and in wheelchair basketball and values schools aimed at children with physical and mental disabilities. Also a founding member of the Sanitas Foundation's Alliance for Inclusive Sport and active in the area of disability for the past 15 years. Educational sport in values is provided in the adapted and inclusive schools in order to promote autonomy and personal development among people with disabilities, in accordance with the manual created by the Inclusive Football and Valuesball Inclusive Sport Foundation.
The Foundation's approach to diversity has grown in number of projects and participants since the Foundation's first inclusive campuses in 2005. Inclusive days are now included in the social sports tournaments at Real Madrid City, transforming playing sports into a platform for integration that builds both the technical and tactical skills in sport, as well as social skills. Learning takes place through joint practice situations, while at the same time transmitting the positive values of sport in a friendly environment that encourages interpersonal relationships.
12 social sports schools have been set up this season to offer adapted basketball, four inclusive football schools, three wheelchair basketball schools, one inclusive basketball school and one adapted football school geared towards children with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), Down's Syndrome or with cognitive and functional diversity. This is all supported by collaborators such as Endesa, Ambilamp and El Corte Inglés and the ConecTEA Foundation with schools for students with autism; the Ana Carolina Díez-Mahou Foundation and the joint project run with GSK for children with respiratory disorders; and UPS and Signus in the wheelchair basketball area, all of whom have shown their commitment to inclusion.
The objective is to ensure equal opportunities when it comes to access to quality educational sport. For the first time this season, a team from the Foundation will represent Real Madrid in LaLiga Genuine, a LaLiga initiative for people with disabilities.
Inclusive exhibition at the Real Madrid-Valencia Basket match
Students from the wheelchair and walking basketball social sports schools who attend the La Masó Municipal Sports Centre in Madrid every week, held inclusive training sessions throughout the month of November. An exhibition will also take place during half-time in the Real Madrid-Valencia Basket game on Sunday featuring students from the Valdebernando adapted basketball school and students from the Foundation's basketball social sports schools who have excelled in their behaviour.