NEWS STORY. 29/03/2023
Real Madrid ambassador Felipe Reyes paid a visit to the beneficiaries of the wheelchair basketball social sports school which is run by the Real Madrid Foundation in Getafe, alongside Signus, the organization tasked with managing used tires in Spain. The project, which began in the 2016-17 season, helps half a dozen young people with physical disabilities at the CEIP Jorge Guillén in Getafe. The wheelchair basketball school encourages education in values as a way of boosting its students' personal development and facilitating autonomy in their day-to-day lives.
Felipe Reyes underlined his excitement at being able to visit the school for a second year in a row: "We're here with Signus for another year, and it's a huge source of satisfaction and joy to be back visiting again, and to see how happy they all are to be playing basketball and learning values that will serve them for the rest of their lives". Isabel Rivadulla, Signus' Communications Director, highlighted that “this is a huge opportunity to promote environmental education, taking a closer look at the multiple uses for old tires”.
The visit was also joined by the Minister for Sports from Getafe City Council, Francisco Javier Santos, who reiterated his support for the program: "It's hugely important to work towards diversity and for young boys and girls to have the chance to do physical exercise to improve their health, as well as to build human relationships, so we must provide them with spaces to do so". Felipe Reyes was greeted with a round of applause when he took part in the training session in a wheelchair alongside the other participants.
Caring for the environment
The collective management system for disused tires, Signus, due to its acronym in Spanish, joined other organisations from the circular economy sector in working alongside the Real Madrid Foundation some four years ago, in order to help promote values through sport. The social sports schools in football and basketball place an importance on educating participants about environmental issues in order to build a better future.