NEWS STORY. 21/08/2023
The Real Madrid City has already hosted 1,000 clinics involving more than 28,400 foreign children, boys and girls from 35 countries, who have enjoyed this experience and the facilities over short periods of time, from 2 to 4 days of intensive training, in just over a decade.
It was 12 years ago, during the 2011-12 season, that the Foundation's educational and quality sport promotion activities began under the name of the Real Madrid Foundation clinics. Targeted at children already playing football and basketball, each boy or girl, along with their teams, experiences a new approach to technical and tactical learning and human values, following the Foundation's educational methodology and the fundamentals of the Club's Sports Department.
Throughout these 12 years this activity line has grown in order to allow all boys and girls, even if they are not part of social programmes and have their own teams, to enjoy a unique quality learning and sporting experience with the Foundation, given that the social sports schools are aimed at vulnerable children. Clinics outside Spain and clinics for children of different nationalities take place in Valdebebas, bearing in mind that these are universal experiences and that the Foundation's schools and campuses in Spain cater for these needs.
As part of the promotion of educational sport for all, training clinics have taken place all over the world and reached almost 40,000 participants last season, 11% of whom were socially disadvantaged. Out of all of them, those organised at Real Madrid City are particularly noteworthy, as they allow these boys and girls to enjoy learning their favourite sport on the same pitches as their heroes. Players such as Camavinga, Lucas Vázquez, Caroline Weir, Kathellen Sousa, Møller and Svava, as well as legends such as Emilio Butragueño, Roberto Carlos and Iker Casillas, visited the clinics last season.
Starting in the 2011-2012 season, 28,481 players from more than 35 countries have taken part in the programme to date. On average, the training sessions last 2 days, and are complemented with a visit to the facilities or the Tour Bernabéu. The programme is topped off with the possibility of returning to Real Madrid City to take part in an annual World Challenge, which brought together more than 500 youngsters in the last edition.