NEWS STORY. 24/08/2023
Gender equality in access to educational sport has been one of the cornerstones of the Real Madrid Foundation's socio-sports projects since its birth more than 25 years ago. Equality is one of the seven values that are taught in the organisation's methodology which, across all countries and in all projects and programmes, seeks to guarantee equal opportunities in access to educational team sport, with the majority of projects being co-educational.
In particular, there is a notable presence of girls among the beneficiaries in international socio-sports projects and schools, aimed at supporting the most vulnerable children. The percentage of girls beneficiaries exceeds 33%, with 11,754 beneficiaries, likewise in the Foundation's clinics in Africa and Asia, with 30% and 28% of girls in the camps, respectively, thereby contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals of Equality and empowerment of women.
In the international arena, 22% of the 1,321 trainers-educators of the programmes and projects around the world are female; in the case of Spain, 34% are female trainers, 12 points above the national average, where only 22.23% of the vacancies in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences (PASD) in Spain were occupied by women during the last academic year. In this regard, the Foundation's international projects focus on the inclusion of other activities for the empowerment of women in developing countries.
In Spain, 352 girls, representing 22% of the total number of beneficiaries, have attended the football and basketball socio-sports schools, while 500 girls, 11% of the total number of participants, have enjoyed the experience in the clinics held at Real Madrid City.
In the socio-sports programmes for adults at risk of exclusion, in the integration programmes for the adult population and adult groups at risk of exclusion, the programme for the unemployed, Emprendeporte, deserves special mention. In this programme the female presence is 80%, and 75% in the programme for the elderly. In both cases it is a weekly maintenance physical exercise. Quite the opposite happens in the programmes for homeless people, where 95% of the beneficiaries are men, and the exceptionality of the prison programme, where only one of the centres served is for women, Meco II, with half a hundred participants.