Real Madrid Foundation coaches Pablo Gomez Revenga, Santiago Sanchez Martin and Hector Vicente were recently in the Philippines for the 2018 YKK Asia Group Kids Football Clinic. They gave 300 underprivileged kids the rare opportunity to learn football the Real Madrid way at the McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Assisted by 30 local coaches, Revenga, Martin and Vicente shared and demonstrated world-class training methodologies and training techniques throughout the sessions. The RMF coaches promoted values through sports and education, teaching the kids about commitment, responsibility and teamwork, all while having fun.
YKK Philippines Assistant Vice President for Marketing Agustin Villarama was elated about the outcome of the clinics. It was the second time that YKK Asia Holdings PTE LTD and YKK Philippines brought the Real Madrid Foundation coaches to the Philippines to teach football to underprivileged kids.
“After two days of clinics, we are happy to see that the kids are happy,” Villarama shared. “We can see that these camps will produce positive effects for them in the future. Sports is a good tool to give a chance for these less fortunate kids.”
“The coaches were very passionate about the country and about the kids that they taught football to,” Villarama added. “They also enjoyed themselves throughout. That’s how much they love football.”
The Filipino children experienced the world-class football training from coaches of the most multi-titled La Liga team in history with 33 Championship titles to its name. Children from Gawad Kalinga communities were first to undergo the clinics on June 23, 2018.
Children from lakeshore communities in Batangas participated in the clinics in the morning of June 24, 2018. In the afternoon, homeless children who live and sleep on streets and places like Luneta and the Caloocan Monumento who were cared for by Child Hope Asia Philippines had their own exhilarating football experience.
Among the 300 participants of the two-day football clinics were two kids from previously war-torn Marawi City namely Mohammed Faried Anganto and Alintor Bangote. They were brought by their coach Espiridion Paran under the auspices of Gawad Kalinga.
“Football was one way for the kids to cope and transcend the experience of the past,” Paran stated. “It was special for them to experience the YKK Football Clinic conducted by Real Madrid coaches because they learned new skills and trained with professional football gear. They’re used to playing with makeshift equipment, using tennis balls and playing barefoot.”
All 2018 YKK Asia Group Kids Football Clinic participants received a full set of YKK/RMF football kits, which include football boots, cap and socks. Everyone received a certificate at the end of the session and the Most Valuable Participants in the morning and afternoon sessions received Real Madrid T-shirts and bags.