Some thirty children and 25 local coaches are set to benefit from the second series of football clinics hosted through a partnership between Sandals Resorts International, Beaches Resorts, The Sandals Foundation, and The Real Madrid Foundation, the social entity of the Real Madrid C.F., to develop its social commitment through education, integration and cooperation programs.
The activities commenced Monday, January 6 and will run through to Saturday, January 11 at the Long Bay Football Field in Negril. Over the six day period, local children, ages 9 – 14 years will be engaged in intense football training alongside international children, all guests at Beaches Negril. The resort guest experience forms part of the company’s Liv+ Program – which is available at an additional fee and provides a series of exclusive events designed to enhance guests’ Luxury Included® vacationing experience. Additionally, the programme forms part of the Real Madrid Foundation’s and Sandals Foundation’s ongoing commitment to corporate social responsibility.
On Monday, January 6, local coaches benefited from a three-hour, immersive theoretical and practical training session with the goal of passing on the skills, training and knowledge of which future generations can learn, benefit and excel. The children’s clinic commenced on Tuesday January 7 and will continue throughout the week.
“The Sandals Foundation has always used sports as a tool to engage and transform the lives of children across the Caribbean,” said Heidi Clarke, Executive Director for the Sandals Foundation.
“Sports is an incredible tool that teaches lifelong skills in teamwork, tenacity, confidence, persistence and discipline. These clinics provide a unique opportunity to expose our youth and local coaching fraternity to learn the tricks and trade directly from professionals selected by the Real Madrid Academy, one of the world’s most acclaimed football clubs,” Clarke concluded.
Everton Tomlinson, President of the Westmoreland Football Association and Chairman of the Jamaica Football Federation Technical Committee gave commendations to the tactics taught by the Real Madrid representatives noting that the imparted skills can positively develop the sports within the country.
“The information shared with the local coaches on how to teach children and having them involved in a proper setting was extremely exciting and interesting. If the lessons are adopted and the coaches go out and impart the lessons in delivery and organization to the younger players in their schools, clubs and communities, it will auger well for the development of the sport in the next two to three years”.
For twelve year old Asani Barton from Mount Airy Primary and Infant School in Westmoreland, “the Monkey in the Middle drill and the practice to pass and run in space,” will help him play a better game.
The Real Madrid Foundation Football clinics were first executed in April 2019 and brought together some 50 local children from the Westmoreland area.
Real Madrid Foundation' Clinics Manager, Andres Muntaner, said, "We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Beaches Resorts and the Sandals Foundation for it provides opportunities to educate the Caribbean kids using soccer with the goal to foster grassroots sports to all levels of players while promoting good values and contributing to the development of young players in the region”.
At the close of the Jamaican run, the Clinics move to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, January 14 -17, 2020 in partnership with Beaches Turks & Caicos and the Sandals Foundation.