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Real Madrid hands out diplomas to 11 Nigerian coaches

30 March 2019

Diplomas awarded to teachers in charge of the first training course in Nigeria

The school will be opened in May in collaboration with the Rivers State government.

The managing director of the Real Madrid Foundation, Julio González, handed out diplomas to the 11 coaches in Nigeria who came to Madrid to receive training. These coaches learned about the Real Madrid Foundation’s work methodology and transmission of values through sport.

The course involves diverse theoretical and practical training activities workshops and exercises on the pitch, visits to football projects. It ran for 10 days and ended on Friday at the Santiago Bernabéu.

The Real Madrid Foundation and the Rivers State government in Nigeria signed a collaboration agreement last year in Port Harcourt. The local governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Ricardo Gallego and the head of the Foundation’s socio-sporting projects in Africa and the Middle East, Íñigo Arenillas, were all present.

The project’s origins
The city of Port Harcourt, which is home to the project itself, sits on the Niger River delta. Port Harcourt is industrial and has a population of around two million. The beneficiaries of the project will be children from vulnerable backgrounds. The socio-sporting school in Nigeria all started with a centre being built, and it is set to be finished by April 16th. The school will open fully to beneficiaries on May 1st this year.

A version of this report first appeared on the Real Madrid website.

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