The Real Madrid Foundation Academy announced that they are on track to establish their first sport academy in Egypt.
According to the club’s Egyptian partners, NEWGIZA, an Egyptian real estate developer, the academy will provide an opportunity for young boys and girls, aged 4 to 17, who are passionate about football to become professional players with the help of top-notch Spanish and Real Madrid certified Egyptian coaches.
With the attendance of former Real Madrid icon, Emilio Butragueno, who is currently Real Madrid’s Institutional Relations Director, the academy will foster students’ health and well-being and provide each with a sport psychologist, nutritionist and a first-aid physician.
“We’re very happy to partner with NEWGIZA in an endeavour that brings both countries closer,” Butragueno stated to media. “We share a common passion for football and we will work hard to turn Egyptian youngsters’ aspirations into reality.”
The academy will launch four new social sport academies in Egypt where over 1,200 underprivileged children will participate in rewarding social and sport activities.
“Real Madrid, through its foundation, is committed to social integration and development; nearly 30,000 children attend our 193 social sport academies across 62 countries,” Butragueno concluded.
Egypt and former Zamalek star Hazem Emam appeared at the announcement of the deal, as representatives of the Fame Academy, which is in charge of the agreement between NEWGIZA and Real Madrid.
The CEO of NEWGIZA, tycoon Mahmoud El-Gammal, is closely allied with Egypt’s previous regime. He is the father-in-law of Gamal Mubarak, the elder son of the country’s toppled president Hosni Mubarak.