Realmadrid Foundation Technical Academy, ITE to promote wellness through football
- POSTED: 09 Oct 2013 12:57
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The Realmadrid Foundation Technical Academy on Wednesday announced a partnership with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) to promote health, fitness and social well-being through football and community outreach programmes.
SINGAPORE: The Realmadrid Foundation Technical Academy on Wednesday announced a partnership with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) to promote health, fitness and social well-being through football and community outreach programmes.
As part of the collaboration, ITE College Central (ITE CC) will become the technical academy's latest training venue in Singapore.
Under the partnership, students and coaches will get first-hand experience of the Real Madrid approach to football, coaching and training.
Selected ITE students and staff will also have the opportunity to visit Real Madrid training facilities in Spain and the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid.
Former International S Subramani, now a member of ITE's staff, was one of the first to visit the club in September.
He said he hopes to share the values and cultivate the students so that "they will eventually learn and be a professional one day".
The two partners will also conduct social outreach programmes such as football training for youths in the community.
Beyond football, the academy will conduct lectures on sports management and provide industrial attachments.
Some 200 ITE College Central students will go through the programme annually, but there are plans to extend it to the other ITEs and to girls as well.
Dr Ang Kiam Wee, principal of ITE College Central, said: "We have to interest more girls in sports and running in the field. But currently, our plan is at least 25 percent of those participating will be girls. We are going to promote and get fifty percent..."
The academy said there have been talks between Singapore and the Real Madrid first team officials, and there is a possibility that the team or some of its players will head to Singapore ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.