Real Madrid to open Mindanao sports academy

Posted at 10/18/2011 9:10 PM | Updated as of 10/19/2011 10:19 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The social service foundation of Spanish football giants Real Madrid will launch a social sports academy in the Philippines in November, the club's website announced Tuesday.

Officials of the Realmadrid Foundation are visiting the country to sign an agreement with local nongovernment organizations (NGO) to open a social and sports academy for youths in Mindanao.

The project is in collaboration with Fundacion Mapfre and NGO Anakk-Santa Cruz, according to Realmadrid Foundation.

It said that 70 poor but deserving youths under the age of 14 will benefit from the academy.

"The goal is to provide them with football formation as a means to promote a healthy lifestyle, to guarantee their scholarisation, and to them help find a decent job. They will also receive basic nourishment and will take part in programs to improve their education," the foundation said.

Local NGO Anakk-Santa Cruz will develop a basic education program for the youths while Fundacion Mapfre will help with volunteers for the sports academy.

The project will be fully unveiled in a briefing at the Instituto Cervantes in Manila Wednesday afternoon.

Real Madrid once had a player of Filipino blood, Eduardo Teus López-Navarro.

Teus was goalkeeper for Los Merengues from 1913 to 1918.

 He won 7 titles with Real Madrid, including a Copa del Rey (King's Cup).
 
Teus, who was born in Manila in 1896, also served as head coach of La Furia Roja, the Spanish national team, from 1941 to 1942.