KAMPALA Through the agreement with the Xcalibur Foundation, 160 children at risk of social exclusion in Kampala will be able to benefit from football and values
The Real Madrid Foundation and the Xcalibur Foundation have recently reached a collaboration agreement aimed at establishing the first social sports school in Uganda. Enrique Sánchez, executive vice-president of the Real Madrid Foundation, and María José Toro Sánchez, president of the Xcalibur Foundation, formalised the agreement during an event attended by Real Madrid ambassador Álvaro Arbeloa.
The Real Madrid Foundation have come to Kampala City to provide support to 160 children between 6 and 16 years of age from the Naguru Katali primary school, situated in a settlement where the inhabitants do not have access to basic services such as access to drinking water, shelter, health care and education.
In partnership with the Xcalibur Foundation and with the support of MTN Uganda, the project is being run by the local NGO Youth Sport Uganda (YSU), with the objective of providing social and educational opportunities for the children, centred on the main values of personal growth, making use of sport as a pedagogical and motivational instrument.
The project also has the full support of the Ugandan government, provided through the Ministry of Education and Sport, with which the Xcalibur Foundation has entered into a collaboration agreement.
Arbeloa commented: “With this social sports school which brings together football values with a comprehensive educational programme, the children will become drivers of change in their environment, and the most important thing is this future projection: to change lives using sport”. María José Toro Sánchez expressed her gratitude and excitement at a project that will encourage “commitment at school to facilitate access to formal education and in the social values of respect, equality, hygiene… Hopefully it will be the first of many that we can develop together”.