Building a lifelong project through football in Brazil

440 vulnerable young children and teenagers benefit from this program

440 vulnerable young children and teenagers benefit from this program 440 vulnerable young children and teenagers benefit from this program play

The Fundación Real Madrid works together with the Salesian missions, on the Escuelas Sociodeportivas project, which has received Fundación MAPFRE's backing since 2009. This program aims to contribute to the physical, cognitive, psychological and social development of young children in vulnerable communities in Niterói and São Paulo.

The two schools serve a total of 440 young children between 8 and 16 years old and run a sports program involving 11-player football, basketball and five-a-side football during the entire season (from February to December), coinciding with the school year in Brazil.

In addition to sporting activities, they also offer socio-educational and recreational workshops, lunches and nutritional guidance, with activities such as crafts, reading and writing workshops and IT, arts and dance workshops.

The project also aims to promote closer relationships between family members by inviting families to take part in the activities and following up on these families to see how they are doing.

The center's social worker is available from Monday to Saturday, for whenever the family members might need her, in order to give them guidance on how to manage their welfare benefits, and, where necessary, direct them towards the area of healthcare, social services, education, help with basic documentation, etc.

The Fundación Real Madrid works to preserve and maintain the historical heritage of the club, to foster the values inherent in sport as their main asset, to encourage comprehensive children and young people's education and bring about the social inclusion of vulnerable populations. Since the first school was created in Argentina in 2003, the foundation's work has grown considerably and it currently has 261 schools in more than 72 countries on five continents where more than 33,986 children and young people from at-risk backgrounds benefit from their work.