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The initiative is targeting boys and girls between 6-17 years of age. -File photo/White Star

KARACHI: Reigning La Liga champions Real Madrid are set to open football academies in Pakistan after a collaboration between Foundation Realmadrid (FRM) and Aman Sports, a subsidiary of the non-governmental organization, Aman Foundation.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two parties at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday which will initially lead to the establishment of two schools in Karachi, targeting boys and girls aged between 6 -17 years of age. The academies will have coaching facilities as well as state-of-the-art equipment.

Aman Sports, which aims to promote education through sports, will be setting up the academies in two of the biggest schools run by The Citizens Foundation (TCF).

“The FRM has a number of academies globally as well. We thought it (Real Madrid) would be suitable being one of the biggest club names in the world and it provides that magnetic pull,” Director of Aman Sports Faisal Mirza said while speaking to

The main idea is to get underprivileged children, especially those who do not have access to sports facilities, to go to school with the promise of a better sports environment – including professional coaching.

“There is absolutely no skill requirement, the kids will not be charged anything. Our basic requirement is that if you want access to these sports facilities, you need to be in school, “ Mirza added.

Aman Sports will be sending its coaches to Real Madrid to get further training and will be working on getting some of their coaches to come to Pakistan to provide training and workshops.

“We are excited to collaborate with Aman Foundation to implement our FRM model in Pakistan for the betterment of children through the power of sport,” said Real Madrid’s Sporting Director Miguel Pardeza after finalising the deal.

Comments (14) Closed

sohail Nov 15, 2012 09:28pm
Well thats very gratefull gesture for the enthusiastic Pakistanies Football players... we should to welcome them first and let establish their Institute here then we will be able to spread it nationwide...
sohail Nov 15, 2012 09:45pm
Brother Ali.. with have right to raise your Doubt or question but i suppose its too early to do it... dont you think it s kind of miracle lol that real Madrid...uhhhhhhhhhh...Giant club.... is getting interest in third world country which s unlikely/ unfortunately familiar with Extremisim and terrorisim...which s utterly untrue... we should not be unaware of Pakistani talent ( mostly God gifted) Imagin if Real madrid pick any of player from us for their club... Inshallah it will be... just need to be possitve rather than have suspicious ... May Allah Bless Pakistan ameen
shah Nov 15, 2012 05:22pm
Pakistan has got a raw talent in the game of soccer , the steps like this will definitely promote the game visa vis explore the talent.
Faran Rasheed Nov 16, 2012 04:56am
That's a good news!
muzzy Nov 15, 2012 07:27pm
Ehtisham, Wah Cantt Nov 15, 2012 06:14pm
It is a good initiative, i wish other leading clubs should also establish academies specially in Balochistan where people have more skills and craze to learn football.
N K Ali Nov 16, 2012 05:29am
Viva! Ole! Mubarak! Congratulations! This is the best news for today. Indeed it is, for me at least. The FRM, Aman and Citizens Foundation need to be given full co-operation and assistance by the PRIVATE CITIZENS and the PUBLIC AT LARGE. No government interference 'ET AL.' Salams
Rahim Nov 16, 2012 06:06pm
Indian comments banned. :(
ali Nov 15, 2012 04:34pm
good news, but academies should be independent from school. what about players of who are studying others, wont be able to get coaching that doesn't full fill the cause in true spirit.
Hasan Sadiq Nov 16, 2012 02:06pm
No TCF schools are made specially for low income families. What I know about these schools is that this is a very good model.
Aziz Laghari Nov 16, 2012 09:20am
Excellent News
saif Nov 16, 2012 09:46am
really excited
khan usafzai Nov 16, 2012 07:07am
Hala Madrid .... Real madrid i love ya even more now ...
Hello Nov 16, 2012 11:19am
and then they said the only requirement is the one who is studying at that school, Is the school is for riches ?