Real Madrid to establish sports schools in Pakistan

Published: November 15, 2012

FRM was established in 1997 to service the disadvantaged through the power of sport. PHOTO: REAL MADRID FOUNDATION

The Real Madrid Foundation (FRM) signed an MoU with a Pakistani NGO yesterday at the Santiago Bernabeu. PHOTO: REAL MADRID FOUNDATION FRM was established in 1997 to service the disadvantaged through the power of sport. PHOTO: REAL MADRID FOUNDATION

The Real Madrid Foundation (FRM), an NGO established by Spanish football giants Real Madrid, signed an MoU with a Pakistani NGO yesterday at the Santiago Bernabeu which will see FRM establish their social sports school model in Pakistan.

The project will kick off with two schools in Karachi that will comprise 400 boys and girls aged six to 17. Foreign coaches from Spain will also visit Pakistan to train local coaches. In addition, students with disabilities will receive specialised care.

“We are excited about the implementation of our FRM model in Pakistan for the betterment of children through the power of sport,” said Real Madrid’s Sporting Director Miguel Pardeza.

FRM was established in 1997 to service the disadvantaged through the power of sport.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Naeem
    Nov 15, 2012 - 7:48PM

    Hope the NGO on our side don’t make money out of this great initiative! The children from grassroots level should be given the opportunity and priority! Maybe those kids are working to support their family. Those kids have great talent!

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  • Rafiq
    Nov 15, 2012 - 7:48PM

    Good News!! But they should set up one in Lahore as well. CM of Punjab should take initiative in it and I am sure if he takes interest, he can do it. To me he is looking after Lahore youth pretty well.

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  • Pessimist
    Nov 15, 2012 - 7:58PM

    This is a very good initiative. Pakistan has a lot of raw talent when it comes to football. I hope these schools help in identifying some potential stars for our country. My only concern is that it may be too over priced for the common man.

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  • Fauzan Naeem
    Nov 15, 2012 - 8:08PM

    Definitely the right move.
    It’s a win-win in terms of progress for the sport, as well as monetary terms.

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  • Lahori
    Nov 15, 2012 - 8:17PM

    For some reason I feel that we have had enough bashing and the days are near when all these newspapers and websites will be full of good news from Pakistan

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  • ss
    Nov 15, 2012 - 8:23PM

    Great, these schools should be established in Lyari.

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  • Adnan
    Nov 15, 2012 - 8:35PM

    @Lahori:

    Yes but then ET will fold because it will have nothing to report on Pakistan!

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  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    Nov 15, 2012 - 9:26PM

    Please send some female RM coaches atleast this will help me focus on balls ;)

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  • Junaid Ejaz
    Nov 15, 2012 - 9:32PM

    feels so happy with this move by the world’s no.1 football club, i hope this school will never face any problem like terrorist threats, because my dream is to watch pakistan football team playing in world cup. I hope this school will produce players like Messi , Ronaldo and Ziddane.. Best of luck from the football fan of pakistan …Recommend

  • lol
    Nov 15, 2012 - 10:19PM

    footbomb

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  • shahid
    Nov 15, 2012 - 10:31PM

    Please don’t disgrace our country by fighting on the locations of school. Thank you Real Madrid For your noble deed. Hope it will reenforce Belief in oneness of humanity and bring people closer.

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  • Adnan Ayub Ali
    Nov 15, 2012 - 10:59PM

    Congratulation for this great land mark wish you good luck and my good wishes to this organization are always with this noble Organization. It will help to promote football in the country.

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  • saeed
    Nov 15, 2012 - 11:25PM

    @Rafiq…Give a warm thank you to Imran khan…it is only because of him that youth is getting such attention first time in the history of Pakistan…have you seen PML N doing this all in there previous governments…also why there was no youth festival..laptop distribution and other initiatives before 30th October Lahore jalsa of PTI..can you remind me of any such thing before all this….wake up and joint the revolution..

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  • Jawad-Ul-Hassan
    Nov 15, 2012 - 11:28PM

    Greatttt…

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  • Syed
    Nov 15, 2012 - 11:34PM

    Thank You Read Madrid!!!

    I just saw a clip of Dawn News that Saudi Arabia and UAE invest $10,000,000 into deoband/wahabi madarassas per year. I wish these countries invest in helping pakistan become a better country but afsos they want to do the total opposite.

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  • Kamran
    Nov 16, 2012 - 9:49AM

    Why not one in Islamabad? Hussain wants it here!

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  • MUKHTAR ALI
    Nov 16, 2012 - 11:04AM

    it is good for PAKISTAN.Thaaank you REAL MADRID.

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  • HH
    Nov 16, 2012 - 11:44AM

    GREATTTT!!!!!

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  • Thefuture
    Nov 16, 2012 - 12:18PM

    Firstly, this has nothing to do with IK….he may be a great leader but this venture is not his vision nor is it his efforts…….secondly, there may be justified skeptics regarding NGOs in Pakistan but Aman Foundation is one of the few who are truly transparent, professional and slowly making a difference to the under-served population of our country….

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  • Nida
    Nov 16, 2012 - 12:34PM

    @ Saeed and Rafiq: this has nothing to do with Imran Khan or any political party for that matter, it is an initiative taken by the Aman Foundation and any credit is due to the Foundation, its trustees, and its team.

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  • Thefuture
    Nov 16, 2012 - 1:03PM

    This initiative is meant to target the bottom of the social pyramid reaching out to those who need it the most!

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  • Voice of Baloch
    Nov 16, 2012 - 5:55PM

    Go LYARI!! :D

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  • uzair
    Nov 16, 2012 - 9:18PM

    It will probably open in Defence or in KPT Ground, Because of the situations in KHI.

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  • Uaahmed
    Nov 16, 2012 - 11:42PM

    do you honestly think Imran khan has anything to do with this??

    this has been in the pipeline since 2008 , grow a pair, this is an initiative by the aman foundation, please give credit where credit is due

    and do not try to hijack this for your own political masala, IK has nothing to do with this,

    i tried to invite him many times, but apparently he doesnt have time to actually come and do something good for the country , he is too busy in arranging dummy Tsunamis, and supervising photoshopped photos and recruiting countless Hijackers to take up the works of others in to his own name

    aman foundation is a not for profit trust, has no connections to mr IK, please get your facts straight

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  • Nov 17, 2012 - 12:59PM

    this is a good news for us may be we are the next generation of real madrid hala madrid hala pakistan…. The Cr uxman is comming ;) !!!

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  • abdul rehman
    Nov 26, 2012 - 12:50PM

    When the school will be open

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  • Maaz
    Jan 6, 2013 - 12:09PM

    Great! but why not in Lahore and Islamabad too!!??

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