Real Madrid to set up training school in Ishigaki

Real Madrid to set up training school in Ishigaki

On August 31, at Soccer Park Akanma, Manuel Pareno Rodriguez presented a team uniform signed by Real Madrid's top players to Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama.


September 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 31, the Ishigaki Municipal Office announced that the Real Madrid Foundation (RMF) has moved to set up a football academy in Ishigaki. The foundation will be established by Real Madrid, which is a powerful football club in the Spanish first division, and this academy will become the first permanent training school belonging to the club in Japan.

That the same day, RMF academy project manager Manuel Pareno Rodriguez visited the site that it will use as a base, Soccer Park Akanma, and discussed opening the school in November. The academy mainly instructs elementary school pupils, but will consider accepting children of junior high school age or above.

Toshiaki Imai has been appointed as the head coach. He has served as the coach of the Sudanese U-17 and U-20 national teams, the Chinese Taipei national team, the Waseda University team, and the Japanese first division team Kawasaki Frontale. Imai will instruct children with coaches who will be employed.

The RMF has selected Ishigaki as the place to establish the school because a person involved in the RMF lives in Ishigaki, and the island is home to one of the nation’s popular football grounds. Rodriguez said, “There is a wonderful environment here for us. We would like to promote the methods of Real Madrid from here.”

Ishigaki Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama, said, “I hope that the children of Ishigaki become Real Madrid players in future.”

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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