In a bid to facilitate the development of football in state, River State Governor, Nyesom Wike signed a ratification agreement with Spanish football giant, Real Madrid for the development of Real Madrid Academy, Port Harcourt into an international football academy.
The signature of the ratification Protocol was executed by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and the Executive Vice President of Real Madrid Football Club Foundation , Enrique Sanchez at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of Real Madrid Football Club.
In his address, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said that the State Government is preparing the Real Madrid Academy as a veritable pathway for the empowerment of Rivers Children.
He said that in establishing the Real Madrid Academy, the Rivers State Government took into consideration the culture and reality of the state.
“Taking the interest of our youths, the Real Madrid Academy is designed for culture and holistic programmes with a comprehensive package for the acquisition of high level knowledge in a comfortable and inspiring environment “, he said.
Executive Vice President of Real Madrid Football Club Foundation , Enrique Sanchez commended the Rivers State Government for its commitment to using football as a tool to empower youths.
He assured the Rivers State Government that the Real Madrid Foundation will continue to partner with it for the training and exposure of Rivers Children.
Sanchez said that the partnership with the Rivers State Government will be expanded to include local schools in Rivers State.
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