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Spain’s RMF/ The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation host Dynamic Coaching Workshop



The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation | 2016-06-09 00:00:00

The Real Madrid Foundation (RMF) - the instrument through which the Real Madrid Football Club develops social and cultural awareness programs aimed at giving back to society - in association with The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SJF), recently held a three-day training program for Jamaican coaches at the Naz Children’s Centre in Rose hall, Montego Bay.

Some 24 coaches from schools and community-based organizations in St. James, St. Ann and Hanover attended, and gathered strategies for increasing the social integration of children and young people, through sport. They also learned how to plan and execute effective training sessions using tactical and technical devices, and were given the opportunity to put these skills into practice by interacting on the field with over 24 young students of varying ages from the Naz Children’s Centre.

Although specifically intended for the coaches of the SJF- run Real Madrid Foundation’s Football School for Social Integration (RMFFSSI), who benefit from ongoing updates and professional development; the invitation was extended to include the additional coaches at no cost. The sessions were highly interactive with new methodologies imparted for use in the wide cross section of schools, clubs and organizations.

The RMF has oversight for approximately 349 projects worldwide which are focused on imparting positive values to young people from challenging socio-economic backgrounds.  Many of these projects use the sport of football and basketball as the medium through which respect, team work, discipline, and other values are taught.

Coach of the SJF-run RMFFSSI, and former goalkeeper of the Reggae Boys, Aaron Lawrence, described the training as “Great! It was very refreshing and generally well-received. The new methodologies taught regarding coaching, especially of youngsters, were very applicable. We have learned a lot, and having these trainings to enhance coaching abilities is very useful.”

In the words of the RMF trainer, Ignacio Abascal, “Being able to share these three days with professionals from Jamaica was a pleasure. The course was about giving them some new tools and strategies that Real Madrid Foundation tries to teach through our philosophy and methodology of training across our social sports schools all over the world. I hope that it was helpful for them and that they leave this training with some new experiences added to the ones they have already experienced and, as better coaches.”

SJF Project Manager, Vanessa Meggoe, shared, “All the coaches were receptive and attentive. There was genuine interest in the techniques being taught. There was positive interaction with the children from the Centre, a few of whom have learning challenges. We are grateful to the Real Madrid Foundation for its ongoing training and empowerment programs and to the Naz Children’s Centre for accommodating us.”

The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SJF), founded in 2006, is a collaborative effort of a number of Spanish companies with current investments in Jamaica. The main objective is to strengthen the friendship between Spain and Jamaica. The SJF stages and supports educational, cultural, environmental and health-based community development initiatives. The RMFFSSI is one of its ongoing upliftment projects, with 31 disadvantaged children registered.

The Executive Board comprises the Ambassador of Spain to Jamaica, as Honorary President, and Spanish groups: RIU, Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, Secrets Resorts and Spas, Grand Palladium, Grand Bahía Principe, Excellence Group, Hospiten, Global Exchange.




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