Five Real Madrid coaches are set to visit Guernsey to tutor over 300 children from around the Channel Islands as part of a summer football clinic sponsored by Carey Olsen.
The initiative was first brought to the island by Romanillos & Cook Image Rights and has been made possible by the involvement of the Guernsey Football Association, the GFC soccer school and Carey Olsen. Places for the five day event were priced at £85 and sold out within days of the event being announced.
The Real Madrid Foundation Summer Soccer Clinic will cover key technical areas of the game as well as safety and teamwork skills in sessions for children aged 6 – 11 and 12 -15. The clinic will reflect the key principles of the existing GFC Soccer School programme and the GFA High Performance Player Pathway which aim to use football to aid the social, technical and personal development of all young players in Guernsey.
The sessions will run from Monday 21 July to Friday 25 July at Memorial Field at Footes’ Lane. Participants will also receive a full Real Madrid kit and a football from the team. At the end of the week the players and their families will be invited to attend a barbeque with the organisers and coaches to celebrate the achievements and opportunities presented by the clinic.
Real Madrid is the current title holder of the Copa del Rey, the Spanish equivalent of the FA Cup, as well as the Champions League winners.
Carey Olsen Managing Partner John Greenfield said: “We are working with the GFA and GFC Soccer School to organise the week’s event and Friday party, and to provide supplies and volunteers for the clinic. This is a very special opportunity for young Channel Islanders to train with highly experienced coaches. Supporting this initiative allows us to encourage teamwork in what will be a great week for all involved.”
GFC Soccer School head coach, Tony Vance, said: “It was crucial to us that this was an opportunity that would be open to as many children in the Bailiwick as possible. Carey Olsen’s support for this exciting initiative helps us keep the costs down and ensure it remains accessible.”
GFA Director of Youth Development, Steve Sharman, added: “This is an unprecedented opportunity for children in Guernsey to receive a high level of coaching and we have already had an overwhelming response from children and their parents. We hope to use a passion for football to teach children important skills that will help them advance not just as players but also as individuals.”