Rivers State Government, Real Madrid Sign Cooperation Ratification Agreement

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Real Madrid and Rivers State government have signed a cooperation ratification agreement for promotion of sports amongst children and youths at the Real Madrid Academy, Port Harcourt.

The agreement was signed over the weekend at the Auditorium of Real Madrid Sport City in Madrid, Spain. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on behalf of his government; Enrique Sanchez, the Executive Vice president of the Real Madrid Foundation and Jihad Saade, who is President of Interact Sports, jointly signed the agreement.

Speaking at the event, Governor Wike commended the Real Madrid Foundation and the Interact Sports for the opportunity given to Rivers State government to partner with Real Madrid Football Club in order to encourage Rivers’ youths to develop their talents and skill through sport.

He said the state government is pleased to ratify the agreement with Real Madrid Foundation and assured that everything has been done to fully kick-start the Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt.

Governor Wike, who was accompanied by the Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie  Ikpeazu and the Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor (SAN), explained that the initial intention was to admit only boys as students into the Real Madrid Academy.

However,  following the huge application received from prospective female students, the state government had to reconsider the policy.

“We had to include the girls. We are very ready to kick-start the school and we believe that this is a very good opportunity for our people,”  Governor Wike said.

“We are honoured to be identified with the Real Madrid, it is a good brand for us.”

Governor Wike reaffirmed his belief that sport is an important factor in social integration and in the promotion of ethical values such as solidarity, participation, team spirit, respect for one’s opponent and non-discrimination.

The Real Madrid Foundation maintained its resolve to continue to promote sport among children and youths in the understanding that sport contributes to the comprehensive development of a young person’s personality, offering positive alternatives to situations of risk and fostering healthy habits and ways of life amongst children and youths.

On his part, the President of Interact Sports, Jihad Saade, asserted that Interact Sport has been an active contributor to the dynamic transformation of Nigeria, moving forward without forgetting Nigeria’s rich culture and heritage.

The Real Madrid Foundation is the instrument by which Real Madrid uses to promote, both in Spain as well as abroad, the values inherent in sport, and the latter’s role as an educational tool capable of contributing to the comprehensive development of the personality of those who practice it.


Chidi Nwoke/The Guardian.

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