Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Real Madrid Foundation to sign MOA on training program for Filipino booters & coaches


            The Foundation of the top football club Real Madrid will conduct ”rolling” football clinics in all 16 regions of the Philippines under a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Real Madrid Foundation (RMF) and the PinoySports Foundation to be signed in a ceremony in Madrid, Spain on September 17, 2015.  

At the signing ceremony, the Real Madrid Foundation is represented by Foundation VP Enrique Sánchez, and Real Madrid’s director of institutional relations and former football star Emilio Butragueño.

Former Senate & UP President Edgardo J. Angara is signing for the PinoySports Foundation as its Chair and Kevin L. Tan, Executive Director of Alliance Global Inc. as Trustee.  The ceremony will be attended by Philippine Ambassador to Spain Carlos Salinas and Mariano Araneta, President of the Philippine Football Federation. 

“Clinics by Real Madrid Foundation coaches will introduce the world’s most popular sport to more Filipino youth and widen their football participation in the beautiful sport,” said Angara, who initiated the talks with the famous football club and its Foundation.  

Ambassador Salinas remarked its noteworthy that Real Madrid Foundation has chosen to assist Filipino youth for the important bond between Spain and Philippines.

The clinics will ultimately cover all 16 regions. The inaugural clinics consist of 3 visiting coaches mentoring 18 coaches and 180 students from Metro Manila (NCR), and 6 coaches and 60 students from Baler, Aurora (Region III).   The goal is for similar “rolling” training clinics to be held in the other regions. 

Andrew Tan of Alliance Global Inc. is the principal sponsor hosting the clinics at its McKinley Hill Stadium at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Such coaching program of Real Madrid Foundation-led training programs have been conducted in Japan and China, and the clinics for the Philippines will be of national scope. 

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