Sports minister commissions Real Madrid Academy Ph Tuesday

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Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, will on Tuesday commission Real Madrid Academy, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, had invited the minister to unveil the institution which was earlier billed to be commissioned last year, but had to be postponed  due to  the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

The academy will be free to all Rivers State indigenous  intakes who will constitute  70 per cent  of the school, while 30 per cent will be opened to persons of other states across the country.

The academy is in partnership with Real Madrid Football Club  of Spain meant to nurture  future  stars by combining  football with  academics.

The academy is open to kids between  ages 5- 17 years.

Real Madrid signed an agreement with the Rivers State government  to provide technical assistance  to the  academy.

The Real Madrid Football Academy Port Harcourt was founded in 2019 by the Governor of Rivers State having been given the franchise to operate by the Real Madrid Foundation.

The main objective of the academy is to promote football  values as a profession in Rivers State and  Nigeria.

The Real Madrid Football Academy Ph is an educational tool geared towards contributing to the comprehensive development of the personality of youths by creating jobs and wealth.

The governor of Rivers State appointed  Barrister Green to oversee and actualise the setting  up of the academy.

Prior to this assignment,  Green had served as the chairman of the Technical and Development Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, and chairman  of the Rivers State Football Association.