LAHORE-Real Madrid are all set to launch their first ever football camp in Pakistan as they will hold five-day football club camp here at Model Town Football Academy (MTFA) on December 27, 2016 which will conclude on 31st.

Director of Real Madrid Foundation Jaoquin Sagues, who had come from Spain to promote football and establish first ever football campus in Lahore, said: “The main objective of the project is to promote football activity in Pakistan. Cricket is the only sports which is popular in Pakistan while football is always neglected here.”

“Real Madrid Foundation trainers and coaches will travel from Spain to Pakistan to train children from age 7 to 17. The registrations for the camp are now open,” he added.

Jaoquin said: “Over the past five years, the Real Madrid Foundation has held football camps across over four continents through which they have engaged more than 30,000 children. Through its soccer camps, they help children appreciate other cultures and build their soccer abilities. The camps are both recreational and educational, focusing on soccer skills as well as individual and social development.”

Later talking to The Nation, Jaoquin said basically Pakistan was one of those countries where football was being neglected. “There are a lot of talented children but the only thing they don’t have is platform. We are delighted to announce the first ever football club Real Madrid Foundation campus experience in Pakistan where we believe the passion for football is big. Through this foundation, we aim to provide children an opportunity to learn the game of football and the values inherent in sport,” he said.

The official host and rights holder of the Foundation Real Madrid Campus Experience in Pakistan is Q Sports, a Qatar based sports management firm, which has successfully organized the camp in Qatar in 2014 and 2015.

CEO of Q Sports Adil Ahmed has said that the practice of sports is essential for the integral growth of children. “We hope that the campus bring a much needed boost to promote football in Pakistan. It is a magnificent chance to learn from the world renowned and prestigious Spanish football club Real Madrid, one of the greatest football clubs in the world,” he added.