Real Madrid to build academy in Jamaica

Updated: 30 June 2007 06:31 IST

Nine-time European club champion Real Madrid intends to help build a training academy for youngsters in a western Jamaican parish, a team official said.

Real Madrid to build academy in Jamaica
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Nine-time European club champion Real Madrid intends to help build a training academy for youngsters in a western Jamaican parish, a team official said.

The academy will focus on children 7-to-15 years old, according to Carlos Abella, Director General of the Real Madrid Foundation.

He said much of the money to build the facility will come from several Spanish companies, including Iberostar.

Former Jamaican national team goalkeeper Aaron Lawrence will manage the training academy, which is to be built in Rose Hall, a tourist community in rural St James parish.

The statement did not say when construction was expected to start.

"The academy will improve Jamaica's soccer," said Burchell Gibson, spokesman of the Jamaican Football Federation.

Topics : Football Real Madrid
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