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Calgary chosen as inaugural Canadian city to host Real Madrid Foundation soccer camp

The camp will take place from July 24-28 and will have space for 120 co-ed campers between ages 7 and 17

Children who participated in the Real Madrid Foundation's Campus Experience in Madrid last year. The camp will be hosting their inaugural Canadian camp in Calgary July 2017.

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Children who participated in the Real Madrid Foundation's Campus Experience in Madrid last year. The camp will be hosting their inaugural Canadian camp in Calgary July 2017.

This summer, Calgary kids will have the opportunity to “live and breathe the life of their favourite soccer stars” at the inaugural Canadian Real Madrid Foundation Campus Experience soccer camp.

Kris Hazari, communications director for Calgary based company Krakr Sports—who has partnered with the Real Madrid Foundation to bring the camp Calgary—said the camp is focused on more than just soccer. 

“It’s more than teaching kids to play soccer—it’s about living the life of a Real Madrid player, mentally and physically,” she said. “What does Cristiano Ronaldo do before practice? After practice? What are his health and nutrition needs? His mental preparedness?”

Hazari said professional coaches trained in the Real Madrid values will come to Calgary to lead the camp. 

“We believe that sport is important to a child’s life, not just for the physical but everything else they can learn,” she said. 

Ramon Mifflin, technical director for Calgary’s Southwest United soccer club, said it’s an excellent opportunity for Calgary players to see how “one of the top class clubs in the world” operates. 

“I think we’re always trying to keep up with the European and South American sides, so it would be a great opportunity and experience for youth players in Calgary to exposed to that,” he said.  

Hazari said the philosophy of the camp is based on the foundation’s five pillars: teamwork, leadership, hard work and self-control. 

As of right now, Hazari said it’s hard to say if any of the Real Madrid players will make a celebrity appearance due to ongoing changes in schedules—but it’s not totally out of the realm of possibility. 

“That’s not to say that it might be a possibility in a little while,” she said, adding that the foundation is the Real Madrid club’s way of giving back to give back and impart values inherent in sport as an educational tool.

The Real Madrid Foundation Campus Experience will host 120 co-ed campers between the ages of 7 and 17-years-old and will take place from July 24-28. 

Early-bird registration is open now, and will close at the end of the month. Visit campusexperiencermf.com/Calgary for more information.

Hazari said she hopes the camp will expand to other Canadian cities in coming years.

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