Vigo, SPAIN, 29th January 2020
The primary school CEIP Ramón and Cajal in Vigo has been the scene of an event promoted by the Alcantara Family Foundation and the Celta Foundation.
Both entities have chosen this school to develop the Alcantara Team program in favor of 55 students of the school which, besides promoting their sports training, will gain personal and social skills to improve their condition as citizens tomorrow. Alcantara Team is an exclusive program of the Alcantara Family Foundation, formed by Rafinha and Thiago, together with his wife Julia, and the parents of both players, Mazinho and Valeria, which also provides healthy habits and guidelines for an ideal diet in every circumstance and moment.
They have chosen the school for its location and the students’ origins, who come from different social situations, some at risk of social exclusion, children of immigrants and refugees.
The president of the Celta Foundation, Germán Arteta, was the master of ceremony. After welcoming and referring to the event’s relevance, the president of Celta, Carlos Mouriño, thanked the Alcantara Family Foundation for this collaboration. On his behalf, Rafinha, who defends the Celta colors, mentioned his commitment not only to Celta and the city of Vigo but also to social causes such as ensuring that all children have access to sport with full guarantees of their formation in values. Rafinha and his Foundation believe that football offers life lessons in matters of self-knowledge, conflict resolution, and stress situations, and gender and communication treatment. The aim is to use these lessons to help them learn to make responsible and independent decisions in life.
Rafinha and his mother, Valeria, explained their project while Mazinho and Thiago were video-recorded specifically for the occasion. Then Rafinha shared what he and the children like best, the ball to play awhile and get to know each other a little more, as this was only the beginning of a long-lasting relationship with very interesting pedagogical purposes.
This was confirmed by Maria Jesus Mouriño, the center’s Head of Studies. From this February onwards, the students will take part in training sessions throughout the week according to their course and the timetables of the facilities. The reflective play and the acquisition of these skills do not alter the physical activity, as they are part of the exercises, games and training activities.