The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, will commission the Real Madrid Academy, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, tomorrow.
Governor Nyisom Wike of Rivers State had invited the Minister to unveil the institution which was earlier billed for commission last year, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The institute which will be run in partnership with Real Madrid Football Club of Spain is meant to nurture future stars by combining football with academics.
It will be free to all Rivers State children between ages 5 and 17 years who will constitute 70 percent of the school, while 30 percent would be opened to other states across the country.
The Football Academy was founded in 2019 by the Governor of Rivers State after securing the franchise to operate by the Real Madrid Foundation in 2019. The main objective of the Academy is to promote football values as a profession in Rivers State and Nigeria.
Governor Wike had subsequently appointed Barrister Green to oversee the takeoff of the Academy. Prior to this assignment, Green had served as the Chairman of the Technical and Development Committee of the NFF and Chairman of the Rivers State Football Association.