Real Madrid affiliate to open soccer school in Ginowan

A Japanese soccer school management company affiliated with Spain’s Soccer Club Fundacion Real Madrid, is planning to open a soccer school for youngsters in Ginowan.

Kohei Masuda, the head of Global Football Management Corp. that manages football schools in Japan with a licensing agreement with Real Madrid, held a press conference on Jan. 23rd at a local newspaper company Okinawa Times, and officially announced that his company would open the new school in Ginowan, Apr. 1st.

The Ginowan City sports field in Mashiki, Ginowan City, will become the school’s main training venue. The school is planning to accept 200 children between ages 5 and 15, both boys and girls, for its training program. The GFM operates an existing school in Ishigaki City opened in Nov. 2012 that will be integrated into the new school.

Gorka Otaegui, an official at Fundacion Real Madrid in Spain, who is expected to serve as the interim coach until May, said, “Children in Okinawa are talented and have the speed and flexibility. I want them to learn the tactics of Real Madrid, and I’m looking forward to their future success.”

Fundacion Real Madrid manages about 80 soccer schools in more than 40 countries across the world. In Japan, there are five schools in Tokyo, Yokohama, Chiba, Nagoya and Okinawa.