A Field Trip For Dani

30 Jan

_he25710thumbOur injured defender took some time out to visit the kiddies at the RM foundation school in his hometown of Leganés.


Carvajal pays visit to pupils at the Foundation’s school in Leganés
by Alberto Navarro | Photographer: Helios De La Rubia

“I’m working hard to get back”, declared the youth-team graduate, who generated great excitement amongst the youngsters from his native Leganés.

Dani Carvajal took some time out to visit students at the Real Madrid Foundation’s socio-sporting school for integration in Leganés, a centre which has now been open for five years and is attended by almost a hundred youngsters. The Whites’ youth-team product, for whom this visit marked a return to his hometown, took his place alongside the mayor of Leganés, Santiago Llorente; the commercial director for the CaixaBank for the Fuenlabrada area, José Manuel Lorenzo; the commercial director for CaixaBank for the Getafe area, Israel Alonso; and the head of the Real Madrid Foundation’s socio-sporting schools, Rafael García Cortés.

When quizzed about how his recovery from injury is going, Carvajal commented: “I’m working hard to get back and I’m in with the therapist this week, initially without the ball and then with it. If everything goes to plan, I’ll be back and training with the rest of the squad by next Tuesday”.

An important win
“Yesterday’s was an important game and we got a crucial win. It was a weekend when our closest rivals had dropped points and we managed to increase the gap on all three of them. It’s now time to rest up and prepare for Sunday’s game in Vigo, which is like a cup final”.

“It’s special to see the excitement on the childrens’ faces and being able to share in that excitement with people from your own city is really great. Instilling values which are at the heart of Real Madrid, such as teamwork, is something that needs to be done”.

Santiago Llorente: “Carvajal is a role model”
The mayor of Leganés insisted that Carvajal “is a role model for thousands of boys and girls from Leganés, who can see that with effort and determination you can achieve whatever you set out to”. Meanwhile, Lorenzo noted that: “It is important to work as a team whilst respecting the following core values: enthusiasm, respect, generosity, commitment, confidence and humility”.

Football as a learning tool
For the fifth successive campaign, the link-up between the Real Madrid Foundation and La Caixa’s social outreach projects focuses on instilling values through sport. This project is enabling nearly 100 boys and girls from Leganés – who have been selected by the local council’s Social Services and Sports department – to enjoy football as a vehicle to learning about the key values of social harmony, whilst contributing to the all-round training of the individual.

The team returns to training tomorrow behind closed doors. Next up is Celta on Sunday.

– Lozil

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