SEK International School El Castillo and Real Madrid CF have reached an agreement to extend their academic and training partnership a further three years. This renewal will prolong the relationship between the school and the Madrid club, which has lasted for 20 years.
SEK-El Castillo will continue as Real Madrid’s academic partner to ensure the schooling of its athletes from its football and basketball youth academy. In addition, the School will continue to manage the boarding services for its residence in Valdebebas, where the youth squads stay.
For Eloísa López, Principal at SEK-El Castillo School, this agreement means “the continuity of a relationship that demonstrates the importance of the partnership between education and sport. We are very proud to have the trust of Real Madrid to educate their athletes, as we have been doing for so many years, and their commitment to our educational model. Our school considers sport and its values as a fundamental part of education, which is why we promote and encourage sport among our entire Educational Community and offer special support to sporting professionals”.
A relationship spanning 20 years
Since 2000, over 300 students from the Real Madrid youth academy have attended the classrooms of SEK-El Castillo, ranging from year six Primary to year two Baccalaureate.
Several Real Madrid players, both from the football and basketball teams, have attended SEK-El Castillo’s classrooms. Several of them now play for the first eleven, like many others over the past two decades. Other former Real Madrid students who learnt at our school now play in the NBA.
A hundred-year tradition linked to sport
SEK Education Group, to which SEK-El Castillo belongs, has a century-old history tied to sport.
In 1987 the Group was given the Joaquín Blume National Prize for Sport and in 2010 the award was given to University Camilo José Cela (UCJC). The University was also presented with the Spanish Olympic Committee Prize.
The University Camilo José Cela Marqués Samaranch Olympic Chair, founded by the International Olympic Committee’s President of Honour, strives to contribute to the promotion and development of the Olympic movement.
SEK Education Group has also offered the SEK International Sports Academy scheme since 2015, one-of-its-kind in Spain, enabling elite student athletes from schools and universities to combine their studies and sports training in tailored programmes. The scheme offers all-round sporting, academic and personal development.
Currently, SEK International Sports Academy offers tennis, golf, football, equestrian sports, handball, swimming, winter sports, padel tennis and track and field, among others. Seven UCJC students competed at the Rio Olympics. A total of 66 students from SEK-El Castillo and 156 from UCJC are taking part in this scheme, 26 of them are HLA (High Level Athletes) and 18 are HPA (High Performance Athletes).
The SEK Group invests over 2 million euros annually in sports scholarships and in promoting sport.