José Bogas and Rafael Nadal in the new center of the Rafa Nadal Foundation in San Fermín (Madrid)
(28-4-2022) Rafa Nadal today inaugurated the Rafa Nadal Foundation Center in Madrid, a new project of the tennis player’s foundation, which has become a reality in the San Fermín neighborhood and has had the collaboration of the City Council of Madrid, Construye Capital and Endesa.
The Rafa Nadal Foundation takes another step forward in its history with the creation of a new Rafa Nadal Foundation Center in the Spanish capital. The new center is located in the San Fermín neighbourhood, Usera district, in the south of Madrid and will be able to serve around 100 minors and their families at risk of social exclusion through sports, educational and psychosocial support activities.
The Rafa Nadal Foundation has been developing this same project for nine years in Palma de Mallorca and for almost four in Valencia. In both cities, the intervention is carried out in disadvantaged areas and at risk of social exclusion, serving more than 400 boys and girls a year.
The center of Madrid is located in the facilities of the San Fermín Library, the nerve center of the neighborhood and very close to the facilities of the Caja Mágica, where they have a designated space where sports activities are carried out with minors.
The project responds to the needs identified in the face of the social crisis arising from the pandemic and has been fully financed by Endesa’s Public Responsibility Plan for Covid 19, once again demonstrating the energy company’s commitment to the fight against social and economic effects of the pandemic.
Present at the opening ceremony were Rafael Nadal, founding patron, Jose Luís Martínez-Almeida, Mayor of Madrid, Begoña Villacís, Deputy Mayor of Madrid, and José Bogas, CEO of Endesa, the program’s main partner company.
FOR FAMILIES IN A VULNERABILITY SITUATION
María Francisca Perelló, director of the Rafa Nadal Foundation, an entity with a history of more than eleven years, has been excited about this new project, which is already underway and in which the foundation is committed to joining forces in the neighborhood of San Fermín to offer equal opportunities to minors and families in vulnerable situations through sports, education and psychosocial care.
Rafael Nadal himself thanked the neighborhood for the good reception of the project and highlighted the support of Endesa, the main ally in this project in the city of Madrid. In addition, he has cited the Madrid City Council and the company Construye Capital as facilitators so that this new program can be carried out in the best facilities and conditions.