Salesians in Tanzania Partner with Spanish Football Entity in Value-based Youth Training

Credit: Salesian Missions

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Tanzania are partnering with Real Madrid Foundation, the social arm of the Spanish Football Club, Real Madrid, to provide young people in the East African nation with value-based training and socio-sporting skills.

A report published Tuesday, October 25 indicates that over 100 youth aged between nine and 17 years have benefitted from the project that is being realized at Don Bosco Oysterbay Vocational Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

“Since 2019, 180 youth from Don Bosco Oysterbay Vocational Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, have been receiving values-based training through sport thanks to a partnership between Real Madrid Foundation and the Salesian Missions Office in Madrid, Spain,” SDB officials are quoted as saying in the report. 

Training sessions that have already been realized have sought to equip the participants with knowledge based on Real Madrid Foundation’s educational philosophy and methodology under the theme, “For a REAL education: values and sport”. 

Topics such as health, hygiene, values, and the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse have been discussed during the training sessions, the Salesian officials say.


In the report, SDB officials say that they, alongside the leadership of Real Madrid Foundation, are aware of the importance of sports in "social integration and the promotion of values like teamwork, communication, respect, and team spirit.” 

Participants in the Dar es Salaam initiative also receive nutrition, family and psychological support, and regular health checkups, Salesians further say, adding that beneficiaries of the initiative “have the opportunity to participate in social and educational workshops, gymnastics, crafts, reading, and citizenship activities.”

In the October 25 report, the Director of Salesian Missions, the U.S development arm of the SDB, is quoted lauding sports initiatives, saying they "teach youth both on and off the field”.

“Learning and playing team sports encourage leadership skills as well as teach youth to work as part of a team. Students also learn important social skills and have opportunities for growth and maturity,” says Fr. Gus Baek.

The partnership that uses educational sport and its values as a catalyst for the social betterment of youth and communities had its first social-sports school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, SDB officials say in the October 25 report.

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Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.