Game For Life Goes To Spain

Singapore , 23 Aug 2014

Leadership Development Department (LDD) recently visited the Spanish High Council For Sports and University of Alicante, Spain, between 29 June to 7 July. The visit to Spanish High Council For Sports was kindly coordinated by Mr Sergio Cervantes Martinez, Project Director,  Real Madrid Technical Academy Singapore.

The visit forms part of a collaboration to co-design and co-facilitate Game For Life (GFL) - Train The Trainer (TTT) workshops for a team of researchers, coaches, sport administrators and physical educators as part of a research study by the University of Alicante to analyse the integration of a physical activity framework into its existing sports curriculum on Positive Youth Development (PYD). This collaboration came about when its research project manager, Dr. Federico Carreres, recognised the GFL framework as a possible physical activity framework for the intervention project.

This resulted in valuable opportunities to connect with key stakeholders of sport clubs and educational institutions (e.g., Universidad European de Madrid (UEM) – Real Madrid Graduate School, Valencia Football Club).

There were favourable and strategic outcomes from these visits for SportSG, namely possible collaboration opportunities with our Spanish counterpart, clubs and higher institutes of learning:



Spanish High Council for Sports

Meeting with Spanish High Council for Sport

  • Meeting with leadership from council (Ms. Ana Munoz Merino, Director General, Mr. Jose Luis Terreros Blanco, Deputy Head) to discuss collaboration
  • Guided tour around facilities with Spanish High Council for Sports

University of Alicante

Signing with university of Alicante

  • Meeting with University Vice-President of International Relations (Prof. Dr. Juan Llopis) andVice President of Research, Development and Innovation (Prof. Dra. Amparo Navarro Faure) toestablish formal partnership
  • Conducted GFL TTT for 10 Researchers andthereafter, co-designed and co-facilitated GFL workshop for remaining coaches & teachers

European University -  Real Madrid School (UEM – Real Madrid)

Real Madrid University

  • Meeting with University Management where theypresented the university’s directions and objectives and explored collaboration opportunities with SportSG

Real Madrid Technical Academy Singapore

Real Madrid University

  • Meeting with representatives of Real Madrid Academy (Mr.Sergio, Mr. Luis and Mr. Carlos) to explore collaboration

Valencia FC

Meeting with Valencia CF


  • Meeting with Director General, Luis Cervera Torres and Gloval Academy General, Rufete to explore collaboration

La Nucia Club (Awarded as European Town of Sport 2013)

Lanucia group


  • Meeting with Coordinator General, Mr. Fernando Muro Gonzalez to learn about their club setup

Since GFL's official launch in Singapore last May, LDD has partnered five schools - Evergreen Secondary, Admiralty Primary, Shuqun Secondary, St Hilda’s Secondary and Ngee Ann Polytechnic in training another 120 schools in the use and application of the GFL toolkit for sports and PE programmes. By bringing the GFL toolkit to Spain, the LDD team has recognised the versatility and the ‘plug and play’ functionality of the framework in sports programmes not just in the local but also the international context.

What Spanish Coaches & Educators say about GFL

“It was better than I expected, because designing the lessons give me more confidence and now I feel more comfortable to see the connection between objectives – values – behaviors – and sport activities.”

“The most important action now is to transfer the values of our club, to all staff as we saw in the “Hierarchy of Choice” because if we do it, we will achieve better results."


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