The perfect end to another unforgettable Endavant Igualtat season. The Estadio de la Cerámica hosted the end-of-season party for Endavant Igualtat, an initiative which sees charity centres across Castellón take part, alongside teams from the Yellows Academy.
On the Estadio de la Cerámica pitch there were a number of games, such as the Yellows Academy challenge, an inflatable 3v3 pitch, a blow-up goal, a target and karaoke and music throughout the day. Afterwards, there was a handover of commemorative shirts with Villarreal CF vice-president José Manuel Llaneza, and a final lunch for the 300 participants in the event. In total, during the 2018/19 season, ten centres formed part of Endavant Igualtat, working alongside their respective Yellows Academy teams.
The Yellows Academy has continued backing Villarreal CF's charity arm. Because of that, the club introduced the Endavant Igualtat initiative in the 2015/16. Unprecedented in Spain, each youth team from the academy's 11-a-side outfits worked with a special centre in the Castellón province.
The club's Psychology and Methodology Departments believe there is a clear way forward for educating and helping youth footballers: to help users of these centres in their personal development, with a social sensitivity according to others' needs and difficulties, and to share their experiences with them. This exchange of values helps and favours growth for both parties.
The initiative consists in carrying out activities working together throughout the season, with meetings both at the centres, as well as at Villarreal's facilities. When possible, members from the centres go to games to cheer on their teams at the Villarreal CF Training Ground (Ciudad Deportiva).