LaLiga clubs rise up to challenge in the fight against COVID-19

MADRID: Every gesture, however small it may seem, is important when fighting a global pandemic. In the COVID-19 era, it is essential that communities take the same direction and work together, first, staying home, and second, looking for other innovative and thoughtful ways to contribute.

LaLiga clubs have been quick to meet the challenge, through a variety of different public health initiatives. From financial donations to the provision of essential materials or even blood, the soccer industry has been instrumental in its response.

The current initiatives of the LaLiga Santander clubs are as follows:

Athletic Club: Through his Twitter account, the Basque Health Service, Osakidetza, recently confirmed, without revealing specific details, that the Bilbao club has made a valuable contribution through its players and coaches of the men's and women's teams.

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Athletic Club has also paid tribute to all the health personnel who work tirelessly in the fight against coronavirus , lighting the stadium in blue and projecting a message of thanks in San Mamés: You give your soul for us, thank you very much from the heart, says the message.

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Atlético de Madrid: Health personnel are our team and they need basic protective equipment. They are ours. This is the message of Diego Pablo Simeone, coach of Atlético de Madrid , in the charity campaign of the rojiblanca entity #LoDamosTodo led by the coach in support of the club's foundation and the Red Cross. The objective of this solidarity initiative is to raise funds for the acquisition and distribution of medical equipment for the health workers involved in this crisis.

CA Osasuna: The club based in Pamplona has offered its training facilities in Tajonar to the Government of Navarra if they can be of use.

CD Leganés: The club of Madrid, through its foundation and in collaboration with the city council, has donated € 200,000 to Severo Ochoa Hospital with the objective of obtaining gowns, tests, water, disinfectants, blankets, masks and all the necessary and useful material that the hospital currently needs.

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Deportivo Alavés: The local community in Vitoria has collaborated on a GoFoundMe initiative that aims to raise more than € 50,000 for local health professionals. The Basque club has contributed more than 12,000 euros. It has also made financial contributions to protect professionals working at the Álava Comprehensive Health Organization (OSI Araba).

FC Barcelona: La Blaugrana has made its facilities available to the Health Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya, including its stadium and supporting annexes. The Catalan side has also adapted the 'T'Acompanyem' (We accompany you) program, which, in collaboration with the Red Cross, takes place at Camp Nou on match days with all those who have mobility problems. Now, however, the program is called 'T'Acompanyem a Casa' (We accompany you at home) and aims to contact fans of the club over 80, to inform and help them and provide support during the crisis.

The captain of FC Barcelona, ​​Leo Messi, has also made a significant financial donation to be shared between the Hospital Clínc de Barcelona and several hospital centers in his home country, Argentina.

Getafe CF: The Community of Madrid club will make a significant financial contribution to the Getafe University Hospital to cover current health needs, such as waterproof gowns, surgical masks, FFP2 masks, shoe covers, gloves and hats.

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Granada CF: The Andalusian club has partnered with a local company to provide facial masks made of nonwoven textiles to centers and institutions where the need is greatest. In this way, the club will participate in the creation of more than 4,000 daily masks whose material has been provided by companies throughout the city and will be responsible for disinfecting them within the facilities of the New Los Cármenes Stadium through a novel disinfection system. ozone-based.

Pick up you: The Levante UD 'Cent Anys' Foundation has joined the club in launching the 'Granotas solidarios' campaign with which, thanks to financial donations received, it will buy medical supplies for Valencian public health workers and older residents. Thanks to this initiative, 6,000 EPI protective suits, 6,000 protective glasses, 50,000 FFP2 masks and 100,000 3 PLY masks have already been purchased.

RC Celta de Vigo: The club is collaborating with the Galician Organ and Blood Donation Agency to provide blood donation.

RCD Espanyol de Barcelona: The Catalan club has donated 6,000 masks to different medical and hospital centers, specifically the Nens Hospital, the Corachan Clinic, the Maresme Health Consortium, the Garraf Health Consortium and the Red Cross. In addition, the club has offered the RCDE Stadium and the sports city to install equipment in case the authorities require it.

Real Betis: Along with its foundation, the Andalusian club has donated sanitary materials used by its medical team to the Virgen del Rocío Hospital. Among the material delivered, there are more than 5,000 protective gloves and more than 100 masks, as well as material for tubes and disinfection.

In addition, Real Betis women's football player Ana Romero, popularly known as Willy, has also volunteered her services as a doctor, publishing the message Available for whatever it takes, where I am needed, on her social networks. The Sevillian forward, who also has a degree in medicine, has made her knowledge and experience available to the Spanish Ministry of Health. In addition José Manuel Álvarez, doctor of the first team of Real Betis, has offered the public, through his personal profile on social networks, consultation on any health concerns about the coronavirus, with the aim of reducing the burden on local healthcare services.

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Real Madrid FC: The Whites have made a significant donation to health services, in addition to the financial contribution that the club and its players have made to UNICEF . In collaboration with the Spanish Higher Sports Council, the club will turn the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium into a center for the supply of medical supplies to be delivered to the Spanish health authorities, so that optimal and efficient use of these resources can be made.

Real society: Led by Captain Asier Illarramendi as part of the #CoronaVida initiative, the club has addressed a call for donations to the Hurkoa Foundation.

Real Valladolid: By joining forces with the University of Valladolid, the club's foundation is helping to produce thousands of protective masks to be used by health services.

Sevilla FC: A fan of the Andalusian club by the name of Juan Carlos is currently in the Virgen Macarena Hospital with coronavirus. Through an action by Sevilla FC player Franco 'Mudo' Vázquez, the footballer organized a surprise call to send his support and encouragement to the fan.

Valencia CF: The club has donated 50,000 masks and 300 thermometers to Valencian hospitals.

Villarreal CF: The Yellow Submarine has launched the campaign #CuentaConmigo (Count with me), whose objective is to guarantee essential food for families with limited resources and groups at risk of social exclusion through the Caritas Vila-real organization. Due to the current confinement situation, this non-profit company does not have the usual collection of supplies, nor does it have regular volunteers. This has motivated Villarreal CF, the first team and the Carlos Bacca Foundation to commit to supplying the food, which will be cooked on the premises of the Estadio de la Cerámica, to guarantee the delivery of more than 200 meals a day to Cáritas so that it can Continue with your solidarity work.

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