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"They are guaranteed to have a great time with the beach, water sports, great weather and of course, all the amazing sports here in the Algarve."

Andrew said: "The key is to have some amazing fun whilst at the same time broadening the youngsters opportunities and helping them to develop self esteem, confidence, their sense of contribution, respect and teamwork." "They are guaranteed to have a great time with the beach, water sports, great weather and of course, all the amazing sports here in the Algarve," he added. The youngsters will also have an in-house chef, physio and emotional performance psychologist. The children will learn about nutrition and will have the chance to cook for themselves under the guidance of Santana's nutritionist. They will also get the chance to explore Portuguese culture during the trip which will include outings around the Algarve – perhaps to Silves or Faro. Andrew said: "These kids will be on an emotional journey as well as a physical journey." The first course looks set to take place in September. The idea is to do between 10 and 12 courses during the first year with more year-onyear as the project gets bigger. Children will only be able to come on one course each but there are hopes that down the line that children who show extraordinary promise or potential will get some kind of bursary to help them with the education and developing their sport when they return to their home country. Andrew is using his extensive network of contacts to reach out to teams across Europe. As one example, he has been in touch with 1996/2000 Olympian, Diane Modahl who herself came from Moss Side, inner city Manchester. Andrew said that someone like Diane would have been a perfect Santana candidate. Someone who had perhaps been born in an inner city with less obvious financial advantages than others whose life was dramatically changed through sport.

He plans to have a commercial arm to his business which would offer luxury retreat holidays where guests will benefit from fantastic accommodation, unique training, tailored nutrition and well being advice. He also plans to approach European brands who share similar values in identifying and promoting potential in young people. He has just made a film with a well-known film director who is supporting the project and happens to live in the Algarve not too far from Andrew. The film, which is due to be sent out to sponsors in the next few weeks, focuses on a 9-year-old Portuguese boy whose life is monochrome as he yearns to be able to play the sport of his dreams. His world changes forever when he eventually gets the opportunity. Andrew’s ambition is that his courses will turn people’s dreams into reality and if possible change lives forever. He is dreaming big and we certainly hope it happens.

+INFO:  www.santanasportingsanctuary.com  andrew@santanasportingsanctuary.com  +351 919 770 537  +44 7887 832172

So, how does Andrew plan to fund this? Well at the moment it’s philanthropic. It’s a matter of using his savings but he has a couple of other ideas up his sleeve.

WWW.TOMORROWALGARVE.COM

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