• CECA and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) collaborate to offer footballers, referees and coaches Financial Education training

• The course aims to provide athletes with basic financial literacy skills to help them manage their income and investments, offering them a flexible format that they can combine with their training and matches

• The project currently boasts the participation of 3 federations (Football, Swimming and Athletics), together with the Higher Sports Council (CSD) and the Spanish Sports Association (ADESP)

The banking association CECA has announced the addition of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to its Financial Education for Athletes project, with the aim of offering professional footballers, referees and coaches training to boost their financial literacy and help them manage their income during their sporting career. The course, which was recently launched, has the backing of Ona Carbonell, CECA's ambassador for Obra Social and Financial Education.

The commencement of this collaboration represents a further step in the commitment of CECA's member entities to continue educating as many athletes as possible in the field of Financial Education. Along with football, the Athletics and Swimming federations have already started the course, as have the Higher Sports Council (CSD) and the Spanish Sports Association (ADESP), reaching a total of over 500 athletes.

For the RFEF, it means continuing to contribute to the education of its affiliated athletes in a field that is essential for their professional careers. The aim is to make athletes aware of their finances so that they can better manage their income and investments, as well as plan for the "day after", once they retire from professional sport.

The course is completely flexible, has a duration of 15 hours and is easily adaptable to the athletes' schedules, as it can be combined with their training over a period of six months. This means that students receive a range of materials and can access the programme whenever and wherever they want.

On this occasion, to offer the course to RFEF athletes, CECA will rely on the CEF.- UDIMA Educational Group due to its extensive experience in the world of financial education.

According to Alberto Aza, CECA spokesperson, "we are proud to be able to announce the RFEF's involvement in this project, which is being very well received by athletes. With its addition, we are furthering our commitment to promote financial literacy in the world of sport, a need that until now had not been met. Through this collaboration, we are able to increase the reach of the course via a very popular and influential sporting discipline".

For her part, the president of the CEF.- UDIMA Educational Group, Aránzazu de las Heras, highlighted the experience of the CEF.- UDIMA business school in the field of economics and finance, as evidenced by its 45 years of educational history, while thanking the RFEF for the trust placed in its teaching staff.

On behalf of the RFEF, Pep Sansó, Chair of the Education Committee, stated that "education is a strategic pillar for the RFEF, necessary to be at the forefront and continue to be a benchmark, which is why we are very proud to be able to add CECA's Financial Education programme to our extensive range of educational courses".