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Following the open door training session with the first team players, the day continued with the traditional visit of the players, coaching staff, board members and FC Barcelona Foundation directors to various hospitals in the city of Barcelona.
Semedo, Rakitic, Iniesta, Vermaelen, Digne, Ernesto Valverde, Josep Maria Bartomeu and Jordi Cardoner visited the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu; Dembélé, Paco Alcácer, Ter Stegen, Umtiti, Jon Aspiazu and Pau Vilanova visited the Vall d’Hebron hospital; Messi, Suárez, J.R. De La Fuente and Maria Teixidor the Sant Pau Hospital; André Gomes, Aleix Vidal, Joan Barbarà and Jordi Calsamiglia the Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital; Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, J.A. Pozanco and Javier Bordas Barcelona Hospital; Cillessen, Mascherano, Edu Pons and Xavier Vilajoana the Barcelona Children’s Hospital; Sergio Busquets and Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca the Parc Taulí Hospital; Rafinha, Paulinho, Antonio Gómez and Emili Rousaud the Cottolengo Padre Alegre; Denis Suárez, Piqué and Dídac Lee the Casa Ronald McDonald.
The visits generated great excitement as always for the children in hospital at various centres across the city with photos and Barça gifts the order of the day.
Another fan at training thanks to a remote robot
10 year old Gustavo from Honduras is a patient at the Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona yet he was still able to witness the Barça open door training session first hand thanks to the wonders of modern technology.
The young FC Barcelona fan used a remote control robot from his hospital bed to follow his heroes in action. The initiative was put together by the foundation of the former Barça player Éric Abidal, the Barça Foundation and the company AWABOT, the technical driving force behind the project.
The robot has been named ‘Pol’ after the first patient to use its capabilities and is part of an innovative Barça Foundation project aimed at young people under the age of 18 around the world who suffer from serious illness and are confined to home or hospital.
This innovation allows for virtual experiences using remote controlled robots that the child operates via a camera, an internet connection and a keyboard. The robot has two cameras to ensure a more complete view and has seven microphones inside that can mute surrounding sounds. This action is part of the new strategic axis of the Foundation for social innovation and the generation of thought.