about us

“We are two life-long friends with a common vision: the need to connect with and submerge oneself in a country’s culture in order to properly learn the language and stand out in today’s competitive world.”

Sacha Bancroft Cooke

Director and co-founder

Born and raised in the English countryside and mother of three girls. She lived in Spain from 2002 until 2014. Educated at the prestigious Saint Mary’s Ascot boarding school, Sacha has a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages ​​and Linguistics from the University of Cambridge.

After 6 years as sales director for an international online marketing company, Sacha and her husband of Spanish nationality created the company ninetonine kids, a company that sells designer furniture for both babies and children around the world.

A few years later, Sacha set out to establish a unique and exclusive summer camp “English Country House Camp” in the English countryside, aimed at girls between 7 and 11 years old. This camp, along with her experiences in French exchanges, several au pairs in her youth, complied with her studies in Madrid as a teenager, has been the seed from which ninetonineworld: connecting cultures, differently was born.

When she is not on a plane between Madrid and London, Sacha also finds the time to continue her activity as a translator and interpreter.

María de Ascanio

Director and co-founder

Originally from the Canary Islands. A decisive moment in her education is when she decided at the end of her baccalaureate, to live for a year in the English countryside, in the county of Cheshire, to improve her English before obtaining a degree in Business Administration from the University of Manchester. This led to a subsequent transfer to London to work in a multinational. It is in that city, where she met Sacha Bancroft, before moving to Madrid, where she worked in the commercial and finance departments of several companies for the next 10 years.

Her experience in the English countryside sparked what would become a lifelong passion for the English language and culture. She has no doubt that the most effective way to really learn a language is through a complete immersion in the culture of the country.

Now, back in Madrid, married and with three children, this deep connection with the United Kingdom is reflected in the education of her young children who attend a British school in Madrid. She takes advantage of every opportunity to immerse them in the English culture and transmit that passion for language and culture from an early age.