寄付・募金・ボランティアのセーブ・ザ・チルドレン・ジャパン

Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami Emergency response and recovery program

“I feel that I have become a much better player in just one day!” Kashiwa Reysol Soccer School in Aizubange-machi (August 21, 2013)

On August 8 and 9, Reysol Soccer School was held at Bange Junior High School in Aizubange-machi by the school coaches of J1 Kashiwa Reysol, Mr. Kazuyuki Akitani, Mr. Makoto Yamanaka and Mr. Tatsuro Shida. Kashiwa Reysol conducted the school as part of SCJ’s support activities for the Great East Japan Earthquake. Participating were 97 elementary school students from 12 organizations and 39 students from three junior high schools. They played hard and with great delight under the tutelage of coaches from their favorite J-League club.

 



 
Opening Ceremony: “OK, let’s get started!”
 

It was a very hot day after a long rainy season. Without any serious injuries or accidents among the players, we could hear the energetic voices of children and coaches echoing all over the ground. The children looked so serious about playing, taking this valuable opportunity to receive direct coaching from the J-League team coaches. There were girls and boys, beginners and those more experienced. These professional coaches were excellent in teaching them all!

Elementary school students were divided into three groups, and junior high school students into two by grade. For about two hours, in spite of the heat, they ran around the ground doing warm-ups, as well as basic exercises such as pass, trap, and faint, then ended with mini games.

 



 
They seriously listen to the coach.
Children of lower grades also played powerfully!

 


Tough hits by junior high school students!
Okay, now shoot!

The coaches not only taught soccer skills, but also emphasized the importance of daily practice. They also revealed that watching games is another secret way to become a good player. They said, “Please come to Kashiwa City to watch our games, although it is a little far from here. We also have J1 League games in Sendai and Niigata.” Children commented, “I feel that I have become a good player in just one day,” and, “It was fun!”

We hope that those children who participated will grow up realizing the importance of having teammates, and gain an attitude to work hard through playing sports as well as attaining technical skills.

 



 
A group photo, presenting their good memory of summer holidays

 
(Reported by Yuka Fujii, Fukushima Aizuwakamatsu Office)