Multi-titled Spanish football club Real Madrid together with YKK Holding Asia PTE. Ltd. (YHA) and YKK Philippines, Inc. pays it forward to young Filipino football players as the YKK Asia Group Kids Football Clinic kicked off on June 23, 2018 at the McKinley Hill Stadium in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Ending on June 24, 2018, it will be for kids aged 8-15.
Real Madrid Foundation coaches Pablo Gomez Revenga, Santiago Sanchez Martin and Hector Vicente trained 30 local football coaches immediately after the 2018 YKK Asia Group Kids Football Clinic press conference held at Shangri-La at the Fort on June 22, 2018 to prepare for the two-day clinic. Revenga, the RMF’s technical management clinics and international technical schools director, said, “Watching local coaches and children engage and participate in a sport which knows no language or social barriers is the ultimate reward.”
Aside from Revenga, Martin and Vicente, the press conference was attended by several YKK officials. Among them were YKK Philippines assistant vice president for Marketing Agustin Villarama, YKK Holdings Asia PTE LTD regional marketing manager Alson Ng, YKK Philippines, Inc. president Tadashi Koshio and Philippines Football Federation general secretary Atty. Edwin B. Gastanes.
From the most multi-titled La Liga team in history with 33 Championship titles to its name, the RMF coaches shared and demonstrated world-class training methodologies and training techniques to the local coaches, who will in turn assist the Spanish coaches in the kids clinics. The clinics have a morning session starting at 8:30 a.m. and an afternoon session starting at 1:30 p.m. at the McKinley Hill Stadium.
Coming from non-government organizations Child Hope Asia, Gawad Kalinga and a community in Batangas, 300 underprivileged children will learn football over two days of fun and interactive training sessions from the three RMF coaches. Also, the coaches will share footballing tips, techniques and basic fundamentals with the young athletes.
The YKK football clinic was first held in the Philippines in 2012. The second installment once again gives more local kids and coaches an avenue to experience world-class football from the international coaches.
“Our objective is to give the underprivileged the chance to be part of this football clinic,” Koshio stated. “YKK’s presence in the Philippines dates back since 1978, and our growth and success during these 40 years owes a great deal to the local society which our customers and employees also form part of.”
“It is a great opportunity and pleasure for us to give back and help create the initial spark of encouragement for children who do not normally experience big name events due to its exclusivity,” the YKK Philippines, Inc. president added. “This time, it’s their turn to experience greatness.”
The clinics draw on YKK’s corporate philosophy of the Cycle of Goodness. According to the philosophy, no one prospers without rendering benefit to others.
“AKFC is an integral program that not only values children but the community as well,” YHA president Kosuke Miimi explained. “This event gives opportunities to those who normally have lesser chances at sports and brings the community together to celebrate the love of football. We believe that football is a common language that everyone can enjoy regardless of culture, nationality or religion.”
Philippine Football Federation General Secretary Ed Gastanes attended the press conference for the 2018 YKK Asia Group Kids Football Clinic at the Shangri-La at the Fort. He said, “We hope this clinic will develop more players and inspire other players.”
“We are always pleased that the Real Madrid Foundation is bringing their style of play and style of coaching here,” Gastanes continued. “We are happy that YKK Asia Group and YKK Philippines have partnered with Real Madrid Foundation for another meaningful and significant clinic.”
Each participant in the clinic receives a full set of YKK/Real Madrid Foundation football jersey kit which includes football boots, a cap, socks and a certificate of participation. Other sporting equipment such as footballs, sports bibs and training cones will also be provided by YKK over the three-day event. Furthermore, YKK will donate all footballs and training equipment after the event to the invited NGO.