As part of their CSR initiative, YKK HOLDING ASIA PTE. LTD. (YHA) and YKK PHILIPPINES, INC. have jointly chosen to continue their collaboration with the Real Madrid Foundation (RMF) for continuing their program which aim to support the healthy growth of children through football clinics. This will be the second time that the event will be held in the Philippines.
The event, YKK Asia Group Kids Football Clinic (AKFC), brings three coaches from Real Madrid Foundation to Manila to share footballing tips, techniques and basic fundamentals to 300 underprivileged children from three different NGOs over two days of fun and interactive training sessions. The RMF coaches, Pablo Gomez Revenga, Santiago Sanchez Martin & Hector Vicente, will also demonstrate and share their world-class training methodologies and training techniques with 30 local coaches.
YKK, who are the industty leaders in fastening products, has taken much thought and care in providing a special opportunity to these underprivileged children whereby they get to rub shoulders with the most multi-titled La Liga team in history; with 33 Championship titles to their dub’s na'ne The previous YKK AKFC football clinic was held in the Philippines in April 2012. This second instalment to the “ Pearl of the Orient Seas” , once again gives local kids and coaches the opportunity to experience worldclass football from these invited international coaches.
"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 This time, it’s their turn to experience greatness. ” Said President of YKK PHILIPPINES, INC, Mr Tadashi Koshio.
“ We have successfully partnered with YHA since 2012 and have had incredible and positive experiences fom the Asian countries where the events have been held Watching the local coaches and children engage and participate in a sport which knows no language or social barriers is the ultimate reward," notes Mr. Paulo Goma Revenga Real Madrid Foundation Mangement Clinics and International Technical Schools Director.
Mr. Kosuke Miimi, YHA’ s Reddent, commented, “ AKFC is an integral program that not only values children, but the community as well. 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 ofculture. nationality or religion. ”
The clinics draw on YKK’ 3 corporate philosophy of the “ Cycle of Goodness”. which states that “ NO one prospers without ra'idaing bandit to othaa" This same philosophy is the guiding mantra behind the clinics’ success and is its main driving factor to benefit the local community at large.
Each participant in the clinic receives a full set of YKK/Real Madrid Foundation football jersey kit which includes football boots, 8 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’ s after the event to the invited NGO.