”The 2nd 2015 SOLATO Ehime FC Football School” was held at the Ai Field Baishinji in Matsuyama City, Ehime Pref. on October 4, 2015 (Sunday).
The day’s football school was held for children from kindergarten (2nd and 3rd-year) to 4th year of elementary school, and their guardians, with the event gathering a total of 106 participants.
The football school was sponsored by the Ehime FC, which belongs to the J2 League and which Taiyo Oil is the Official Uniform Sponsor of. The football school has happened every year since 2007, three times a year. This time, it included kindergarten pupils for the first time, and the program was designed for even very young children to experience the thrill of soccer.
Training on the day was provided by soccer players Genta Omotehara, Ryota Watanabe, and Park Seung-Su, as well as staff. The children at the event watched the techniques of the professional players and played together in games on the Ehime FC practice pitch in what turned out to be a fun-filled day under a fresh, breezy blue sky.
The ever popular lottery was also held, there were photo opportunities with SOLATO-kun, a signing session with Ehime FC players, and other activities that added further excitement to the event.
Taiyo Oil will continue to hold similar sports schools in order to help foster children’s interest in sports and development of a sound mind in a healthy body.
October 4, 2015 (Sunday), 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Entry from 1:00 p.m.)
Ai Field Baishinji, 1386-5 Baishinji-machi, Matsuyama, Ehime 791-8082
106 people in 53 groups, comprising everyone from kindergarten pupils (2nd and 3rd-year) up to 4th-year elementary school pupils, and their guardians.
13:30 Welcome speech: Mamoru Watanabe, General Manager, General Affairs Department, Shikoku Operations, Taiyo Oil Co., Ltd.
13:35 Start of football school (warm-up and other simple exercises, instruction session, and mini-match.)
14:50 Closing ceremony
14:55 Commemorative photographs
15:00 – 15:15 Signing session with Ehime FC players