Football School in London

8 October 2018, at London

This time, we moved from the Netherlands to London, England, on the opposite shore. This was the first time for the soccer school to be held outside of Japan and the Netherlands.The organizer of the event was the Maeda Gakuen. It is the first private full-day kindergarten approved by the Ministry of Education in the UK for Japanese children living in the UK. The vast natural grass field of the Kindergarten located in a quiet residential area, was rich in nature and provided a wonderful environment for the children to exercise freely. Unlike the environment I expected when I heard about London, this area has a lot of parks and greenery and is an attractive area where you can find a spot to take a break(from the hustle and bustle,) right next to the main sightseeing and shopping district.

今回はオランダから場所を移し、対岸であるイギリスはロンドンへ。初の日本とオランダ以外の国でのサッカー教室開催となりました。主催はイギリスで最初に在英邦人子女を対象にした、英国教育省認可全日制の私立幼稚園を開園された英国前田学園。同グループのアクトン幼稚園の広大な天然芝のグランドは閑静な住宅街の中にあり自然豊かで子供達がのびのび運動ができる素敵な環境でした。ロンドンと聞いて予想していた環境とは異なり、このエリアは公園や緑が多く残されており、観光やショッピングの中心となる地区のすぐそばに一息つけるスポットがある魅力的なエリアです。

Maeda Gakuen in the UK is committed to providing a place where new learning can take place, and they were well-prepared to host the clinic. The clinic was held for kindergarten and elementary school children of LJJ FC (London Japanese Junior Football Club), the largest Japanese soccer club in London. The atmosphere was very friendly throughout. The clinic including the soccer lesson, a Q&A session, and a photo shooting together with the parents. I am very grateful that we were able to hold such a fulfilling clinic in another country.LJJ FC is not only about the game of soccer, but also about teaching children to understand and develop their independence and potential. This philosophy was clearly seen in the rich expressions on the children’s faces.
I think it is important to create a place where children can have fun and try things on their own initiative. So, I was very happy and grateful to see how much the children enjoyed themselves and actively tried to absorb what they learned. I am looking forward to the day we will be able to kick a ball together again.I realized that I would like to continue to travel across the country to share the joy of soccer with many children, together with the people involved.

英国前田学園は新しい学びが得れる場所の提供を進んで生み出そう尽力されており、クリニック開催にあたり万全の準備を整えて下さいました。ロンドン最大の日系サッカークラブLJJ FC-London Japanese Junior Football Clubの幼稚園児と小学生を対象に、サッカー教室、質疑応答、写真撮影など保護者の方々と共に始終和やかな雰囲気のクリニックになりました。他国でこんなに充実したクリニックを行えたことにとても感謝しています。LJJ FCはサッカーの競技そのものだけではなく、子どもの自主性や可能性を理解し伸ばす指導をされています。その理念は子どもたちの豊かな表情からよく見て取れました。クリニックは子供達が楽しみながら、自分から進んでトライできる場を作ることが大切だと思います。ですので、今回は子供達が楽しみながら、積極的に吸収しようとしてくれた姿勢には嬉しさと感謝しかありません。また一緒にボールを蹴れる日が来ることを願っています。今後も国を跨ぎ、もっと色々なところに出向き、たくさんの子供達に関係者と共にサッカーの楽しさや経験を伝えていきたいと実感しました。

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