New Delhi, India; November 4th, 2023: YKK HOLDING ASIA PTE. LTD. (YHA) together with YKK INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED is excited to be bringing their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, YKK ASAO Kids Football Clinic (YKK AKFC) back to India for the fourth time. The event in collaboration with the Real Madrid Foundation (RMF) will be a three-day clinic held between 2nd to 5th November, in New Delhi at the Kicksal Arena football facility. Unlike the previous installments of the event, the official press conference was held today at the same venue as the clinic in a more intimate pitch-side format. Mr. Andres Muntaner Borrajo, Area Manager (Camps & Clinics) for Real Madrid Foundation was in attendance and represented the organization as a VIP panelist during the conference on day one. Representing YKK and this initiative were, Mr. Kosuke Miimi, President of YKK Holding Asia Pte. Ltd. (YHA), Mr. Reisuke Aratani, Managing Director of YKK India Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Naresh Kaushik, Vice Factory Manager of YKK India Pvt. Ltd.
As a part of the upcoming clinic, just under 300 children from orphanages and underprivileged homes, and more than 30 local Indian coaches from the country will hone their skills at this camp and get to rub shoulders with the professional coaches of the Real Madrid Foundation, Mr. Carlos Gustavo Albert Garcia, Ms. Maria Bores Vazquez and Mr. Víctor López Pacheco. Supporting this event closely, will be Football Delhi (Delhi Soccer Association) and their team of skilled Indian coaches who after undergoing a theory and professional coaching session, will have a hands-on experience to assist the Real Madrid Foundation coaches. Together, they will share the club’s training methodology and techniques, to conduct the four kids’ clinic sessions over the next two days. Each participant in the clinic will receive a full set of YKK/Real Madrid Foundation kit (inclusive of jersey, shorts and socks), football boots, a certificate and medal of participation along with souvenirs from the RMF.
Having collaborated with the YKK AKFC for over a decade, the Real Madrid Foundation’s coaching team has brought their world-class techniques to millions of children around the world who share a passion for football. Believing strongly in the thought that football is a global language, the coaching team has never perceived regional dialects and cultural differences as a barrier and in fact, continues to spread smiles on the children’s faces via their clinics.
Amplifying the YKK ASAO REGION CSR program, YKK will donate all the footballs and training equipment to the participating non-profit organizations and schools following the event, thus encouraging passionate children to chase their dreams and play on for years to come.
YKK ASAO Region has always strived to be a contributing member of society and YHA has cemented this CSR program as an annual event. Sharing his thoughts on this, Mr. Kosuke Miimi – President of YHA commented “This is an integral program that not only values the children, but the community at large. This event gives opportunities to those who normally have a lesser chance at sports and brings the community together to celebrate the love of football.”
The YKK AKFC CSR program started in 2007. This meaningful event has been held across countries like Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, and others. YKK focuses on providing an enjoyable and memorable experience for underprivileged children through the game of football. The success of the event throughout the years has seen thousands of underprivileged children benefit from this once-in-a-lifetime experience to get up close with the renowned Spanish football coaches of the Real Madrid Foundation; to date the event has provided this special experience to well over 7000 underprivileged children and counting.