Three Real Madrid Foundation coaches from the namesake Spanish top-flight football club is in Hanoi to train 300 underprivileged local children this weekend in the third return to Vietnam of the YKK Asia Group Kids Football Clinic (AKFC) program.
YKK Holding Asia Pte. Ltd. (YHA) and YKK Vietnam, Ltd. held a press conference in Hanoi on Friday to introduce the AKFC program with the attendance of representatives from the Real Madrid Foundation.
Under the program, Real Madrid Foundation coaches Carlos Gustavo Albert Garcia, Javier Garcia Torres, and Hector Vicente gave training to 30 local football coaches immediately after the press conference.
The coaches from the La Liga side shared and demonstrated world-class training methodologies and training techniques to the local coaches, who will, in turn, assist the Spanish coaches during Saturday and Sunday kid clinics.
The 300 underprivileged children, who come from Nguyen Dinh Chieu Junior High School in Hai Ba Trung District, Phat Tich Charity and Career Orientation Center in the bordering province of Bac Ninh, and Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in Hoan Kiem District, are set to learn to play football over the course of the two-day event packed with fun and interactive training sessions.
The three coaches are also expected to share tips, techniques, and fundamentals of the sport with the young athletes.
The clinics have morning and afternoon sessions starting at 8:30 am and 1:30 pm, respectively, at Saint Paul American School in Hoai Duc District.
This is the third time the AKFC has come to Vietnam and the program's first edition to be held in Hanoi.
Speaking at Friday’s event, Kosuke Miimi, YHA president, said that the AKFC provides opportunities for those who normally have fewer chances at practicing sports and brings the community together to celebrate the love of football.
Each participant in the clinic receives a full set of YKK/Real Madrid Foundation football jersey kit, which includes football boots, a cap, and socks, and a certificate of participation.
Other sporting equipment such as balls, bibs, and training cones will also be provided by YKK during the training sessions.
YKK will donate all training equipment to local NGOs after the event.
Founded in 1934, YKK Group is a Japanese group of manufacturing companies and the world's largest zipper manufacturer.
It also manufactures other fastening products, architectural products, plastic hardware, and industrial machinery.
YKK Vietnam was established in 1998.
Similar football clinics are also organized by YKK Group in the Philippines.
Real Madrid is the most successful club in the history of La Liga, Spanish football's top-tier league, having won 33 championships in total.