Supporting Youth Soccer Competitions
[Japan] Mazda Motor Corporation
[Mexico] Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation (MMVO)
An Exciting Competition - 37th Youth Soccer Competition Held in Hofu
In order to contribute to the sound development of children and promote regional sports, the Hofu Plant has supported the Mazda Invitational Youth Soccer Competition hosted by the Hofu City Soccer Association since its inception in 1982. This two-day event, held every year during summer vacation, was started to commemorate the completion of the Hofu Plant. Since then, it has become established as a traditional tournament that attracts the best teams in Yamaguchi Prefecture and neighboring prefectures.
In FY2018, approximately 650 players from a total of 36 teams - the greatest number of teams yet - including 32 teams from within Yamaguchi Prefecture and four teams from other prefectures, participated in August at the Hofu Athletic Stadium and other venues.
By the numbers
Duration of program: 37 years
Summer Soccer Supports Kids' Health
MMVO has opened its facilities to hold the "Mazda Cup Junior" soccer tournament for children who live in neighboring villages since 2016.
FY2018, passionate performances from the young players resulted in a very exciting tournament.
MMVO opened its facilities for the full 29 days of the tournament, and also provided soccer uniforms, transportation, and school supplies to all 600 of the six to 13-year-old children who participated.
The children who participated said they were "able to enjoy an active summer vacation" and that they "spent their vacation doing something worthwhile."
By the numbers
Duration of program: 3 years