Supporting Youth Soccer Competitions
[Japan] Mazda Motor Corporation
[Mexico] Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation (MMVO)
An Exciting Competition - 36th 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 FY2017, approximately 400 players from a total of 24 teams, including 22 teams from within Yamaguchi Prefecture (and 12 teams from within Hofu City) and 2 teams from other prefectures, participated in August at the Hofu Athletic Stadium and other venues.
By the numbers
Duration of program: 36 years
Supporting the Mental and Physical Health of Children in Mexico
MMVO has opened its facilities to hold the "Mazda Cup Junior" soccer tournament for children who live in neighboring villages since 2016.
In FY2017, the number of participating teams increased to 48, twice the number of the previous year, for a very exciting tournament with many passionate young players. MMVO opened its facilities for the full 29 days of the tournament, and also provided soccer uniforms, transportation, and school supplies to all 576 of the six to 13-year-old children who participated.
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Duration of program: 2 years