Publicity February 2013

Manchester United Soccer Schools Coming to Japan

Building on the success of our programmes in the UK, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, Manchester United Soccer Schools will work with the UK-based Hiroshima firm, GEC World, to deliver football camps in Japan this spring.

David Gill, chief executive officer of Manchester United, said: “Manchester United is delighted to announce that our highly successful soccer schools programme will take place in many cities throughout Japan, beginning March 2013 in Hiroshima.

Manchester United has almost 4mn followers in Japan and I hope that many of these fans will enjoy this new way of connecting with the Club and enjoy the opportunity to be able to learn to play the United way at the Manchester United Soccer Schools.

We are sure that the experience that young players will take away with them from attending a Manchester United Soccer School will enable them to understand what it means to live, train and play like a Manchester United player”.

Manchester United, a club with a long tradition of developing young footballers, has a record of producing home-grown talent.

From our first team and Academy teams to the Manchester United Soccer Schools, the coaching staff share the same vision: to produce high quality attacking and exciting football.

Our objective is to help individuals attain their optimum level of performance and benefit from being coached the Manchester United Way.

Programmes are challenging but achievable, guaranteeing that each child leaves our course with raised confidence, saying they have had fun and enjoyed the experience.

Shinji Kagawa, Manchester United midfielder, said: “As a Manchester United player, I have a great opportunity to play for the best club in the world and train in a fantastic environment with top players and coaches.

If you want to know what it feels like to play the Manchester United way, then attending Manchester United Soccer Schools will give you a great chance to experience coaching programmes which are based around the training of the Manchester United 1st team and Academy.

I’m sure you will have a great time at the Manchester United Soccer Schools in Japan”.

In 2012, some 10,000 children from more than 75 countries attended a Manchester United Soccer Schools camp.

At the camps, participants are placed in groups of 16 players of similar age, and remain with the same coach. The coach thus gets to know his players, and brings out the best in each child.

Camp 1: 21–23 March, Hiroshima University of Economics
Camp 2: 25–27 March, Hiroshima University of Economics
Camp 3: 30 March–2 April, Yokohama Sportsman Club
Camp 4: 4–6 April, Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium

For further information, please contact:
Tel: 082-231-3817

Win A Place at the World Skills Final!
Attend one of our Manchester United Soccer Schools and have a chance to enjoy the experience of a lifetime and play on the Old Trafford pitch.

Compete in one of the Manchester United skills challenges—held at every camp—and you could be walking out in front of 76,000 fans at the World Skills Final at Old Trafford, the home of the Manchester United football team.

Designed by the club’s coaches and players, the skills challenges are a great way to improve skills and allow every player, regardless of age, to compete on equal terms.

One player from each week of camps in Japan will win a place at the World Skills Final in Manchester, England, and have the opportunity to:

• Tour the Trafford Training Centre
• Participate in the World Skills competition at Manchester United’s Training Ground
• Visit the Manchester United stadium
• Play on the famous Old Trafford pitch at half-time during a sell-out premier league game
• Watch a premier league game at Old Trafford