Tokyo, Japan, June 30, 2015 --- Japan Football Association (JFA) and Teijin Limited announced today that they have agreed to open a joint human-resources development center on the premises of Teijin’s Fuji Institute of Education and Training in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, beginning July 29. The newly renamed TEIJIN ACADEMY FUJI will be an 85,000-square-meter facility comprising a full football ground with international-standard artificial grass, guest rooms, auditorium, canteen, meeting rooms and exclusive JFA facilities.
JFA and Teijin will both use the TEIJIN ACADEMY FUJI for player training, workshops for coaches, instructors and judges, and other purposes. JFA will relocate the girls’ base of the JFA Academy Fukushima, a football institute for middle and high school students, to TEIJIN ACADEMY FUJI. The academy will also be utilized for football club camps and human-resources development by businesses and organizations. In addition, it is expected to accommodate foreign football teams, Asian football exchanges and training-film shoots.
The JFA promotes sports under a philosophy, to create a rich sports culture and contribute to the healthy development of people’s mind and body and to the development of society through football. The JFA develops players and holds seminars and workshops for coaches, instructors and referees. In 2006, the JFA established JFA Academy Fukushima as a six-year boarding institute where middle and senior high school students could go to school while receiving football training. Due to the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, however, the academy was forced to move to an alternative site.
Teijin develops personnel who contribute to society under the corporate philosophy of “Enhancing the Quality of Life, In Harmony with Society, and Empowering Our People.” Teijin’s Fuji Institute of Education and Training, established in 1972, operates as a public training facility for the development of global human resources. Teijin’s football-related initiatives include supporting the All Japan High School Soccer Tournament since 1991, operating the Teijin Soccer School in Matsuyama with former Matsuyama Factory’s employee team members as volunteers, and supporting the Japan Dream Football Association.
JFA and Teijin began their relationship through the All Japan High School Soccer Tournament.
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“We are enhancing the environments for football and human-resource development under our philosophy, to create a rich sports culture and contribute to the healthy development of people’s mind and body and to the development of society through football, it is necessary to enhance both the football environmental improvement and human resources.” says Kuniya Daini, the president of JFA. “As the population ages and fewer babies are born, sports gain its recognition,” he notes. “Promotion and human resources development of sports are imperative. JFA will utilize TEIJIN ACADEMY FUJI as the girls’ base of JFA Academy Fukushima and produce future key persons of Japanese football.”
“Teijin has always contributed to human resource development and community-minded activities,” says Jun Suzuki, president and CEO of Teijin Limited. “Teijin’s Fuji Institute of Education and Training has been contributing to human resources development since 1972. It now will be an honor for this center to transform into a joint base for human resources development. We look forward to supporting human resources development through football at TEIJIN ACADEMY FUJI.”
About the Teijin Group
Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 16,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY786.2 billion (USD 6.6 billion) and total assets of JPY 823.7 billion (USD 6.9 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015.
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