Kodomo Station Soccer School
[Tokyo, 27 November 2002]
Language of Instruction: Japanese
Restrictions: Children must be in the right age group. Girls are welcome!
Kodomo Station Soccer School is run by The Bunkyo Education Trust (BET) and held every Friday from 15:00 to 17:30 during the winter months and from 15:00 to 18:00 when the days get longer. The location is Shin-Otsuka Park a few blocks from Myogadani station on the Marunouchi line. All pre-school and elementary school age children who are interested in playing soccer are welcome. The pre-school soccer class is from 15:00 to 16:00 and the elementary school soccer class is from 15:50 to 17:30. Kodomo Station Soccer School is always looking for volunteer soccer instructors. If you would like to join, please feel free to contact.
Soccer School FAQ:
Q: What is soccer (football)?
A: Soccer (USA) or football (the rest of the world) was born in England. It was named football because players kick the ball with their feet. Since anyone can play soccer/football with just one ball, it is a relatively cheap sport to play and is said to be one of the most popular sports in the world.
Q: Why does BET offer soccer lessons?
A: Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world and is rapidly gaining popularity in Japan. There are also many reasons why it is good for children to play soccer. Exercise, teamwork, leadership, athletic skills, and learning about yourself are some of the benefits of playing soccer.
Q: Is it important for elementary school kids to learn specific techniques in soccer practice?
A: One advantage of playing sports (not limited to soccer) is that it encourages children to become better athletes. When teaching sports to children, it is important to help them gain confidence in order to maintain their motivation. Therefore Kodomo Station Soccer School focuses on helping young children improve their techniques first, rather than strengthening physical capability as is common in other soccer schools. Parents are also welcome to play with children or serve as volunteer instructors. Please contact BET for details.
Q: Who teaches?
A: Our chief instructor is Mr. Kazutami Uebayashi, a Japan Football Association certified coach. Mr. Uebayashi was born in 1977 and started playing soccer in junior high school. After graduating from Tokyo University Of Science, he got a job with one of Japan's leading corporations. In 2001 he left his job to pursue his dream of becoming a professional soccer coach. Mr. Uebayashi now attends COUVA Coaching Academy. He is also active as a player for a Tokyo League tertiary team, which is trying to one-day compete in J League. Other volunteer instructors include armature players, and students from local high school/college teams. Kodomo Station Soccer School welcomes parents as both players and volunteer instructors.
Q: How is the soccer school managed?
A: The school is run by Kodomo Station and supported financially by BET. Parents are expected to participate in guidance meetings that are held a few times a year, and exchange opinions with administration staff to improve school management. BET is supported by membership fees and donations from those who support its activities.
Q: How are safety issues handled?
A: Parents are responsible for children's safety during travel to and from Shin-Otsuka Park. BET is looking into group insurance to cover injuries and accidents during the practice (which in the future may require an additional fee from participating children).
Q: How can I pay my donations?
A: Kodomo Station Soccer School's per lesson donation is 500 yen. Please remit payment to:
Asahi Bank, Myogadani Branch, 1307599 (ordinary account),
Account holder name: NPO Hojin Bunkyo Kyoiku Trust Kodomo Station.
BET is a non-profit organization. However, please understand that there are some costs in order to run a successful and safe soccer school for our children.
Other volunteers currently involved: Mr. Uebayashi (main coach on Friday), Ms. Watanabe (assistant), Mr. Shimura, Mr. Imai (main coach on Wednesday), Ms. Murakami.
Bunkyo Education Trust (BET)
5-7-20-203 Koishikawa, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0002
BET is a non-profit organization established in April 2000. BET's goals is to create a fun and interesting learning environment for children, as well as to make to Bunkyo ward a better place for families to live.
One of BET's key activities is Bunkyo Community Learning Programs (BCLP). As a "community-based school", BCLP offers a wide variety of unique learning opportunities for both children and adults, including soccer practices, English conversation classes, science projects, computer classes and field trips.
BET's Fundamental Concepts: Community Power Improves Education
Pursue interests ------> Maximize your potential
Practice teamwork ------> Understand yourself and others
Experience the world ------> Broaden your learning capacity
Try science -------> Try new logical approaches
Community-based programs run by BET provide important learning opportunities for all. The goal of these programs is to offer kids, students and adults chances to learn about and enjoy new things. Please visit our website for detailed information about our organization (only in Japanese currently).