Message from the President
Supporting Amputee Football
In April 2019, Kanematsu formed a partnership agreement with the Japan Amputee Football Association (JAFA).
As part of initiatives to address our five key issues of mutual development with local communities and promoting respect for human rights, human resource development, and diversity, we are supporting the parasport of amputee football.
In agreement with JAFA's mission of realizing an inclusive society for all, regardless of disability, through soccer, Kanematsu supports amputee football. This support is given in recognition of the value of diversity and to contribute to the realization of an inclusive society in which everyone can express their individuality and utilize their talents.
Operational Support and Platform Provision
Since October 2018, Kanematsu has provided a meeting room at its Tokyo Head Office for JAFA to use as an office.
Based on our partnership agreement, we send employee volunteers to JAFA tournaments and actively engage in efforts to spread awareness of amputee football, broadly communicating the appeal and excitement of the sport.
Provision of the Kanematsu Tsuga Ground (Chiba City, Chiba)
The Chiba Prefecture amputee football team AFC BumbleBee Chiba holds practices at Kanematsu's Tsuga Ground around twice a month.
Furthermore, the first match of the first tournament of the Eastern Japan Amputee Football League, inaugurated in fiscal 2018, was held at the Kanematsu Tsuga Ground. Kanematsu plans to not only provide its grounds, but wide-ranging cooperation with the aim of spreading league matches nationwide.
Awareness Raising through Experience Event
At the fifth annual Kanematsu Invitational Kids' Soccer Tournament, held January 13, 2019, after the matches concluded, we held an amputee soccer experience event to spread awareness among the participating children.
his event served as an opportunity to not only allow the children to see first-hand how fun and interesting amputee soccer is, but also to spark an interest in parasports and communicate the value of human life and resilience.