March 12, 2012 10:05 AM

Last athletics practice session of fiscal 2011 held for local junior high school students in Itami City

Hello! I am Takagi, of the Precision Wire Sales Department, Sumitomo (SEI) Steel Wire Corp.
Every year, Sumitomo Electric organizes monthly athletics practice sessions for junior high school students in Itami City for four months from November to February. Being a member of the company’s athletic club, I have participated in this program as a coach for the past two years. Each time I look forward to meeting junior high school students on the practice ground.

Everyone smiling during the practice

▲ Everyone smiling during the practice

On Saturday, February 18, we held the last athletics practice session for this fiscal year. Despite the cold mid-winter weather, approximately 100 students from Itami City took part in the event.

Members of the athletic club created a selection of training exercises for the students, and in the session sometimes ran and jumped with them - things that we are not accustomed to. Track and field is a sport difficult to teach. It is not easy to express each movement of the body in words. However, the participants attentively listened to what we said and did it the right away. To our delight, they said: “This is really interesting. We will try this at school, too.” Although we are inexperienced as coaches, we did our best to help them. Hearing these words, we felt our efforts were rewarded. In addition, we also learned from them by listening to their simple questions and frank comments typical of junior high school students and by observing their running styles.

At the end of each practice session, the participants, divided into several teams, run a relay race. Athletic club members also formed a team and took part in the race. Although we thoroughly enjoyed it, we ran so seriously that we forgot about the cold. The next time the members and students meet again, we could be competing against each other as athletes in a track and field event during the athletics season!

This athletics practice program also provides us with the opportunity to meet many local citizens. Sumitomo Electric athletic club members are very happy to be able to take part in these community service programs, in addition to participating in competitions as athletes.
Our athletics practice program of fiscal 2011 ended in success. I look forward to communicating with local people in similar activities in the next fiscal year.

Students and club members jogging together

▲ Students and club members jogging together

♪ Related link: Athletic Club Website http://www.sei.co.jp/trackfield/ (Japanese)

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