Three days of Frame Football and CP Football events in the bag!(in the net?)
To introduce Frame Football to Japan, Esperanza invited a special lecturer, Sam Turner, from International Cerebral Palsy Football Federation, to Tokyo. Three action packed days of lecturers, workshops and training were in store, to get the Frame Football kick-started in Japan.
FF lecture and training
In a rare snowy February day, we were given a lecture about the history, rules and current state of affairs of Frame Football. Overall, there were more than 20 participants attending the lecture- mainly physiotherapists, coaches and university professors.
A quick recap of the main points. The game was invented in England, in 2014, and has been on the steady rise across Para sports community. Apparently, it enjoys good foothold in Europe and Britain. The sports was designed to cater for the needs of kids who use frame for their daily mobility. Due to a level of impairment which falls between CP-Football and Powerchair Football, many of theses players didn’t have a proper outlet to participate in sports. Hence the birth of Frame Football!
Following the theory session, it was time for the main event with the first ever Frame Football training session and match in Japan. Ten young players were eager to play with the custom made frames.
Given, it was for all of the kids, the first time to play the Frame Football, everybody did extremely well. They were showing some spirited efforts despite the chilliness of the gym! All kids were fantastic but special mention has to go out to our youngest participant- Muyu-chan, who also happened to be the only girl player! Well done Muyu!
Finally, after the dust had settled, the first match ended in goalless draw. So, more to aim for next time!
Sunday’s CP-Football session and discussion
Our quest lecturer was kept busy on Sunday as well. He gave CP-Football training and had a Q&A session with Esperanza kids, adult members and coaches at Yokohama Rapport Para Sport Center. As Sam has the inside knowledge of CP-Football community through IFCPF, the main points of discussions included new classification system, CP-Football current state of affairs and the future developments.
Kanagawa’s Football Festival
The final day of Frame Football was on 11th of February. Sam, kids and Esperanza staff gave a demonstration about Frame Football to all at the Kangawawa Football Festival. It was organized by Kanagawa Football Federation as a invitational event for football specialists. Besides an introductory lecture, participants had also an opportunity to try the frames out.
Although it was a very cold holiday weekend it was a great start for the new sport. So we can take heart on the future developments of Frame Football. Most importantly, the kids enjoyed the events a lot and we made lot of inroads in PT network and Para sports community. Those aspects are of vital importance to make Frame Football a success story in Japan. Great start is half of the success!
Last but not least Esperanza would like to thank Knights in White Lycra. An amateur international group of men & women who ‘get fit & give back’ through sport & social events. Thanks to their generous support the purchase of 12 custom made frames became a reality!