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10.01.22

Elementary School Sports League Urawa Branch supports soccer competition  

“The 44th Saitama City Elementary School Sports League Urawa Branch Soccer Competition” award ceremony was held at Komaba Stadium on 22nd January. Miyuki Yanagita and Hideki Uchidate attended the ceremony.

Miyuki Yanagita of Reds Ladies and Hideki Uchidate from Hometown Promotion Group, Public Relations presented the champion flags to the winning teams.

Grade 6 students from the elementary schools in the Urawa area participated in “The 44th Saitama City Elementary School Sports League Urawa Branch Soccer Competition” with their classmates. Each elementary school selected a class that would represent the school. In total 26 teams, 13 girls’ and 13 boys’ teams representing their schools participated in the competition. This competition has been held for the 44th time this year and has a long history and tradition. Urawa Reds also supports the competition held in Urawa.

Hideki Uchidate also participated in the competition when he was a student at Nishi Urawa Elementary School. Unfortunately, his class was eliminated in the qualifier. He recalls the stiff competition to win the rights to represent the school.

The boys’ final was between Nakacho Elementary School and Oyaguchi Elementary School. The eventual winner was Oyaguchi Elementary School who won with a 3-1 score line. In the ceremony, the school was awarded the champion flag from Uchidate after receiving a certificate and a champion cup.

The girls’ section had 3 groups. As a result of a draw, there were 2 winners from A group. Nakacho Elementary School and Tsujiminami Elementary School. B group winner was Omagi Elementary School and C group winner was Daimon Elementary School. They also received the certificates and the champion cups. Yanagita then presented the champion flags.

All teams that participated today will be invited to “Urawa Reds OB Presents Special Match” in “Saitama Hometown Soccer Fiesta”. A match that Uchidate will also participate in. 【Urawa Reds Official Media (URD : OM)】

■The 44th Saitama City Elementary School Sports League Urawa Branch Soccer Competition, final result
【Boys】
Champion: Oyaguchi Elementary School
2nd: Nakachu Elementary School
3rd: Sakawa Elementary School and Zenmae Elementary School

【Girls】
A group: Champion: Nakacho Elementary School and Tsujiminami Elementary School *2 winners
B group: Champion: Omagi Elementary School, 2nd: Harigaya Elementary School
C group: Champion: Daimon Elementary School, 2nd: Buzo Elementary School

Kazuo Saito, Saitama City Elementary School Sports League President
“This year, the competition was held for the 44th time. I feel the history and tradition. Saitama City has 2 professional teams; Urawa Reds and Omiya Ardija, which makes the city a “Soccer Kingdom”. I am happy that the competition is held here. Also, I feel that Komaba Stadium is “sacred place” not only for Urawa Reds’ but also for us. So it is a wonderful place where children can play soccer.

This year, Urawa Reds also supports the competition, and Yanagita and Uchidate presented the champion flags. It was something very memorable. I think that the children were happy to receive the flags from Reds personnel.”

Miyuki Yanagita
“I was surprised to know that participating teams are actually made up of students from the same classes. What is more, all of participants did their best. This is a very good competition and I thought that this will be a good experience for all of them.
When I was an elementary school student, I do not recall anyone who got frustrated and cried when losing in competitions or games. I believe this will be a really valuable experience for them.”

Hideki Uchidate
“This competition has been held long time ago even when I was an elementary school student. I remember that our class was eliminated in the qualifier to represent the school. It is good that this competition has been continued for a long time.
Today, I presented the champion flag to the champions, but I never thought that I would be a presenter when I was an elementary school student. I think that playing such a role was a good experience for me.”