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Epson and Matsumoto Yamaga FC to Partner in an International Exchange Program by the Football Association of Singapore

- Six players from the Singapore Youth Academy to train with Matsumoto Yamaga FC -

National Football Academy's U-15 boys (left to right)
- Muhammad nur Adam bin Abdullah, Ashley Yong Cheng Wai,
Coach Rob Servais, Elijah Lim Teck Yong, Christian Chiang Moroni

- TOKYO, Japan, June 13, 2016 -

Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") and Group company Epson Singapore Pte. Ltd. will be partnering with the Football Association of Singapore and the Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club on an international exchange program that will take place from June 12-20, 2016.

Under this exchange program, six youngsters (four Under-15 and two Under-14 players) recommended by the Football Association of Singapore will fly to Japan, where they will train at the Matsumoto Yamaga FC Youth Academy and see the sights of Nagano prefecture. The program aims to promote goodwill and friendship between Japan and Singapore, as well as to promote sports and the healthy development of young people with an international outlook.

The six boys from the Singapore National Football Academy were selected to participate in the program by Coach Robbie Servais based on their technical skills, discipline, and attitude. The boys will train and live with the Japanese club team, staying in the Matsumoto Yamaga FC dormitory. They are also scheduled to observe a practice session of Yamaga's top team, tour the Epson Head Office in Suwa, participate in a volunteer activity at Alwin Stadium and take in a J-League match.

This will be the second consecutive year for Epson to organize the exchange program, and in light of the benefits seen from the program last year, a decision was made to increase the number of athletes participating from three last year to six this year, and to enhance the training regimen by participating in a practice match and so forth.

Epson Singapore has a sponsorship agreement with the Football Association of Singapore. The agreement brings benefits to both the Football Association of Singapore, which wants to develop its young talent, and Epson Singapore, which wants to promote local sales and contribute to the community through CSR activities. The exchange program, which is part of the sponsorship program, was realized with the endorsement of Matsumoto Yamaga FC, which is looking to attract fans in Asia, and the mediation and support of Epson, which sponsors Matsumoto Yamaga FC.

Tan May Lin, manager of Epson Singapore's Sales and Marketing Department, says, "In order to bridge the gap in international exposure that our local youth footballers receive compared to their regional counterparts, Epson is proud to be able to facilitate the overseas attachment again this year. We have expanded the program to include a larger contingent, and this latest regime will see the boys receive more training, based on feedback from both coaches and the boys last year. We hope to inspire and help nurture more youths to realize their dreams and develop strong values through sports, especially football,"

Takeshi Yamazaki, academy director of Kabushiki Kaisha Matsumoto Yamaga, says
"We greatly welcome the continuation of this exchange program and wish to thank everyone at Epson, our club's main sponsor, and Epson Singapore who made it happen. There is no doubt that this international exchange with Singapore, which is in line with the J League's Asian business expansion strategy and one-country one-club exchange program, will be a step toward globalizing our club's brand.

"Apart from training daily on the Karigane Ground in Matsumoto, the six players from the academy will participate in a practice match as members of the Matsumoto Yamaga football club and receive individual training. They will also do some sightseeing in Matsumoto, stay in the Matsumoto Yamaga dormitory, and experience Japanese culture. We will also have them help run a home game (against Yamagata) in packed Alwin Stadium and enjoy a live match.

"We hope that this exchange program will be a catalyst to further development of the relationship between the Football Association of Singapore and our club and that, through the agency of athletics, we contribute to exchanges and friendship between our two countries", he added.

"Since last year's attachment, we've seen Adam and Elijah progress both on and off the pitch in their skills and attitudes, and they've grown to become role models to their team mates and juniors. This trip would allow the boys to grow even further still in terms of technique, learning from some of the best in Asia. More importantly, we want to get the boys to change their mind-set and awareness, and learn (from the Japanese players on how) to influence their environment in Singaporean football," said Rob Servais, head coach of the Singapore U-15 squad, National Football Academy, Football Association of Singapore.

Epson will continue to look to the world's most popular sport to find opportunities to help fulfill its corporate social responsibility while simultaneously increasing its brand recognition, capturing new customers, and growing its business.

The program participants from the Singapore Youth Academy

Name Category Comments
Ashley Yong Cheng Wai U15  
Muhammad nur Adam bin Abdullah U15 Participated last year
Christian Chiang Moroni U15  
Elijah Lim Teck Yong U15 Participated last year
Chua Zikos Vasileios Ming Xun U14  
Marc Ryan Tan Wei Ming U14  

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