Sapporo Dome in Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido held a football/futsal enjoy event in February featuring One Goal. The event was dubbed the 2016 Consadole Espolada Cup, in it's 16th edition, with the support of the local Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo and Espolada Hokkaido.
More than 4,100 participants from 384 different teams of 69 municipalities in Hokkaido took part in the event. Young footballers, elementary school boys and girls, were divided into the groups of U-6, U-8, U-10, U-12, U-15, and U-18. Adult participants including seniors and players with disabilities were also divided into categories. A "Ladies" category of mothers of the participating boys teams also took part in the event. Overall, 14 categories of participants helped to make this event an even challenge among footballers who gained the chance to rival their peers on the pitch.
This football event has a rich history; One Goal was proud to be invited and featured with the support from the Hokkaido football association. Leaflets and informational cards were given out to tell the participating players, their families and other football families about the present situations of food insecurity and malnutrition for the Asian children including the double burden of under-nutrition and obesity. Consadole's Dolekun and Espolada's Rispokun visited the One Goal booth promoting the message of nutrition and helping One Goal to fundraise.
Participants of the event raised 9,109 yen that will support One Goal work in Jordan providing football pitches and a youth league for refugee children of Syria.
The Japan Football Association will continue promoting the important message of nutrition encouraging young athletes to participate in sport and consume a nutrient-rich diet.
Professional footballer Yuto Horigome (Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo midfielder) shared this message on the importance of eating right: "Hokkaido is known for its abundant agriculture. To become a strong athlete, training, resting, and eating are 3 key factors. Don’t just eat your favorites, eat everything on your plate. Vegetables include very important nutrition so eat them even if you don’t like them. Remember that sooner you eat after training the better. Get the nutrition you need and become a strong player!"
Read this story from the Japan Football Association.