Shimadzu Breakers Hold Training Session for Local High School Tennis Players!
On June 3, Shimadzu’s tennis team, the “SHIMADZU Breakers,” organized and held a training session for local high school students!
Nine female high school students recommended by the Kyoto Tennis Association participated in the event, and employee players served as coaches.
Intensive Training Session from Basics to Practice
The training session was organized by the “SHIMADZU Breakers” tennis team with the hope of strengthening the skills and motivation of young players who are active in the local area of Kyoto.
Participants worked intensively from basics to practice in two hours, practicing the routines and game-style exercises that employee players Suzuho Oshino and Ari Matsumoto use to train on a daily basis.
The Breakers acted as practice partners, and although there were some exercises where the young players leaped breathlessly from side to side, they all chased the ball without giving up until the very end! Seeing this, the players who participated as coaches said they also felt energized!
Matsumoto giving advice to the participants
Oshino rallying with participants
The Breakers are also actively involved in other community activities, such as the regular “SHIMADZU Junior Tennis School,” which is held for local children.
Employee Players Who Took Part as Coaches
“SHIMADZU Breakers” has four professional contract players (Hiroko Kuwata, Haruka Kaji, Mai Hontama, and Anri Nagata) and two employee players (Oshino and Matsumoto).
The two employee players who took part in the training sessions this time practice tennis while working on weekdays. They are aiming for higher rankings in the National Sports Festival of Japan, the All Japan Tennis Championships, and the Shimadzu All Japan Indoor Tennis Championships, of which Shimadzu is a special sponsor. They contributed to the Breakers’ victory last year by supporting the team on and off the court in the “Tennis Japan League,” which decides the ranking of corporate teams.
Looking Back on the Event
Here are some comments from Oshino and Matsumoto, who worked on the project from planning to coaching on the day of the event.
In the summer, there will be big competitions for Japanese high school students, such as the Inter-High School Championships and the All-Japan Junior Tennis Championships. These are tournaments that we, too, had set a goal of playing in when we were juniors! We hope that this training session contributed in some way to the enthusiasm of the participants and their motivation for the competitions.
All members of “SHIMADZU Breakers” will work hard to achieve high goals at each stage in order to continue to promote sports in Kyoto together with other athletes who are also active in Kyoto!
This event was limited to certified players for Kyoto Prefecture. We organized this event with the hope that local students will be able to get as close as possible to their individual goals for the summer tournaments. Although the session was short, only two hours, we introduced the web column we write, practiced the routines that we usually do, and finally practiced in a game format that is closer to real competition.
As players in the same local community, we had a great opportunity to have fun and practice with everyone. I would be happy if we can continue to value our connection with the local community and build a relationship for working hard together.