Coaches of English Premier League team Manchester United held a soccer class on Tuesday for primary school students in Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture, an area that was hard-hit two years ago by a disastrous earthquake and tsunami.
Around 30 students from Fukushima and neighboring Yamagata Prefecture played soccer with the delegation, including with former England international Andrew Cole.
On Saturday, the coaches will also visit and give soccer lessons to students living in the prefectures of Miyagi and Iwate – other two areas that were badly affected by the natural disaster in 2011, according to Kyodo news agency.
Alumni players and coaches will teach the children, with a total of some 100 people participating. The left lessons will be held on March 28-29 in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, and on the March 30 in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, the local press reports.
It is an action Manchester United will keep doing every year until 2015 as part of reconstruction support for the areas that were hardly-hit two years ago, after the tsunami.
Manchester United soccer club and Japanese food maker Kagome made a deal in October 2012 in order to sponsor such actions and have since considered ways to support the affected areas.