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Panasonic and Myanmar Football Federation Kick Off the First GAMBA Osaka Football Clinic for Youths

Press Release   •   Nov 14, 2014 11:00 SGT

14 November 2014, Yangon, Myanmar – A football clinic led by Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) and Panasonic sponsored Gamba Osaka football club will take place for the first time on 15th and 16th November at the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon. Aimed at developing the skills of young footballers to create the next generation of Myanmar star athletes who will be the pride of the nation, MFF and Panasonic also hope that the football clinic will inspire Myanmar’s youths to build a better life and a better world by keeping an active lifestyle, engaging with their peers and adults, and participate in their community.

The MFF Panasonic Gamba Osaka Football Clinic will see three coaches from the leading Japanese football club engaging with 100 youth and 50 coaches from Yangon and Mandalay divisions and MFF players. The collaboration was initiated from an earlier meeting between Mr.Kazuhiro Tsuga, President of Panasonic Corporation and Mr.Zaw Zaw, President of Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) and is endorsed as one of the events celebrating 60 years of diplomatic friendship between Myanmar and Japan.

Mr. Hisakazu Maeda, Chief Representative of Panasonic Asia Pacific Myanmar Branch said, “Panasonic’s main vision is to encourage the realization of a better life and a better world for people in Myanmar, especially for the younger generations. We believe that sport, especially football which is very popular in the country, is the right medium to show our commitment in supporting the development of the Myanmar’s professional sports teams, as well as promoting universal sportsmanship values for a resilient population.”

Mr Zaw Zaw added, “Panasonic has been a great partner and helped in contributing to our country’s football development by sponsoring the Myanmar National League. I am even more heartened to see that Panasonic took a step further by organizing this football clinic with Gamba Osaka, so that our young footballers and local coaches have the opportunity to interact and learn from a leading Japanese football club. I hope that this will help them grow and become strong professional players of the Myanmar team in the future.”

Other than supporting football development in Myanmar, Panasonic also sponsored the 2013 Southeast Asian Games that were held in Naypyidaw and has been a global Olympic sponsor for more than two decades, demonstrating the company’s commitment of contributing to society’s progress through sports.

For over 50 years, Panasonic has been a trusted brand in Myanmar and is known among consumers for its high-quality and durable product lines available to customers at all socioeconomic levels. From providing consumer products for households – to helping local businesses operate more effectively and efficiently – to lighting the homes, schools and supporting the economic development of rural communities – Panasonic is committed to creating a better life and a better world for people in Myanmar.

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Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and engineering of electronic technologies and solutions for customers in residential, non-residential, mobility and personal applications. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates about 500 consolidated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.74 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2014. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company strives to create a better life and a better world for its customers. For more information about Panasonic, please visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.

About Panasonic Asia Pacific

Panasonic Asia Pacific provides the whole range of the brand’s products and solutions across the South East Asia and Pacific (APAC) region. The company focuses on promoting its Business-to-Business portfolio, such as in the field of energy solutions, whilst maintaining solid Business-to-Consumer growth, in line with the group’s global direction.

The region has 45 manufacturing sites, which hold as a key hub for Panasonic’s global production activities supporting the consumer, solutions and components and devices business. Based in Singapore, Panasonic Asia Pacific regional headquarter encourages locally-initiated energy solutions partnerships and businesses. Panasonic Asia Pacific will continue to promote green innovation and reduce its regional carbon dioxide emissions footprint in support of Panasonic’s global eco initiatives.