Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engine & Turbocharger, Ltd. (MHIET) hosts a program of after-school rugby classes as part of its activities undertaken to contribute to its local community: the city of Sagamihara in Kanagawa Prefecture. The classes are conducted in cooperation with the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Sagamihara DynaBoars-the professional rugby team supported by MHIET-and Sagamiharashi Machimidori, a local public corporation dedicated to improving Sagamihara's environment. Since January 2019, the after-school rugby classes have been conducted seven times.
The classes took place at a playing field within Sagamihara's Yokoyama Park. Each session attracted some 30 elementary and junior high school students. Members of the DynaBoars taught the participants some of the skills they actually use in regular play. The fourth session, on January 30, was especially noteworthy. On that occasion the students received instruction from a special coach: Keiko Kato, a former member of Japan's national women's rugby team. Kato, who is now an MHIET employee, helped all the participants realize how much fun can be derived from rugby, even by girls.
Through rugby, the DynaBoars look to continue instilling in the younger generation-on whose shoulders the future rests-the importance of teamwork, the fortitude to get back on your feet if you fall, and both the disappointment of losing and the joy of winning.
MHI Group on its part will continue to promote good communication with the people living near its plants and other facilities, as a way of deepening ties with its local communities and making local contributions.