Big Issue Japan’s football coach awarded for empowering young people

Big Issue Japan’s football team volunteer coach Yoshiki Hiruma (29) has been awarded the Youth Empowerment Award by the Development Association for Youthleaders (DAY) in Japan.

The award is presented to 20-30 year olds who raised ambition and inspiration among young generations and those who contributed in discovering such young leading figures. Mr Hiruma is one of the seven winners of this year’s award.

Whilst working at the Development Bank of Japan, the 29 year-old is involved in various movements in social issues such as emergency and risk management, homelessness and education as well as coaching Nobushi, a football team comprised of vendors of The Big Issue Japan and a Japan’s national team for the Homeless World Cup.

Mr Hiruma is specialised in finance and urban disaster mitigation engineering.

The ceremony will be held in Tokyo, Japan on 24 January 2013. The Big Issue Japan said that players of the Nobushi team will join the ceremony.

Nobushi first particpated in the Homeless World Cup in 2004