Aya Noguchi (Co-Director)

She is currently an assistant professor at Juntendo Univ. Her areas of expertise are Sport and Development and Sport and Gender and Sexuality. She was a football player in Japan, USA, and Sweden until 2014, when she finished her professional contract. After retiring, she lived in Zambia for 6 months, having practical experience tackling gender-related issues through sport. Starting in 2015, she worked for the International Affairs Division of the Japan Sports Agency (the government of Japan) for two and half years, focusing on gender and sport as well as sport for development. Besides her university job, she has done several lectures and been involved in some SDP and gender and sport projects run by NGOs or sport organizations.

Yuiko Inoue (Co-Director)

She is currently a master’s student and practitioner of Sport for Development and Peace through her role as  the Methodological Coordinator of Barça Foundation FutbalNet program. She was a former football player in Japan and in the USA, from 2006 until 2012 (Including theJEF United Chiba Ladies in the NADESHIKO Division 1 League – which is the highest women’s football League in Japan).  Yuiko was also selected as one of the members of the U-16 Women’s national football team in 2007 and contributed to achieving 2nd place in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Football Championship. She also competed in the U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2008, and the AFC U-19 Women’s Football Championship in 2009. She finished her football career at the age of 21 with the New York Magic as her last club. After retiring, she lived in Bhutan for two years as a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) volunteer, teaching physical education and promoting sports. She then transitioned to the Japan Football Association (JFA) where she worked as a Coordinator of JFA Kokoro Project until 2019. Besides her studies, she has also been involved with other NGO works.

Yuki Shigenami (Board Member)

She was born in Kanazawa city, Ishikawa prefecture. In high school, she won the High School Women’s Football National Championship twice, as a member of Tokiwagi Gakuen High School – one of the best high schools for women’s football in Japan. After graduating high school, she played for the JEF United Chiba Ladies in the NADESHIKO Division 1 League (the highest women’s football league in Japan), simultaneously obtaining a kindergarten teacher Type 1 license. In 2012, after finishing her football career, she became a kindergarten teacher, which was one of her childhood dreams. And in 2017, she obtained a childcare qualification to extend her work. At S.C.P. Japan, she is in charge of the activities-based education program and public relations.