The atmosphere at the ground was friendly and relaxed. On this particular day the training session, which started at 11am, was only a light session involving a period of jogging and stretches for the main squad. This was because the team had played a friendly game the day before against Matsumoto Yamaga. Most of the players finished after the stretches but a small group of the squad including Kota Ueda set up a small pitch with small sized goals and practiced their passing and movement in a kind of 5 a side game. All the players and the new coach were very friendly and welcoming to all the fans who were there to watch the session. They took time to talk to the fans, sign autographs and have their photos taken with the fans. I could not imagine such a scenario happening these days in the major European leagues, at least not in such a relaxed atmosphere. It was a great morning so thank you to the players and staff of Omiya Ardija.
Ardy Road signpost!
the main building
the Orange shop for Ardija merchandise
the players jogging round
some of the players practicing
the fans lined up waiting to get the players' signatures and photos
the Ardija van
Cho taking a having a long chat with his fans
Ardija vending machine