BANGKOK, THAILAND (JULY 12, 2013) – Forty students at
Praya Prasert School in Bangkok got a football lesson today from some of the best. The 20 girls and 20 boys engaged in regular Right To Play programs welcomed three coaches from the Chelsea Football Club Foundation for a Football for Development session.
The coaches, who were taking a break from
the club’s pre-season tour in Thailand, spent the morning with the kids, teaching them not only football skills, but critical life skills like teamwork and cooperation.
“Going out into the communities where we tour is always something that we look forward to,” said Ian Woodroffe, International Development Manager of the Foundation. “The enthusiasm among the children is such a wonderful boost and I know the coaches really enjoy delivering these sessions. Giving something back to the communities we work in is behind everything we do and days like today underlines the importance of this work.”
"As Chelsea FC's global charity partner, we are delighted to welcome the Chelsea Foundation coaches to our program,” said James Baulk, Global Partnerships Manager at Right To Play. “The coaches ran a brilliant session, and the children who took part absolutely loved it."
Working in more than 20 countries, we reach a million children in our weekly play programs. We believe that through playing sports and games, we can help children build the essential life skills to better their futures and drive lasting social change.
We share that belief with Chelsea FC, who have supported Right To Play as their global charity partner since 2007. Chelsea has raised more than £2 million to us fund and develop programs for children facing adversity worldwide. A testament to the strength of the partnership, last November, we announced that we are extending the relationship for three more years.
Chelsea FC will take the field at Bangkok’s Rajamangala National Stadium on July 17 to face the Singha All Stars for an international friendly. Both teams will be carrying our iconic Red Ball as they make their entrance.
Right To Play and the Praya Prasert School:
Right To Play began work with the Praya Prasert School in 2011 where it trains the teachers to integrate life skills into the curriculum through sport and play activities. More than 1,600 students participate in sport and play activities weekly to foster healthy relationships, build life skills and positive values and to strengthen education.