• Latest News - October 3, 2014

    Girls shine on and off the pitch through play

    We're lending our support to Chelsea Ladies FC ahead of their crucial clash with Everton on Sunday, a match that will go a long way to deciding if the Blues are crowned FA Women’s Super League champions for the first time in their history.

    Through our partnership with Chelsea FC, we are able to make a difference in the lives of women and girls around the world. Our unique approach of using sport and structured play to bring about change is a powerful tool to challenge inequality and to empower women and girls.

    Of the one million children we reach through weekly sport and play activities, 50% are girls. Of our 16,400 Coaches, 56% are female. As a result, women and girls are gaining confidence, strength, and knowledge. They are better able to make important choices to protect themselves from disease, to attend and stay in school, and to resolve conflict and create peaceful communities.

    Britain’s number one female alpine skier Chemmy Alcott is a Right To Play Ambassador. Chemmy is currently in Rwanda visiting Right To Play programs, where female children and youth report more positive relations with adults, as well as an increased influence on community-level decisions, as a result of being involved in Right To Play programs. Parents and community members have also reported increased confidence and ambition among girls, as well as increased inclusion of girls in sport and play opportunities.

    Chemmy sent this message ahead of the Ladies match on Sunday:

    “All the young women and girls out here in Rwanda are rooting for the Chelsea Ladies team and wish them every success for their game on Sunday.

    Being out here in Rwanda I can see first-hand the impact sport and play has on girls and young women. Sport is such a powerful tool for social change and it is great to see this in action at home and abroad.”