RIGHT TO PLAY RAISE BIG MONEY AT THE BRIDGE
Chelsea's global charity partner Right To Play hosted a hugely successful day on the pitch at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, with a double-header of events raising £175,000.
The morning saw 22 fans line up in Chelsea kit after buying their places via an eBay auction which raised £25,000, with the 'home' team running out 8-2 winners, before the afternoon's seventh annual Right To Play World Cup, with representatives from 20 companies raising an additional £150,000.
The overall winners of the seven-a-side competition were Linklaters United, who triumphed over Lonestar Capital in the final, while in the plate competition, CVC Capital beat Moelis & Company.
One of the goalkeepers in the morning session, Amir Halilovic, pictured below in action, explained his involvement. 'I am a big fan of Chelsea, and one of my mates told me about it. It's a lifetime's experience so that's why I came, and I paid £350. It's worth it but I am missing the helmet!'
The charity's UK director of development, Phil King, was delighted with how the day turned out. 'Right To Play was delighted to host a fantastic day of football at Stamford Bridge,' he said. 'Not only did the hundreds of players have a day they'll never forget but the money raised will enable Right To Play to reach over 5000 children in our life-changing programmes, at least twice a week for a year.
'This event capped off an incredible season of support from Chelsea FC where we have seen the team wear our logo in another triumphant season in Europe, while the club has helped us to raise over £250,000 and renewed our partnership for a further three seasons. We would like to thank everyone at the club for their on-going support, and every company and individual who made our day at Stamford Bridge such a success.'
Chelsea and Right To Play have worked closely since 2007. Right To Play use sport and play to educate and empower more than one million children in over 20 countries every week. Their logo is worn on Chelsea kits in European competition, and was present when we lifted both the Champions League and Europa League trophies in the past two seasons.
Photos courtesy of Brandon Griffiths.