BANGKOK SCHOOL WELCOMES CHELSEA FOUNDATION COACHES

Chelsea FC Foundation coaches who are in Thailand as part of the club's pre-season tour visited a project run by our global charity partner Right To Play.

Pupils from the Praya Prasert School in Bangkok welcomed the Foundation coaches as they delivered a series of fun and enjoyable sessions for boys and girls to develop their skills and build teamwork.

'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.'

Right To Play is a leading international humanitarian and development organisation and uses the transformative power of sport and play to build essential skills in children and drive social change in communities affected by war, poverty and disease. The charity works with more than a million children and young people each week, creating safe play spaces for them to learn and build a brighter future.

The partnership between Chelsea Football Club and Right To Play was launched in 2007 and has raised more than £2m to develop more programmes in some of the world's most deprived communities. The two organisations recently announced a further three year extension to the relationship.

James Baulk, global partnerships manager at Right To Play said: 'As Chelsea FC's global charity partner, Right To Play were delighted to welcome the Chelsea Foundation coaches to our programme at the Praya Prasert school in Bangkok. The coaches ran a brilliant session, and the children who took part absolutely loved it.'

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.