CHELSEA FOUNDATION AND RIGHT TO PLAY TEAMWORK IN THAILAND
Chelsea FC Foundation coach David Monk led a football for development session at our Bangkok Soccer School earlier this month, in association with our global charity partner Right To Play.
Monk was joined by 20 youngsters from Wat Uthai School in Thailand for the session at Bangkok's Super Kick facility - home to the Chelsea FC Soccer School Thailand.
The 10 girls and 10 boys who took part in the session were selected by their teachers for their contributions to the school's Right To Play club, where the charity have been working since 2010.
Monk, the senior international development officer for the Chelsea Foundation, said: 'We wanted to ensure these children had an opportunity to experience Chelsea FC first hand in their environment, as all of these young players do not have the chance to visit Stamford Bridge
'The sessions were designed so that each player had maximum contact time with a Chelsea FC coach; working on improving technique in a fun and enjoyable format.
'Travelling internationally for Chelsea FC I am always passionate about working with Right To Play and consider it a highlight of my tours, I enjoy engaging with the wider community; in particular school groups as they show such enthusiasm towards our club and are always appreciative of providing them with a once in a lifetime opportunity.'
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.
Jacob Murray, country manager, Right To Play Thailand Foundation, said: 'For these children, who come from low income and single-parent families, this was an opportunity of a lifetime. For the Chelsea Football Club Foundation to take the time and spend it passing on football and leadership skills to these children means so much.
'Through football and sport, children learn valuable life skills such as teamwork, cooperation, and fair play. And having the session delivered by the Chelsea Football Club Foundation Coaches, in a fun and positive way, allows these life skills to be easily transferred.
'Thanks again to David Monk and his team for making such a positive contribution to these children's development.'