Chelsea Foundation coaches were in Korea recently as part of a Samsung Smart TV and adidas initiative in Seoul, which saw them offering their expertise to over 180 youngsters.
Children of all abilities took part in the event, after some won their place through an online competition held by Samsung. Other participants came from local football teams, who joined complete beginners to football.
'We were working with children with all levels of ability,' said Chelsea Foundation international development manager Ian Woodroffe. 'All the participants were aged between eight and 14-years-old and some of the players were quite impressive.'
The aim of the trip to Korea was to offer local children a positive experience and teach them about Chelsea's philosophy to the game. Chelsea Foundation coaches hosted a range of training sessions, practices, fun drills and small sided games, whilst also teaching children about fair play and sportsmanship. Our biggest focus was teaching the Children to enjoy the game experience and have fun while learning a little about our culture and Chelsea Football Club along the way.
'It was a really positive experience, it's part of the global work we are doing with Samsung and adidas, so we are looking to travel to Australia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Japan, India and other locations around the globe next year,' added Woodroffe.
'Obviously this was a really positive initial visit, working within a new community, and hopefully we've given the young players a flavour of what happens at Chelsea and how our coaching philosophy works.
'The event itself had a powerful impact joining Chelsea FC and key sponsors Samsung and Adidas together in an event that was enjoyed by parents and the players, it was clear that all parties would like to repeat this fantastic opportunity for young players in Korea in the future.'
We will keep you posted as we engage new communities and fans across the globe over the coming year.