The Chelsea FC Foundation is proud to announce a new partnership with the International Football Academy of Cyprus (IFA) to provide grass roots football to males and females of all abilities.
Chelsea Foundation coaches will work with IFA, a grassroots football organisation, at their current facilities in Nicosia and Larnaca with hopes of expanding to other towns in the country in the future.
The first year of the initiative will see Chelsea Foundation coaches visit Cyprus in March to provide coaching sessions to IFA players. During the visit, Foundation coaches will also pass on their footballing expertise to IFA coaches, who will continue using Chelsea Foundation football coaching methods throughout the year.
Year two of the programme will combine a further three visits by Chelsea FC Foundation coaches to Cyprus with a five-day trip to the club's Cobham training ground for IFA coaches and players next summer.
In addition to this, children representing IFA will also have the opportunity of visiting Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea Football Club, as well as playing other football teams in the UK.
Kypros Shacolas, the IFA Chairman said: 'We are really proud to be associated with the Chelsea Foundation and all that this entails and we look forward to a successful and meaningful relationship. Our kids will be proud to wear the Chelsea FC Foundation logo on their shirts and they feel privileged by the fact that they will have the opportunity to be coached by Chelsea FC Foundation Coaches in Cyprus and at Chelsea's training facilities in Cobham, England.
'The importance for us here is that children will be able to participate and enjoy the experience irrespective of their abilities. We would like to think that we are offering a unique service to the young football community of Cyprus, where, through sport, children will be developed, coached and taught the fundamental principles of growing up in a correct and healthy way, preparing them for today's society.'