CHELSEA FOUNDATION RAISES BLIND FOOTBALL AWARENESS ACROSS SCHOOLS

The Chelsea FC Foundation's Football+ development officer Rob Seale visited schools across Middlesex to provide Blind Football taster sessions and to promote the Paralympics and their values.

The Plan Your 2012 scheme encompasses a network of 173 schools and saw Seale visit six local schools in five days to give 1135 children the chance to experience life as a blind footballer.

Becci Cooke, Surrey Schools Coordinator, said: 'The idea of the taster sessions is to provide as many students as possible with experience of trying a new sport while cooperating the Olympic and Paralympic values.

'We also hope it gives an insight to what it must be like to be disabled and gain some understanding of what that means in terms of commitment, team work etc. We also hope it means they will follow team GB at the Olympics and Paralympic and perhaps get involved in the sport if given the opportunity in the future.'

Seale is due to deliver the first fully-accredited FA Coaching Blind Footballers Course in Leicester on Saturday 14 April. He has also been asked to join the coaching staff of the England Blind Development squad from August at their training base at the RNC in Hereford.

For more information about blind football or any other disability football projects at the club contact Rob Seale on rob.seale@chelseafc.com.