A good Plan comes together at the Bridge
news Thu 8 Jun 2017
The latest Champions of Change Cup held at Stamford Bridge proved another great success with 100 people taking part and more than £50,000 raised for Plan International, the club’s charity partner.
This week’s tournament on the hallowed turf was just as hotly contested as last year’s with 10 teams taking part, including the reigning champions Anson Security and Electrical, on a day of typically British weather.
The event was superbly hosted by Plan who will put the money raised to good use in some of the poorest communities in the world in Colombia. Plan Ambassador Adam Heuman explained the work in greater detail.
‘These are communities where violence is an everyday occurrence, where kids don’t have a chance to be educated, and where teenage pregnancy is common,’ he said.
‘What we do in partnership with Chelsea is use football as a tool in our communities. We use the Chelsea brand and the Chelsea players to get kids in our programmes and then we can help them turn their lives around.
‘Football doesn’t solve those problems but what it offers is a way in for us to reach those kids, a way in to give them space to figure out those issues, and over 90 per cent of them say they are better equipped to deal with those challenges than they were at the beginning of the programme.’
Back at the Bridge, Anson Security and Electrical once more advanced to the final but there was to be no repeat of last year’s outcome as Team CBRE edged a tight final 1-0. They received the Cup from Chelsea FC ambassador Tore Andre Flo, himself a long-time supporter of Plan’s work as he told those taking part.
‘I sponsor a child in Benin and I went with Plan International Norway to visit him a few years ago,’ our former striker said.
‘It was a great trip. I took two of my children to visit him as well. It was a great experience and it was all filmed for Norwegian TV.
‘When I went to Benin I saw what the money was being used for: to get clean water, to get better hospitals for the children and you could see how much it helped the community there.
‘Plan International are doing great worth together with Chelsea. Seeing the football here and everyone having a lot of fun, I can only encourage more people to get involved with this tournament.’
There was further excitement over the course of the day with a raffle and crossbar challenge giving competitors chances to win signed memorabilia and tickets to Chelsea matches.
The last word went to Heuman (pictured above addressing the players) who is already getting excited about next year’s tournament.
‘A lot of time and preparation goes in to an event like this and we are grateful to Chelsea for giving us the pitch to use.
‘Also, the team at Plan do an amazing job bringing these teams together, but what we really need is more teams out there getting a chance to experience this fantastic stadium, and so we’d love for even more people to get involved next year.’