Foundation coaches go big in Japan

The Chelsea Foundation continued its strong engagement in Japan with the recent visit of two of our coaches to deliver a coach education course, and to conduct training sessions for youngsters at the Chelsea FC Soccer School Tokyo.

The partnership between the Chelsea Foundation and our Tokyo soccer school began four years ago and our coaches have made a number of visits to the facility in the Japanese capital to help strengthen our ever-growing relationship.

On the most recent visit late last month, Max Fouracre, technical support officer Asia, and Laurence Griffin, regional football development officer Asia, conducted an education course for five coaches from Chelsea FC Soccer School Tokyo.

The course featured classroom sessions focusing on the key details of creating a safe and enjoyable environment with positive learning outcomes, as well as on-field delivery, which focused on players being active and engaged throughout the session.

The coaches also engaged throughout the week with over 175 boys and girls who attend the Tokyo soccer school on a regular basis.

Fouracre said: ‘It is always great to re-visit Japan to get an opportunity to educate more coaches and give them an insight to the Chelsea way of coaching.

‘They will have a stronger impact than we will ever have as they get to work with their players on a weekly basis.

Griffin added: ‘It is important to support all of our soccer schools throughout Asia as we continue to grow our Chelsea family around the globe, offering a genuine Chelsea FC experience.’

Akihiro Nakajima, the technical director of Chelsea FC Soccer School Tokyo, expressed delight at the Foundation’s continued engagement with our Japanese partners.

‘With London being a long way from Tokyo we appreciate the regular support we receive and do not feel the physical distance,’ he said.

‘All of the Chelsea FC Soccer School Tokyo kids and parents are extremely happy that they can play soccer and be members of the Chelsea family. Our staff and I will continue to pass the Chelsea way on to the Japanese players.’