Inspiring Indonesia’s young

Coaches from the Chelsea Foundation visited Indonesia last month to deliver a series of coaching clinics for players in West Kalimantan and South Sumatra.

The trip was organised with the help of Weybridge-based company, Cargill, with whom the Foundation have a close working relationship having previously visited Russia, South Africa, Ghana, Romania and Bulgaria with the organisation.

During a hectic trip the coaches, led by Chelsea Foundation area development manager Keith Harmes, made 12 flights and worked with more than 200 children during the seven-day stay.

It was not just children who benefitted from the visit with the coaches also staging presentations on the work of the Chelsea Foundation, and masterclasses for local coaches and teachers on how we plan and deliver sessions.

Harmes, who was joined by Foundation coaches Dean Steninger and Ben Mitchell, and Jan Winteridge from Cargill, said: ‘We believe football is so much more than just a game and trips like this help us show that to a new and deserving audience.

‘Football can help bring people together as well as educate, motivate and inspire young people to develop their potential – not just as players, coaches and teachers but also as people.

‘This is the sixth football event where we’ve collaborated with Cargill, the first in Asia – and very likely not the last. It has been a wonderful experience for the coaches and myself and I am confident all the children and adults have benefitted from and enjoyed our visit.’