Dreams, ambitions and setbacks discussed

Wednesday this week marked International Day of the Girl and as part of the club’s support for the day, in association with global charity partner Plan International, the Chelsea Foundation visited local schools to deliver educational sessions to girls.

The day not only celebrates the achievement of girls around the world but also highlights the changes that need to be made to ensure girls are not discriminated against.

As partners, Chelsea FC and Plan International are working together to help transform the lives of thousands of children through the reach and power of football. Chelsea Ladies led that support with a host of players taking time out to discuss barriers that girls are facing globally.

Youngsters from Servite Primary School and St Francis of Assisi Primary School took part in the sessions held on Wednesday where they learnt about empowerment, identity and resilience before taking part in football activities.

Chelsea Foundation school education co-ordinator Ashley Snadden said: ‘We’ve come here to raise awareness of some of the challenges that girls face, especially in under-developed countries.

‘Through a powerpoint and different activities we’ve discussed with the girls about women having the empowerment to succeed.

‘We spoke about their dreams and ambitions and we spoke about the fact that they will have setbacks throughout their different journeys.

‘But when they do have those setbacks it’s about how they bounce back from those and a lot of them understood that they have to try and try again. That’s the key message that we want them to take away with them.’

To find out more about International Day of the Girl and how you can join us in helping break the barriers girls are facing around the world, visit plan-uk.org/breakthebarriers