Chelsea and Plan to continue successful partnership

Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the extension of our partnership with Plan International for a further three seasons.

It is almost three years since Chelsea and Plan launched our global charity partnership and the new agreement will allow us to continue working together to improve the lives of thousands of young people, helping some of the world’s poorest children fulfil their potential.

Plan International works in more than 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, and has been promoting the rights of children for 80 years through its work in education, healthcare, water and sanitation.

The extension of our partnership (launched with the help of captain Gary Cahill and Chelsea Ladies captain Katie Chapman, pictured) will see Chelsea support Plan’s activity throughout the world, raising funds and awareness for the charity.

We will also proudly display the Plan logo on the men’s Champions League shirts and on all shirts for Chelsea Ladies European, WSL and domestic cup matches.

Chelsea Football Club Chairman Bruce Buck said: ‘We are delighted to extend our partnership with Plan International and continue to build upon the outstanding work we have done together since 2015.

‘Our partnership has benefitted young people in many parts of the world and underlines our commitment to use football as a force for good. We look forward to working with Plan over the next three years and sharing our expertise and vision to benefit young people in some of most of the world’s most vulnerable communities.’

Our partnership uses the reach and power of football to help transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest children. We have not only been raising vital funds to help children into football and out of poverty, but to also challenge and breakdown barriers, especially those faced by girls.

Thanks to the partnership, Plan International has supported Syrian refugee children in Egypt to rebuild their lives and used football to help combat practices such as child marriage in Tanzania and Malawi.

Meanwhile, Chelsea Ladies defender Claire Rafferty travelled to Colombia earlier this year to sample first-hand how we’re using football to help boys and girls overcome the violence and discrimination they face through our Champions of Change programme.

Club ambassador and assistant to first-team head coach Carlo Cudicini has also joined Plan abroad, in Ghana in 2015, visiting a female football programme in Timber Nkwanta. Plan has been working in Ghana since 2011 as part of their child sponsorship programme, where supporters donate regularly to sponsor a child, with the funds benefitting the whole community.

Chelsea Foundation coaches continue to work with our Plan counterparts throughout the world, including recent trips to India and China while domestically, the club has supported International Women’s Day and Day of the Girl to build awareness for Plan’s continued work towards global equality. 

Tanya Barron, CEO of Plan International UK said: ‘Across the world Plan International and Chelsea are using the power of football to help educate young people, especially girls – making sure they stay in school longer, marry later and have the chance to fulfil their potential.

‘Thanks to the continued support from Chelsea FC and all of your fans we will together help transform the lives of many more disadvantaged children globally.’

Join us in celebrating our work with our global charity partner at our match this Saturday against Newcastle. For more information on our partnership please visit plan-uk.org/Chelsea