Coaching and fun on day one

It was a busy first day for Chelsea in Japan with a number of children taking part in coaching sessions as well as having the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Premier League trophy.

After a hugely successful trip to Bangkok, the tour has now moved on to Tokyo where various coaching sessions were held over the course of today.

The first of those took place this morning at the British International School, where our expert coaches from the Chelsea Foundation worked with 44 girls, all aged between 11 and 13, before passing on their knowledge and advice to two further mixed groups between the ages of six and eight.

The aim of the sessions was to introduce the youngsters to the Chelsea football philosophy, and once the action on the pitch was completed, they were thrilled to be able to see the Premier League trophy, held aloft by Antonio Conte's team in May, at such close quarters.

Early in the afternoon St Mary’s International School played host to a visit from the trophy, ahead of a coaching session with the school’s teams on Saturday. It was there that our group were given a wonderful welcome as they were met by members of staff and over 60 players across the various age groups, all between the ages of eight and 18, and desperate to catch a glimpse of the trophy.

There was a huge round of applause as the trophy was placed on the base for photo opportunities and there was certainly no shortage of interest. Even some of the kitchen staff put their work on hold temporarily to take advantage of a rare chance.

The final event of the day took place at the Diaba Soccer five-a-side facility, where our Foundation coaches oversaw a fun and productive training session which was laid on for 38 players from across three local sides, all of whom received a medal and had their photo taken with the trophy.

It will be another busy day in Tokyo tomorrow, with Frank Lampard involved, and you will be able to read all about it on this website.

You can watch a video of today's coaching sessions below.



Features 08/11/2017