Plan celebrated on pitch

Chelsea Football Club are celebrating our partnership with Plan International at today's match after announcing this week they will continue as our global charity partner for a further three seasons.

It is almost three years since Chelsea and Plan launched our 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, with the Blues supporting their activity around the globe as well as raising funds and awareness for the charity.

The players are giving their backing today by warming up in Plan's colours, and a video message from Hennock, a young football fanatic from Ethiopia, will be shown on the big screen at Stamford Bridge.

There are bucket collections raising funds for Plan around the stadium, with the club also donating a percentage of ticket sales for today's match to support the charity's work in more than 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, where Plan have been promoting the rights of children for 80 years through its work in education, healthcare, water and sanitation.

The club also display the Plan logo on the men's Champions League shirts and Chelsea Ladies shirts for every game.

The Chelsea Ladies match against Yeovil Town today will also celebrate the ongoing partnership with Plan International, where the team will warm up in Plan’s colours and you will see the Plan logo on the back of their shirts.

Since September 2015, Plan International and Chelsea have made a difference to more than 7,000 children throughout the world, using football to engage and educate young people.

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 first-team coach Carlo Cudicini has also joined Plan abroad, visiting 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 have supported International Women’s Day and Day of the Girl to build awareness for Plan’s continued work towards global equality. 

We aim to build on this in future, transforming the lives of thousands more children around the world, especially girls, harnessing the power of football to raise awareness and help young people have a brighter future.

For more information on our partnership please visit www.plan-uk.org/chelsea