Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce Plan International as our new global charity partner.
The agreement will transform the lives of thousands of young people, helping some of the world’s poorest children fulfil their potential.
Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children’s development charities, supporting more than 80 million young people and their communities in 51 countries through education projects, improving healthcare and campaigning for children’s rights.
The three-year partnership (launched with the help of captain John Terry and Chelsea Ladies captain Katie Chapman, pictured above) will see Chelsea support Plan’s activity in Africa, Asia and South America, raising funds and awareness for the charity. Plan’s logo will also feature on our European shirts, starting with Wednesday’s Champions League match at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Together we will develop a football-themed programme, ‘Champions of Change’. This will harness the power of football to teach both boys and girls about equality and respect. By using the global appeal of Chelsea and the popularity of football, the programme will engage with hard-to-reach, marginalised teenagers.
Chelsea Football Club Chairman Bruce Buck said: ‘We are passionate advocates of using football as a force for good within all our communities and we’re delighted to be working with Plan and excited about what this partnership can achieve.
‘Chelsea’s profile combined with Plan’s expertise means that together we can support more young people throughout the world using the power of sport to inspire and educate.’
Tanya Barron, Plan International UK’s Chief Executive, said: ‘Chelsea Football Club and Plan International have a shared goal - championing the rights of children.
‘Working with Chelsea will take Plan’s work to the next level. Together, we can deliver sustainable change for children in the poorest communities, by using football to reach the most marginalised groups of young people and by introducing Plan to a new global audience.’