Coaches from the Chelsea Foundation have enjoyed a few days in New York delivering a series of coaching clinics for youngsters and coaches in the city, in association with principal club partner Yokohama...
The week of activity alongside partner club FC Harlem was delivered by Foundation coaches Chris Woodward and Matt Brown and included coach education at Randall’s Island Park with a coaching session for the under-15 side of Manhattan Soccer Club before.
This was followed by free in schools coaching at St Mark the Evangelist School for youngsters within the local communities of Harlem and a Yokohama Skills Challenge 24 hours later, again at Randall’s Island.
The four-day activity concluded with coaching clinics for FC Harlem and players from the LIONS (Leaders in our Neighbourhood) programme as well as adults within the local communities.
The work in New York follows hot on the heels of Foundation coaches travelling to Atlanta to run bespoke coaching clinics with youth development partners Southern Soccer Academy (SSA).
This year will see Yokohama Tires partner directly with youth soccer clubs and tournaments to deliver programmes that offers a range of free opportunities that include, coach education workshops, a skill challenge with special Chelsea FC and Yokohama prizes along with free coaching clinics in the community.
Chelsea Foundation’s senior development officer for the USA, Chris Woodward, said: ‘It has been great being part of the first two events in Atlanta and New York, giving back to local coaches with Coach education workshops not only cements the relationships we already have in these locations but also engages with coaches from wider communities.
‘During the time out in New York we reached out to local schools to deliver free in schools coaching and sessions for the FC Harlem LIONS U19 squad in partnership with our club partner Yokohama, we look forward to remaining events across the US this year.’
Chelsea Foundation international development manager Ian Woodroffe added: ‘I believe this programme is a great way to positively engage the USA youth soccer football community.
‘Combining Chelsea Foundation coaches and the Yokohama brand at these events really demonstrates the relationship in action as we meet lots of soccer players and parents through these events.
‘There is a lot to look forward to through this partnership including the Needham Memorial Day Tournament Driven by Yokohama in Boston during May.’