Today is International Women’s Day, the perfect opportunity to celebrate girls and women everywhere and their successes.
Together, the Chelsea Foundation and our global charity partner, Plan International, have been celebrating all week with a host of activities taking place at Stamford Bridge and Cobham, with Sunday’s game against Wolves being dedicated to Plan International as part of the celebrations.
Plan International is a global children’s charity, working for 80 years in more than 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas. They work to give every child the same chance in life.
Working together since 2015, we use 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.
On Tuesday a host of schools joined us in Cobham for a girls’ football festival with men’s team duo Jorginho and Ruben Loftus-Cheek joining Chelsea Women player Hannah Blundell to support the event.
Later in the week it was the turn of colleges from London and Surrey to visit Cobham with former Women’s captain and club ambassador Katie Chapman the star attraction, while elsewhere our women’s walking football players celebrated International Women’s Day during their weekly training session.
At Stamford Bridge our monthly start-up programme, The Edge of the Box Club, focused on female success stories as our education team joined the fun.
To cap off the celebration, Sunday’s match will be our annual fundraising and awareness game for Plan International with the players warming up in Plan t-shirts, the club donating £1 from each matchday ticket, bucket collections and much more in honour of our ongoing support of the global children’s charity.
Tanya Barron, chief executive of Plan International UK said: ‘Our partnership with Chelsea really gives us the opportunity to showcase the importance of gender equality, as we strive for girls and women to be treated as equals.
‘Sunday’s match will be a celebration of our work together, raising vital funds to transform the lives of children across the world. Thank you to the club and all of Chelsea’s fans for your support. ’
International Women’s Day started in 1911 when more than one million women and men attended rallies to claim women’s right to vote and work and last year marked 100 years since women first won the right to vote in Britain.