The Chelsea FC Foundation recently joined forces with the venerable Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) to hold a community football coaching session for children at an iconic field in the heart of the city state’s civic district.
The event saw coaches from the Chelsea FC International Development Centre Singapore training 35 youngsters including disabled and orphaned children from Indonesia and Thailand to play football the Chelsea Way on the lush green pitch of the Padang, which has been home to the SCC for 167 years.
The youngsters from Thailand’s Youth Football Home and Indonesia’s Bali Sports Foundation, joined CFC International Development Centre Singapore students and SCC members for the fun and engaging session which were held in the build-up to the annual SCC Soccer 7s.
‘It was a great privilege to deliver this coaching session to the children on the Padang, which provided a great backdrop for our activities,’ said Chelsea FC Foundation football development officer James Hagerty.
‘We thank the Singapore Cricket Club for inviting us to deliver our session on their field ahead of the SCC Soccer 7s. To bring players into Singapore from across the region to train alongside the boys and girls who are part of our Singaporean programme demonstrates the club’s commitment to reaching out to football fans across Asia.
‘We are looking forward to collaborating closely with SCC in the near future to provide more boys, girls and adults the chance to learn from our team of Chelsea FC coaches.’
SCC Soccer 7s chairman Amos Boon was delighted with the positive response to the coaching session delivered to the children by the Chelsea FC Foundation.
‘The Chelsea FC International Development Centre Singapore and Singapore Cricket Club were connected only recently and the timing was perfect for us to invite them to not only be part of our tournament but also our CSR program,’ said Boon.
‘Bali Sports Foundation’s mission is to provide disabled youths a platform to excel in sports, while Youth Football Home Phuket provides housing, education and sports exposure for orphans. As part of our CSR program, SCC provides these teams with a competitive football opportunity and also an opportunity to experience our country through an educational and fun itinerary while they are here.
‘The clinic which James Hagerty and his team conducted was met with overwhelming demand and there were many happy faces at the end of the session. We are also hoping to establish more with Chelsea in the near future.
‘What was great to see were the coaches conducting the session very smoothly and engaging the kids not only with instructions and tips, but also allowing them to express themselves on the field.’
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