Monday’s match against West Ham United is the return of our annual Game for Equality – Chelsea FC’s celebration of our equality and diversity work.
Chelsea is committed to creating an inclusive club where diversity is valued and everyone – from our players and fans through to our staff and volunteers - feels welcome, valued and included as part of the Chelsea FC community.
To celebrate this, prior to kick-off the squad will warm up in Game for Equality t-shirts and wear the Building Bridges logo on their kit with pride. The match coincides with the Premier League’s weeks of action as part of their No Room For Racism campaign and will also recognise and celebrate Kick It Out’s 25th anniversary.
Through Building Bridges, our club-wide equality initiative, we bring together anti-discrimination campaigns and charities as well as football authorities, to highlight the importance of tackling all forms of discrimination and ensuring we are a club for everyone.
Cesar Azpilicueta, who has worn the specially designed Kick It Out captain’s armband, as part of the campaign said: ‘I’m proud to play for a club where everyone is welcome, whoever they are, whatever their background and wherever they come from.
‘At Chelsea being different is what makes us strong and helps us to be successful on and off the pitch. The Game for Equality is a great opportunity to celebrate that.’
At half-time, participants from the Chelsea Foundation disability football programme will take to the pitch for a once-in-a-lifetime penalty shoot-out, while throughout the week we will be celebrating our diversity with various events.
There will be a number of videos on display throughout the evening which will showcase the club’s commitment to equality and diversity. These include our award-winning ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign and trip to Jordan to visit the Syrian refugee camps with global charity partner Plan International.
In addition, you’ll be able to bid on one of our signed Building Bridges match shirts in our auction, the profits of which go back into the work of the Chelsea Foundation.