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Chapman to run London Marathon for Plan

Former Chelsea FC Women captain and now club ambassador Katie Chapman called time on an illustrious career last year, but now the 10-time FA Cup winner has set her sights on achieving a new goal.

Former Chelsea FC Women captain and now club ambassador Katie Chapman called time on an illustrious career last year, but now the 10-time FA Cup winner has set her sights on achieving a new goal.

The 36-year-old, who won five trophies during her time at Chelsea, will run the London Marathon on Sunday 28 April to help raise money for our global charity partner Plan International.

Following her retirement back in May 2018, Chapman took up her new role as club ambassador and as part of that role she visited a refugee camp in Jordan along with Plan and the Chelsea Foundation.

During the week-long visit to the Azraq Refugee Camp outside Amman in October, Chapman, along with Foundation coaches, delivered a series of football coaching sessions and met adults and children displaced by the conflict in Syria, from which more than 5.5 million people have fled.

Chapman said: ‘I didn’t have a clue of where I was going, what I was going into or what to expect. I don’t think I was emotionally prepared for it.

‘We got over there and we drove for an hour and a half and we were literally just driving through a desert. There was nothing within sight for about an hour.

‘Then we drove through and you just saw these sheds with fencing around them and just children walking around the streets, picking up stones and entertaining themselves.

‘It was quite an eye-opener for me, especially being a parent as well.’
 

It was those emotions she felt, and the heart-wrenching sights she experienced, which prompted Chapman to decide to team up with Plan once again and help to create a better future for those she met out in Jordan.

She added: ‘I’ve always wanted to do the marathon but seeing the children and how refugees are living in the camps out there I wanted to run the marathon to raise money for them and for that reason.

‘We had a conversation that we might not be able to do it specifically for the refugee camp in Jordan but we’ve found out that we can, so all the money I do raise will go to the refugee camps where we were based and delivered the coaching sessions.

‘They’ve got a football pitch and they’ve also set up some sort of school life there too so the money will be going towards getting stuff in to help them set up some sort of normal life in camp for the children.

‘It will help them with their resources for their school facilities so that it will give the children some sort of education within that as well as the joy of playing football.

‘There are families who have escaped from a life of guns, bombs and war into a place where they are now safe but going over there and experiencing it, it is no life for a family or for a child, so the money I do raise, I hope will help to build some sort of life and some sort of normality.’

- You can help Katie raise money by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/katie-chapman25
 

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