LA kids enjoy Chelsea and Wipro camp

Chelsea Foundation coaches helped host a digital camp 30 for local kids in LA on Friday ahead of Antonio Conte and the team’s arrival in California on Sunday.

The coaches from the club have been working with Wipro, our global digital and IT partner, and representatives from Designit, the strategic design firm, to help youngsters from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America with a day split between football coaching and workshops on design and critical thinking.

The workshop, titled The Future of Sport and Training, involved an interactive session on the current state of and trends in sports technology and what the future might hold. The kids, aged between 13 and 17, were also guided through a service design process and creative facilitation process, brainstorming and presenting ideas and possible solutions at the intersection of technology and sports.

The Chelsea Foundation’s head of international development, Ian Woodroffe, said: ‘We are very excited to bring this opportunity to the kids and the community to share how design and technology play a role in sports, and how it affects what Chelsea does on and off the field.’

Omar Zapata, director of program services for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme area, added: ‘The kids are learning life-long skills around collaboration, how to think critically, and how to present their findings to their peers. These are important takeaways that will help them succeed in all aspects of their life- whether an entrepreneur pitching a venture capitalist or a CEO drawing from other disciplines to come up with new ideas. This is also a huge soccer community and we’re incredibly honoured to have Chelsea FC here to provide some world-class coaching to our kids.’