Females flourishing under Foundation coaching in Thailand

It’s been a busy month for our International department with the delivery of our first free female tournament in Bangkok just one part of a host of activities.

International and local Thailand teams joined our Chelsea Foundation side at the International Development Centre for an all-female tournament with Thai outfit Nongchock finishing as the eventual winners.

It doesn’t stop there in terms of football activities for females with our Foundation coaches also hosting free coaching clinics on Saturday’s at NIST International School until June.

Steve O’Reilly, football development officer in Bangkok, said: ‘The tournament went really well.

‘The tournament was fun and competitive, with players showcasing great individual technique, as well as great team spirit and hard work.

‘We are working hard to develop female football and increase opportunities for female players.’

From Bangkok to Jakarta, Chelsea Foundation coaches also have been delivering the Chelsea FC Introductory Coaching Course to 12 young and aspiring coaches for their soccer school partner in Indonesia.

The coach education course focuses on the basic key elements of the game, ensuring a safe and fun environment are created for the players.

The course has both practical and theoretical elements, guaranteeing the coaches get a good experience, both on and off the field, before going out to the wider community and having an impact on the lives of thousands of young individuals.

Foundation technical support officer in Asia, Max Fouracre, said: ‘It has been a great week here in Jakarta working with the coaches who have showed great enthusiasm to further develop their own knowledge and understanding of the game.

‘We are looking forward to coming back later in the year to see how the coaches have progressed.’

Laurie Griffin, regional development officer, added: ‘The Chelsea FC Foundation’s aim is to support coaches in local football communities around the world, helping them gain an understanding of how to coach the ‘Chelsea way’.

‘With the knowledge and experience gained on this course the coaches will be able to provide top class coaching to players in Indonesia.’

Building on the ground-breaking work of the Foundation in the UK, the international department continues to travel throughout the world, passing the ethos of the Foundation to thousands of young people around the world.

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