Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Chelsea FC supports expansion of Right to Play

An unspecified number of officials from English FA Cup winners, Chelsea FC will lead eight players of the club to visit Ghana from 29 May to 2 June. Though the identities of the players are not immediately known, officials say they will include two from the senior team and six players from the London club's junior side. The team of officials and players are visiting as part of a recent pact signed between the English Premier League club and Right to Play, an athlete-driven international humanitarian organisation that uses sports and play as a tool for development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world, All Africa reported.

At a pre-visit media briefing held last Wednesday, Rose Annan, Regional Communications Coordinator, empahsised that sport and play are essential development building blocks that help to foster healthy physical, social and emotional development of the child. She said sport and play could be used to: promote children's health and well-being; further social inclusion and cohesion; and contribute to health, education and economic development.

Last January, the Blues agreed a 6-year partnership deal with Right to Play, making the humanitarian body the football club's first ever global charity partner. And four players of the club namely; Ghanaian international Michael Essien, English pair Frank Lampard and Joe Cole, and Ivorian Salomon Kalou accepted to be Chelsea Ambassadors for Right to Play. The partnership aims to raise more than £2 million over the period to support Right to Play's extensive humanitarian activities in 22 countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Thrilled at the deal, Johann Olav Koss, President and CEO of Right to Play said "this partnership is a testament to our shared belief in the power of sport to make a positive impact on the lives of children."

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