Chelsea Football Club is set to help transform the lives of thousands of children around the world, it was announced today, as the club unveiled its new global charity partner, Plan International Ireland
The partnership, launched ahead of the club’s first Champions League fixture of the season on Wednesday 16 September, will use the power of football to help some of the world’s poorest children to fulfil their potential.
Starting at the Stamford Bridge clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Plan International Ireland’s logo will feature on Chelsea’s European shirts, introducing the charity to a new global audience.
The partnership, initially for three years, will see Chelsea supporting Plan International Ireland’s work in Africa, Asia and South America, raising funds and awareness of the work undertaken by the charity.
As one of the world’s most high-profile football clubs, Chelsea’s relationship with Plan International Ireland will help the charity to engage new supporters and work with groups of young people who are traditionally difficult to reach.
Bruce Buck, Chelsea Football Club Chairman, said: “We are passionate advocates of using football as a force for good within all our communities and we’re delighted to be working with Plan International Ireland and excited about what this partnership can achieve.
‘Chelsea’s profile combined with Plan International Ireland’s expertise means that together we can support more children and young people throughout the world using the power of sport to inspire and educate.”
David Dalton Plan International Ireland’s Chief Executive, said:
“Chelsea Football Club and Plan International have a shared goal – championing the rights of children.”
“On the island of Ireland, Chelsea FC has a rich legacy of support. Leading Irish football stars, such as Damien Duff, made their mark on the Premier League playing in the blue of Chelsea”
“Working with Chelsea will take Plan International Ireland’s work to the next level. Together, we can deliver sustainable change for children in the poorest communities, by using football to reach the most marginalised groups of young people and by introducing Plan International Ireland to a new global audience.”
“I am urging all those who support the blue of Chelsea in Ireland to join with the blue of Plan International Ireland and help us ensure every child can reach their potential, no matter where they are born”
“This is a game changer for Plan International Ireland– and we’re so excited to get started,” concluded David.
Learn more about our partnership here.