Chelsea backs 'Right to Play' programs in Asia

International humanitarian organisation, Right To Play has sealed a six-year exclusive partnership to be English Premier League club Chelsea's first ever Global Charity Partner. The news was announced as Chelsea FC unveiled its Corporate Social Responsibility report at a reception in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. "This partnership is a testament to our shared belief in the power of sport to make a positive impact on the lives of children. It is a celebration of Chelsea FC’s commitment to charitable organizations and we are delighted to be a partner of one of the world’s most prestigious football clubs and fastest growing global brands,” Right To Play President and CEO, Johann Olav Koss announced.

Michael Essien, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, and Salomon Kalou have all agreed to be Chelsea Ambassadors for Right To Play. Chelsea will be sending a delegation of players and coaches to one of Right To Play’s African projects this year. “What Right To Play achieves using sport is fantastic. Everyone at the club is fully behind their work and we are all proud to support them. I’m sure our relationship will benefit thousands of kids throughout the world,” Lampard commented.

The Chelsea-Right To Play partnership is an exclusive deal with a football club and aims to raise in excess of £2 million over six years. The funding generated will support Right To Play’s field operations in 22 countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.