Development Centre in Thailand hosts awards ceremony

Chelsea FC International Development Centre in Bangkok, Thailand rounded off a successful year of football by recently hosting its annual End-of-Season Awards ceremony.

A total of 32 teams from Under-9s through to Under-15s compete on a weekly basis in the Chelsea Foundation Youth Development League.

The awards ceremony, held at NIST International School, was a way for the club to show their appreciation for all the hard work that players, parents and coaches put in every week to help create a competitive, developmental environment for players to test their skills.

Football development officer, Steven O’Reilly, said: ‘It’s been an amazing two years for the league and CFC programme as a whole, with some great football played by all the teams this season.

‘We wanted to create a structured league programme that focused on the development of young players and grassroots coaches. Now, after two seasons of learnings we are confident that the competition is a successful platform to showcase talent.

‘This is a long-term partnership with NIST and we can begin to enter the next phase of the development plan in Bangkok, which includes adding more levels to the league structure and increasing the opportunities to play various formats like seven-a-side, nine-a-side and 11-a-side during the season.’

The club’s programme continues to go from strength to strength, working with more than 850 players every week and providing the local community with the opportunity to take part in sessions, leagues and tournaments.

And along with the end-of-season celebrations, the Chelsea FC International Development Centre in Bangkok also hosted their first 11-a-side tournament to cap off an action-packed weekend for our international department.

Chelsea Foundation head coach, Rob Matthews, said: ‘This was a great opportunity for teams in Bangkok to experience a different format of football which will provide them with an insight into how the 11v11 game is played.

‘We hope this tournament can be used as a catalyst for future events.’

To enter teams or find out more info please contact us CFCSSBKK@nist.ac.th or telephone +66 26512065 ext 1606 or 1607.

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