Foundation coaches pass on knowledge in Doha

Coaches from the Chelsea Foundation were in Doha recently to deliver a series of coaching clinics for youngsters and coaches in the city.

The week-long trip to Qatar was organised in association with principal club partner Yokohama and the Qatar Football Association as the country continues preparations for the 2022 World Cup.

Throughout the week our coaches delivered coaching sessions for more than 150 children aged from ten to 14, as well as offering coaching education sessions for local grassroots coaches and professional coaches at the Aspire Academy in Doha.

A further 120 young people also benefitted as the Foundation coaches visited the Awsaj Education City to work with local children aged eight to 12.

The trip, which follows the club’s support of Qatar National Sports Day in February, also included a day to work with ex-pats based in the city.

Chelsea Foundation international development manager Ian Woodroffe said: ‘On behalf of the club I would like to thank the young players and coaches who have attended our second coaching visit to Qatar this April.

‘The Qatar FA and Yokohama Qatar were fantastic hosts and we are looking forward to continuing the development of the relationship with the hope we are able to deliver another programme in 2019 as they continue the build-up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.'

Zak Wooster, one of five coaches in attendance from the Chelsea Foundation, added: ‘It was fantastic to be in Qatar this year and see the development the players and coaches have made.

‘We look forward to hopefully returning in 2019.’