MUMBAI, (GNI): Chelsea Foundation coaches and Tore Andre Flo organised a coach education session for local coaches and also conducted coaching sessions for underprivileged children from local NGOs such as RealityGives and the Oscar Foundation in Dharavi, Mumbai.
As one of the world’s leading football social responsibility programme, the Chelsea Foundation uses the power of sport to motivate, educate and inspire. The foundation believes that the power of football can be harnessed to support communities and individuals. The Chelsea Foundation works on a broad range of initiatives focusing on employment, education, social deprivation, crime reduction, youth offending and much more.
Tore Andre Flo’s visit to India saw him tour the Dharavi slum in Mumbai to help deliver some coaching sessions with a difference. Flo joined Chelsea Foundation coaches for a first session with kids from the Oscar Foundation, which uses football to empower and educate children. As a coach in the Chelsea Academy and loan system, Flo certainly had plenty of expert knowledge to pass on to the kids, but the main focus of the day was fun with the youngsters picking up plenty of skills, for elsewhere in life as well as football, through the games they played.
Flo then took a tour of Dharavi with the Reality Gives charity, which provides youngsters from underprivileged communities from throughout India with education and experiences to help them reach their potential. There was no rest in the afternoon, with girls from the Reality Gives football programme joining Flo and his fellow coaches. The programme is designed to provide more opportunities for girls to play sport within their communities, offering them escapism, teamwork and the chance to compete.
“What has struck me is how happy people are here and how happy the children have been to be with us. It has been a privilege to coach them today. It has also been quite emotional. Some of the boys and girls have come up to me and said what a great day they’ve had and wanted us to come back again. This was a great experience for me and all the other guys from the Foundation. I had a wonderful day.“ said Tore Andre Flo, Chelsea Legend
Chelsea Foundation International technical support officer Steve Winnett, who has joined Flo on the trip to Mumbai, said “When having the chance to come to Mumbai we wanted to positively impact the community in as many ways as we could. Visiting Dharavi was perfect fit for what we were trying to achieve. This allowed us to engage with the children and coaches in the heart of Mumbai and share our knowledge with over 50 children and coaches, giving them the chance to participate in a genuine Chelsea experience that will hopefully live long in their memory.”
The day finished with a game of kho kho, a popular tag sport, against the kids, which put as wide a smile on the face of our Norwegian legend as it did his junior opponents.ends