Competitive end to fun day in Bangkok
It was another busy day for Chelsea in Bangkok, with three separate events taking place and more of our supporters in the region having the chance to see the Premier League trophy.
The first of those three events was a coaching clinic, which took place this morning at the NIST International School, the home of Chelsea’s International Development Centre in Bangkok, and provided an opportunity for a number of young children to be given some football guidance and education by expert coaches from the Chelsea FC Foundation.
In total, there were 70 children, all aged between four and 12, in attendance, with the group including the full girls-only programme.
The session was the first step of the Chelsea International Development Centre player pathway, where participants from across the city come together in a fun and enjoyable environment to be taught by some of our Foundation coaches who are based in Thailand.
Elsewhere, some of those supporters in possession of Be1st Smart Rabbit Chelsea cards had the opportunity to have their photo taken with the trophy at an event which took place at the Siam Paragon branch of Bangkok Bank [pictured below].
Between 50 and 100 card-holders were in attendance, and those who subsequently posted images on social media received special gifts from Bangkok Bank.
Mr. Thaweelap Rittapirom, executive vice-president and director of Bangkok Bank, said: ‘We are very happy to host the Premier League trophy at Bangkok Bank’s Siam Paragon Branch to provide an experience that money can’t buy for Be1st Smart Rabbit Chelsea card-holders and Chelsea fans in Thailand.
‘We hope this activity will please all Chelsea fans and we take this opportunity to thank our customers for their year-round support. With the new Premier League season already underway, Bangkok Bank, as Chelsea’s official partner, would like to wish Chelsea the best of luck as they fight to win the trophy again this season.’
There was a competitive edge to the final event of the day, an eight-team Chelsea Youth Development League made up of players from the Thai football community, including our very own Chelsea IDC Bangkok squad.
The competition, comprised of teams across four age groups, runs every week and is now in its second year of operation.
Every Saturday, across two separate venues, over 300 players compete in a league which aims to provide high-level fixtures, with the focus on the development of youth football.