MANILA, Philippines -- Chelsea Football Club, one of the world’s biggest football clubs with a history of excellence and achievement, will be opening a football school here in partnership with The Younghusband Football Academy, the first ever of its kind, on May 15.
Chelsea, which is a team that is full of world-class footballers like Didier Drogba, John Terry, Frank Lampard, and Fernando Torres, will be tapping current Philippine national team and Loyola Meralco Sparks mainstays James and Phil Younghusband to spearhead this English club’s initial foray in the Philippines.
The Younghusband brothers were Chelsea Academy team players under former managers Gianluca Vialli and Jose Mourinho. In 2005, Mourinho included Phil in his pre-season squad after he finished as their youth team’s top scorer in the previous season.
Aside from their national team and club duties, the brothers also run The Younghusband Football Academy, now in its third year of grassroots football development in the country.
Prior to the official launch of The Chelsea FC Soccer School there will be a Chelsea FC Soccer School summer camp powered by The Younghusband Football Academy and will have a limited number of slots for intermediate and advanced football training that will also be overseen by some of the club’s coaches. The age groups will be divided as follows Under-8, U-10, U-12, and U-16 for boys and girls.
The Younghusband Football Academy summer camp will be held at the Evia Football Field in Las Piñas on April 17, 19, 24, 26 as well as on May 3, 8, and10. The culminating activity, the official launch of the Chelsea Soccer School, will be held on May 15 at the SM Mall of Asia.
Information about Chelsea FC
Chelsea FC was founded in 1905 by Henry Augustus Mears. Home games are played at Stamford Bridge stadium, the original site Mears chose for the club. The team had mixed fortunes over the years, not winning a major trophy until the 1950s and moving up and down between divisions several times.
The Blues improved their standing since the 1990s to become one of the most successful clubs in English football. They won English Premier League titles in 2004–05 and 2005–06, adding to their only previous league win, in 1954–55 (then in the Football League First Division), and making them the second English team to win consecutive championships since the founding of the Premier League in 1992.
Chelsea added a fourth league title in 2009–10, setting a new Premier League record by scoring 103 goals over the course of the season. They took the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1971 and 1998 and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Super Cup in 1998. Chelsea FC won the Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup) six times—in 1970, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, and 2010.
Information about the Younghusband Football Academy
The Younghusband Football Academy is a series of enhancement clinics for football skills around the Philippines. Philippine National football team players and brothers James and Phil Younghusband who both played for Chelsea FC, established TYFA in January 2010. Both have UEFA coaching credentials with Phil having a level 2 UEFA coaching badge and James having a level 1 UEFA coaching badge.