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Students from West Wickham school attend event at Stamford Bridge

PUBLISHED: 13:09 15 February 2018

500 children attended the event in Stamford Bridge. Picture: Chelsea Foundation

500 children attended the event in Stamford Bridge. Picture: Chelsea Foundation

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School children across London, including those from Pickhurst Junior Academy, attended a very special sports day at Stamford Bridge stadium on Tuesday (February 13).

500 children attended the event in Stamford Bridge. Picture: Chelsea Foundation500 children attended the event in Stamford Bridge. Picture: Chelsea Foundation

Thanks to a new initiative from the Embassy of the State of Qatar in the UK and the Chelsea Foundation, 500 students children attended the event.

Chelsea captains Gary Cahill and Katie Chapman were on hand to provide coaching tips as children participated in a range of sporting activities.

Timed to coincide with Qatar’s National Sports Day celebrations, the event was designed to introduce children to sports they might not be familiar with and promote the benefits of an active lifestyle.

Open to children aged four to 18, the day saw participants earn points at each activity, which were then converted into energy units.

500 children attended the event in Stamford Bridge. Picture: Chelsea Foundation500 children attended the event in Stamford Bridge. Picture: Chelsea Foundation

The combined units were used to power a plane on its journey from London to Qatar’s capital city, Doha.

A donation was also given by the State of Qatar to the Chelsea Foundation, to help them provide new opportunities to motivate children to take up sport through a range of free coaching sessions.

In recognition of the local children impacted by last summer’s Grenfell fire, The Foundation will also seek to provide holiday opportunities for children and families affected by the tragic incident.

The event, sponsored by Qatar National Bank, was opened by H.E. Qatar’s Ambassador to the UK, Yousef Al-Khater, Clelsea chairman Bruce Buck and Lord Sebastian Coe, President of the IAAF.

500 children attended the event in Stamford Bridge. Picture: Chelsea Foundation500 children attended the event in Stamford Bridge. Picture: Chelsea Foundation

Mr Al-Khater said: “Qatar is a nation of sports lovers, so we’re incredibly happy to partner with Chelsea F.C. to bring our national sports day to London. “Encouraging more young children to play sport is a key mission for the UK and the State of Qatar.

“Our donation to the Chelsea Foundation will help them continue this important work over the coming years.”

Pickhurst Academy, Pickhurst Lane, West Wickham,

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