Four-time Barclays English Premier League side champions Chelsea FC has entered into a partnership with The Younghusband Football Academy (TYFA) that would lead towards the creation of a soccer school in the Philippines.
To be spearheaded by Phil and James Younghusband, The Chelsea FC Soccer School will be ofiicially launched on May 15, 2012 at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. It will be the English club's initial foray in the Philippines. Prior to that, a Chelsea FC Soccer School Summer Camp will be organized this April and May at the Evia Football Field in Las Piñas, with the culminating activity to be concurrent with the official launch of the school on the 15th. The camp is to be subdivided into the Under-8, Under-10, Under-12 and Under-16 age groups for boys and girls.
It was natural to have Chelsea and TYFA to enter into a partnership, as Phil and James have roots with the team from Stamford Bridge. The siblings came from and played for the Chelsea Academy, under the tutelage of Gianluca Vialli and current Real Madrid CF manager Jose Mourinho. From this experience, in January 2010, Phil and James established TYFA as a series of enhancement clinics for football skills to help with the grassroots development of the sport in and around the Philippines while at the same time playing for the national team. In fact, the brothers are holders of UEFA Coaching Credentials (Phil has a Level 2 badge, while James has a Level 1 badge).
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