Chelsea FC score highly with MOVE kids

Blue is the colour, football is the game - is the famous refrain which has been bellowed from the Stamford Bridge terraces for decades. Well Chelsea coaches made some Greenwich children feel anything but blue when they visited the London Soccerdome near the O2 last week.

The Premier League football club's staff were on hand to help support children and lift their spirits as part of the Greenwich MOVE programme.

The Greenwich MOVE programme is an initiative for all children within the borough who have movement difficulties. There are two centres of excellence in Willow Dene and Charlton Park Academy special schools, and children are also accessing the programme across the borough in a number of mainstream settings. It is a collaboration between our Children and Young People's Services, Greenwich Council and the charity MOVE Europe.

Vicky Lambert, our Children's Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Manager said there are more events like this one planned in the next twelve months: "The Children's Physiotherapy Service in Oxleas have successfully implemented the MOVE programme across the borough, and part of the initiative is to lead on the organisation of fun, innovative experiences like these to provide opportunities for disabled children and their families to participate in activities that they would otherwise be unable to access. As part of the Paralympic legacy, these opportunities foster an interest in participating in sports as well as giving the children a chance to practice their independent movement that the MOVE programme encourages."

MOVE stands for Mobility Opportunities Via Education and is an internationally recognised activity based programme originally developed in the United States.

The London Soccerdome in East Parkside, on the Greenwich Peninsula, came alive with shrieks of delight from children enjoying the drills and games organised by Chelsea FC Foundation, Football Development Officer Rob Seale and fellow coaches Michel Kokonis, Andy Akuamoah and Steven Brandford.

The day didn't end there, the children enjoyed more sport in the afternoon provided by Art2Movement, including a rare opportunity to participate in specialist sports such as fencing and archery.

Published on 14th October 2013