Younghusbands Bring Chelsea Soccer School to the Philippines
National team stalwarts Phil and James Younghusband of The Younghusband Football Academy received a boost after their former club, Chelsea Football Club, have agreed to launch the Chelsea Soccer School Philippines in the country in the hopes of developing future talents.
The Younghusband brothers, who are currently plying their trade for UFL-side Loyola Meralco Sparks, joined the Chelsea Academy and was under the management of two former Chelsea managers, Gianluca Vialli and Jose Mourinho, who used the younger Younghusband in his pre-season squad before receiving their Philippine call-ups in the 2005 South East Asian Games.
According to Phil, who was named the top scorer in the AFC Challenge Cup, "Football is not a fad in the Philippines. Who would have thought that this will happen? It’s an amazing achievement and it’s good for Philippine football. I hope this is the start of something and exciting times for Philippine football."
The brothers were also joined by Paul Kam, organizer of Chelsea Soccer School Hong Kong, and is excited with the prospect of the London based club opening a school here in the country. In addition, he also noted that there is a possibility to bring Chelsea in the country in the near future.
“If the time allows, if the team cannot come over, the team can bring some players to come over and play with the kids. Where ever we travel, we were able to do this in Malaysia and Hong Kong last year,” said Kam on bringing the club in the country.
The brothers will look on reviving their ties with the club, "We have a very good relationship with Chelsea. We spent half of our lives there. They are not making football players. They are making good people as well," said Phil Younghusband.