Chelsea Women’s football team have announced that they will be donating their Women's Super League (WSL) title prize money to charity. Last Friday, the WSL announced that Chelsea had won the league as a result of the season being cut short as a result of the on-going global pandemic Covid-19.
Emma Hayes, Chelsea Women’s manager, and her team went unbeaten throughout the season, which has, therefore, resulted in them being handed the league title on a points per game system which many leagues, that have not restarted and are unfinished, have seen. The prize money accumulates to £100,000 and it has been donated to UK charity Refuge. This charity is one that Chelsea as a whole has supported previously and continue to promote.
Refuge is one of the UK’s largest domestic abuse support provider and offers specialist services to women who are experiencing domestic abuse or have in the past. Due to the country being in lockdown and self-isolation for several months now, Refuge has seen an increase in the need for support on their website and helpline in which the donation by Chelsea is a strong gesture of their ongoing support. As well as their donation Chelsea have been praised for using their platform and stature in order to raise awareness for the cause and to remind people that there is support out there for domestic abuse victims.
Emma Hayes commented on the donation when the club released the statement by saying “It’s a charity that’s close to the hearts and minds of the Women’s team and is very important to our owner Mr Abramovich and everyone at the club. It makes me proud our club is supporting those less fortunate in times of need.” Hayes also added “It’s an important message. It’s a campaign that’s really dear to us and the best way we can demonstrate our support further is by committing our prize money towards it and helping those in need.”
Sarah Horley, CBE, and Chief Executive of Refuge commented, “We are incredibly grateful to Chelsea Women. Refuge has seen a huge increase in demand to its Helpline and website services during Covid-19 which has shone a light on the thousands of women who need our support across the country right now.”
Author: Bradleigh Amis