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Chelsea to help develop junior athletes for 2012

Chelsea to help develop junior athletes for 2012

Chelsea football club plans to help develop junior athletes for Britain before the next Olympics.
The Premier League team, which is an official ambassador for London 2012 at the Beijing Games, said Thursday that it will start its own social program and branch out into athletics and swimming with an eye toward developing athletes for the next games.
"By early 2010, we hope to be supporting 40 of these courses in eight schools across the five Olympic boroughs involving 1,000 young learners aged 14-19 years old," Chelsea spokesman Simon Greenberg said. "Everybody in Britain has been rightly celebrating the achievements of Team GB in Beijing and it is important we build on this."
Britain is having its best performance at the games since the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium.
Chelsea said it was the first English team to work as an ambassador for London 2012, with former manager Jose Mourinho a brand ambassador.