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Everyone is equal

With the message of equality being more important than ever, the Chelsea FC Building Bridges campaign gathered momentum in season 2016/17.

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard plays football with primary school pupils before picking up the Premier League Player of the Month award in November

Pupils from Servite Primary, on the Fulham Road, and St Polycarp's from Farnham were excited to be able to present Eden Hazard with his Premier League Player of the Month award in November 2016.

They are two of the 14 schools Chelsea Foundation worked with in season 2016/17 to deliver a pilot programme of equality workshops as part of their year-round Building Bridges campaign.

Chelsea's latest Building Bridges campaign focuses on cultural and religious issues, disabilities and the significance of equality in day-to-day life, with the discussions in school classrooms overseen by Chelsea Foundation coaches.

The club's classroom-based equality workshops could eventually be extended to reach 500 schools across the country, with football considered a means of breaking through society's barriers.

Eden looked on intently as the schoolchildren delivered presentations on everything they have learnt from the workshops; what equality means, why it is so important and how understanding equality has changed their behaviour at school and at home.

And of course, Eden couldn't let the kids leave without joining them for a quick kickabout.

Another Chelsea player, Gary Cahill, has also been promoting the message of equality this season. He went to visit Park Walk Primary School in Chelsea, to take part in the filming of our Premier League Primary Stars TV advert highlighting the free resources available to teachers through the national programme.

Chelsea's Gary Cahill takes part in a playground match at Park Walk Primary School for Premier League Primary Stars

Along with taking part in a match in the playground, Cahill made a surprise appearance in a Year 6 class, sitting down to chat with the children about the multi-ethnicity of the Chelsea changing room.

Watch our video to hear the brilliant diversity pledges from the boys and girls, as well as Gary explaining the importance of working as a team and seeing people for who they are, rather than what they look like. 

Our national PL Primary Stars TV advert can also be seen by visiting www.PLPrimaryStars.com, where primary school teachers can also sign up for free to access our resources which are written by the likes of the National Literacy Trust and the PSHE Association.

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