In this series, Chennaiyin FC aims to highlight the good work being done by all its stakeholders in supporting the community amidst the challenging COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.
The Chennaiyin FC senior team players aren’t the only ones from the club’s community to contribute and do their bit in the ongoing fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. It has also been endearing to see members of the CFC youth teams – players, coaches and staff alike – join the cause and give back to the society during these trying times we find ourselves in.
The CFC B team captain Bibin Boban, who hails from Kochi in Kerala, was among the first to join hands with his family and friends in providing food to underprivileged and homeless in his neighbourhood, at the start of the lockdown. Bibin, along with his family, personally cooked meals and went out to distribute them to those in need. And it has been an ongoing exercise with the help of his near and dear ones.
Pradap Balashanmugam, a member of the CFC U-18s, who has come through the club’s youth ranks, has also been actively engaged along with his family in hometown Vellore in providing food and grocery support to the needy.
The Chennaiyin FC U-15s’ Head Coach Aldroy Atkinson is also someone who proactively took it upon himself to provide meals for the underprivileged and homeless in the Perambur area of Chennai. He joined hands with his family, friends, and a nearby temple to prepare and distribute meals for those in need in the surrounding vicinity for the first two weeks of the nationwide lockdown. Thereafter, they have distributed bread and biscuit packets daily to these sections of society who may have otherwise gone hungry during these desperate times.
Aldroy also shared with the club website that two members of the CFC U-15s – goalkeeper Lakshay Kumar and versatile midfielder Allen Rajkumar have similarly been providing food and essential groceries support in the Vyasarpadi and Anna Nagar areas of the city respectively. Along with their families, they have taken up the responsibility to become the pillar of support for many of the destitute in the area.