By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
2019-2020 English Women’s Super League Champions, Chelsea is to donate their prize money for winning the Women’s Super League to a charity which supports women and children experiencing domestic abuse.
Chelsea emerged as League champions on Friday, June 5, 2020, when final places in the curtailed 2019-20 WSL season were decided on a Points Per Game, PPG basis.
The £100,000 first prize will be given to Refuge.
Manager Emma Hayes said it is “a charity that is close to the hearts and minds of the women’s team”.
She continued: “Up until now, our involvement was about supporting the campaign publicly with a call to action, but we all wanted to do more than that and if donating our prize money can ease some of the concerns and worries people have, then it’s the least we can do.
“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.”
Sandra Horley, chief executive of Refuge, added: “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.
“We are incredibly grateful to Chelsea Women for not only shining a light on domestic abuse but also supporting us with a significant financial commitment – this is an incredible gesture.”
Chelsea emerged as Champions on PPG upon being in the second position when the WSL was suspended in March due to CoronaVirus pandemic in spite of the fact that the team was one point behind Manchester City in second place with one game behind Manchester City.
Chelsea did not lose a Women’s Super League match during the curtailed 2019-20 season.
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