The Chelsea Foundation's Education Through Football programme received high praise from a local school this week, as they held a party to celebrate the project's achievements.

Ladies from the Westminster Archives Reminiscence Group were treated to a special Christmas Party by Year Six pupils from Millbank Primary School.

The children have been participating in the Chelsea Foundation Education Through Football project, which uses the power of football to inspire students to improve their literacy skills and knowledge of recent history. It's a literacy and history project that's provided free of charge to over 40 schools in the local area every year.

Through the project students get the chance to meet older people who lived through World War II and hear their stories as many of the senior fans share their invaluable memories, which help bring history to life for these local children. Millbank Primary School were so grateful for this experience that they put on a party to celebrate the end of the project.

Nellie Hall with teacher Vicky Walsh and pupils

Pupils baked cakes, made Christmas Cards and bunting and performed carols and Christmas songs for their special guests, with the highlight of the morning being when young and old joined in singing the theme from Dad's Army!

Teacher Greg Canter has nothing but praise for the project and its effect on his pupils' achievements: 'Education through Football is the best thing I've ever done as a teacher. I have many boys in my class who are mad about football but not interested in writing - this project has got them excited about learning and wanting to write. We have seen outstanding improvements in writing in just one term.'

Westminster Archives Education Officer Peter Daniel said: 'The ladies really appreciate the school's effort with this event; our partnership with Chelsea FC Foundation makes an important contribution to education and community cohesion in the area.'