Foundation helps neighbours

The Chelsea Foundation lent its support to affordable housing provider Circle Housing Mole Valley on Friday at a day designed to help jobseekers from Surrey get back to work.

Circle Housing Mole Valley's community event, named 'Neighbour's Day', celebrated the finest communities, groups and services in the Dorking and Leatherhead region with job advice and support on offer for those seeking employment.

With hundreds of local families attending, the Chelsea Foundation were on hand to run free training sessions for youngsters allowing their parents to discuss new training schemes, volunteering opportunities and work experience placements being run by Circle Housing Mole Valley.

Chelsea Foundation Surrey area co-ordinator Steve Shipp said: 'It's always great for the Chelsea Foundation to use the power of football to support local projects and engage with young people.

'Our coaches were keeping the youngsters busy with a series of skill stations and other training games. The feedback was really positive and it was great to assist with such a worthwhile community event.'

The event kicks off a new series of football training sessions from the Chelsea Foundation in the area.

The sessions will occur every Friday from 4pm to 6pm for boys and girls aged 7 - 16 of all abilities at the St John's School 3G pitch in Goodwyns Road, Dorking until Friday, 18 July.

The project, run by Circle Housing Mole Valley and and Mole Valley District Council's focuses on an Inclusive Sport Programme ,providing new equal sporting opportunities for people with disabilities and connecting able-bodied and disabled athletes through sport.

Shipp added: 'It's an exciting new initiative and we are delighted to be working alongside Circle Housing Mole Valley and Mole Valley District Council.

'We have eight weeks of sessions planned initially but plan to run beyond that as there has already been a lot of sign up. 

'It is important to be inclusive and as a Foundation we believe sport and football are for all so will have specialist coaches in attendance to run sessions with the disabled players in attendance.'