Foundation to continue helping local schools

The Chelsea Foundation is delighted to announce our involvement with the Premier League School Sports Programme will continue for a further two years.

Following a successful pilot year the project will see the Foundation continue to deliver physical activity and healthy education sessions in around 100 primary schools across the five London boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth, Westminster and Sutton.

This new investment from the Premier League will allow the Foundation to contribute to an improvement in the quality and standards of PE delivered at a primary level by working closely with schools and teachers.

The initiative is in response to the new Government agenda for school sport, putting increased emphasis on the importance of PE in primary schools.

Last season the programme saw Chelsea along with 24 other clubs (20 Premier League clubs and 5 Football League clubs) deliver over 66,000 PE lessons and sport sessions in 1,279 schools to over 103,000 pupils.

Senior London development officer, Gareth Davies, said: 'The school sports programme is a fantastic opportunity for all young people aged 5-11 to regularly engage in physical activity and to be educated regarding healthy eating choices.

'Chelsea Foundation is proud to be chosen to help deliver such an initiative to establish healthy life-long habits in our young people.'

As well as supporting the Foundation and strengthening ties to the local community, this programme will allow pupils to access high-quality coaching in a variety of sports, leading to improved physical conditioning and fundamental movement skills.

Chelsea's unique programme will include a brief introduction, a nutrition-focused assembly called 'Meal or No Meal', a practical sports session and finally a post-course Q&A session.

Each pupil will also receive a physical activity and nutrition booklet to help educate them regarding correct exercise and nutritional choices, allowing them to improve their school performance and enhance their wellbeing.

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The new phase of the programme will see Chelsea and other professional clubs provide community coaches to deliver fun, high-quality, and age appropriate PE and sport sessions in schools. They will also provide a pathway into competitive football opportunities for those that want them.

The Premier League is investing £10.5m to expand this project to 67 Premier League and Football League clubs providing opportunities for thousands more PE lessons to be delivered by our club coaches in England and Wales.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: ‘The high-quality football put on by Premier League clubs, and the popularity that it generates, allows us to invest in and support community sports facilities, school sport, and a variety of sports participation projects.

‘Investing in the primary school sector, where everything begins, is a perfect fit with our overarching strategy of aiming to get more young people playing sport.

‘The success of the first year of this initiative – with 66,000 PE lessons delivered by our club coaches - has given clubs the confidence to roll it out further and complement the huge amount of work they are already doing in the secondary school sector.’