Ferreira the football lecturer

Students enrolled on the Chelsea Foundation’s unique university programme, in collaboration with St Mary’s University, enjoyed a trip to Cobham to receive a first-hand look at the club’s coaching techniques and a tutorial from Chelsea legend Paulo Ferreira.

The Chelsea Foundation linked up with St Mary’s University in Twickenham to launch the innovative and unique foundation degree programme in Football Education, Coaching and Development in 2016. The initial cohort have just completed their first year after assisting with the club’s Asian Star event this weekend.

Last week the new intake received their first lesson when they visited our training ground for an introduction to the course, the chance to observe a coaching session and a guest lecture from Ferreira, currently a loan player technical coach and club ambassador for Chelsea.  

There were also talks from programme director Michael Ayres and Foundation workforce development officer Dean Steninger, ahead of the start in September of the Foundation degree in Football Education, Coaching and Development.

‘It is always a pleasure to work with the Foundation and pass on my experience to young people,’ said Ferreira. This time it was young coaches and it is important to pass on what I can to help them realise their dreams.

‘It is not just me but the other coaches helping them and hopefully we have done that as they start this journey.  It is fantastic to see them listening so intently and I wish them all the best.

‘The Foundation do a lot with young kids and this is something different. As ex-players and coaches at the club it is important to give back to the next generation.’

The vision of the course is to create and develop a better understanding of football education, coaching and development. There are still a handful of places available for the 2017 cohort, for whom academics and coaches from St Mary’s and education staff from the Chelsea Foundation will collaborate to provide real-life experience within an academic, conceptual and practical context.

Students who wish to take advantage of learning at Stamford Bridge and at our Cobham training ground, in addition to St Mary’s Strawberry Hill campus, can apply via the St Mary’s University website. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to undertake two placement modules with Chelsea. This will provide students with an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge in a real-world setting.

Modules will cover a range of themes and topics including; Coaching through the game, Business and Entrepreneurship, Teaching and Coaching in Primary Schools and Football Performance.

Click on Football Education, Coaching and Development to apply.