Chelsea and Watford combine for Foundation project

Our 4-2 victory over Watford on Saturday wasn’t the only meeting between the two clubs last week with the Chelsea Foundation and their counterparts from Hertfordshire working together off the pitch to celebrate Black History Month.

As part of the Premier League Primary Stars initiative the Foundation have been delivering classroom sessions to a Year 5 class at Avonmore Primary School for the past month with the aim to develop the skills and ambitions of five to 11-year-old boys and girls.

To coincide with Black History Month, the sessions have been aimed at celebrating the achievement of black and minority ethnic people, with particular focus on Chelsea’s history of BAME players and learning about barriers they have faced and overcome in order to be successful.

Just 30 miles away and Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust have also been delivering sessions at Oxhey Wood School in Hertfordshire which has seen the children from both schools interact with each other using FaceTime on iPads to share what they have learnt.

During the third and final session, Avonmore Primary School pupil Latifa was crowned Chelsea Foundation Primary Stars champion for her work and attitude throughout the lessons and she was awarded with two tickets to the Watford game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Chelsea Foundation school education coordinator Sam Mardle said: ‘Latifa not only displayed a fantastic work ethic, but displayed the four core values of the Premier League Primary Stars – being fair, connected, ambitious and inspiring.

‘She worked fantastically throughout the programme – and was rightly so rewarded with two tickets to the game.’

He added: ‘With both football clubs having a long and celebrated history of BAME players through the years, and with us playing each other this Black History Month, we thought it would be the ideal time to collaborate, learn together and the ideal opportunity for both classes to enhance their communication skills as they met and worked together using the iPads.

‘The children have been fantastic at Avonmore, and in their final lesson were tasked with coming up with presentations to show how much they had learnt – and it was fantastic to hear such a diverse range and knowledge of players researched, from Paul Canoville and Marcel Desailly, right through to Crystal Dunn and N’Golo Kante.’

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