I’ve never seen them so quiet

The Chelsea Foundation held its first ‘Digital Blues’ event recently, with more than 90 school children invited to Stamford Bridge.

The event hosted year five pupils from Sellincourt Primary School who took part in numerous activities involving science, technology, engineering and maths.

The unique programme allowed the children to have a go at designing their own stadium and football boots, as well as the opportunity to build their own remote-controlled robots.

Holly Elvin, a teacher at Sellincourt Primary School, said: ‘I’ve never seen the children so quiet and concentrating so much, they’ve been working together and getting creative so it’s been great to see.

‘This programme incorporates skills that the children would use when they are older. I think it’s good to expose them to it because it’s not necessarily something we would do in school as much and so they have the opportunity to draw on those different skills.

‘It’s great that the Chelsea Foundation has put this on for us as some of these children would never have had the opportunity to do something like this. The fact that they can come here to a great stadium and be exposed to all of it is really good.’

Chelsea Foundation schools education manager Sam Gaskin-Kemp said: ‘We have devised this programme to help inspire and engage children in STEM activities which link to football whilst using the brand of Chelsea. 

‘Feedback from all participants was 100 per cent positive and we look forward to running the next Digital Blue Day in the New Year.’