The Chelsea FC Foundation Education department aims to work collaboratively to promote community cohesion, education and lifelong learning. Working in partnership with learning providers, we use the power of football and the Chelsea style to excite and motivate learners of all ages.
Our education department continues to build on successful relationships with schools and the local community and to develop and deliver exciting education initiatives which help inspire participants to achieve their learning goals. Each season our education projects help over 2,000 learners aged seven to 70 plus.
Our employability programmes support job seekers to find work, while we support learning in over 60 partner schools across Elmbridge, Hammersmith and Fulham, Wandsworth, Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea. In particular, projects focus on improving participants' skills and attitudes to learning, the club's rich history and changes in lifestyle and society over the last century. Literacy, numeracy, employability, enterprise, design and technology are a focus for our projects. Anti-discrimination, celebrating equality and diversity are also key messages taught across our programmes.
The Foundation is working with Kensington & Chelsea College to educate unemployed adults aged 19+ at Stamford Bridge via level 1 certificates in employability skills. These courses will build confidence, knowledge, help job seekers create new networks and support them in their journey to find employment, take up volunteering or return to education.
To support this work the Education Dept has also embarked on a three year programme funded by the Premier League Charitable Fund to support job seeking 16-24 year olds with their job searching, citizenship, social media presence and engagement with employers to gain work placement and employment.
Enterprise and business skills are key areas for the Education department at Chelsea FC Foundation. Schools groups, FE students and adult learners will come to the Stamford Bridge Hub to learn and explore the area of enterprise, creating business ideas, business planning, pitching to investors, as well as other key factors to making a business idea become a reality. The use of modern technologies will support the learners and cultivate an environment to be creative and innovative in an exciting and alternative setting.
Education Through Football
ETF is a Literacy, History and Citizenship project based around the Michael Morporgo and Michael Foreman book 'Billy the Kid': the story of a boy growing up in the 1930s. Billy's dream to play for Chelsea FC is interrupted by the war with tragic consequences. On the project launch day pupils come to the Stadium for an exciting behind-the-scenes tour and museum visit. Author, artist and 'Billy the Kid' illustrator Michael Foreman talks about his wartime childhood and his work as an author and artist.
The project is entering its 10th year and has reached over 9000 Year 5/6 pupils. A class set of Billy the Kid books, teacher notes, teacher training and events are provided free of charge to schools taking part.
Alive and Kicking
The Alive and Kicking project aims to give fans over the age of 70 the opportunity to increase their computer skills, in a sociable and supportive environment. This unique scheme has received national recognition by winning an Adult Learners' Week group award. The project is funded by Chelsea FC with support from the PLCF and the Open Age charity.
Working in small groups with ICT tutors, senior learners are able to share stories and memories and develop their computer skills. Learners take part in weekly sessions at our Hub education centres at the Stamford Bridge stadium and at the Stoke D'Abernon training ground. Group members also visit schools on the ETF project to share their childhood and wartime memories. Senior fans have also been inspired by Q&A events with club legends such as Roy Bentley, Peter Bonetti, Ron Harris, Barry Bridges, and Tommy Docherty as well as history talks from club historian Rick Glanvill.
Chelsea FC's first black footballer, Paul Canoville, shares his experiences and describes how racism and bullying must not be tolerated in football or in our society today. Paul meets over 1,200 children every year in local schools. His story-telling skills and positive attitude to the hard times he has endured have proved inspirational and leave a lasting impression on the young people who have taken part in our education workshops with him.
'You have inspired me to work harder in class, and I have learnt why this is necessary.'
'I found the lesson very inspirational and have learned a lot from it.'