Chelsea FC Foundation’s Disability Inclusion programme enables disabled children and adults to participate in regular organised matches and coaching sessions in a safe and enjoyable environment. The programme encourages players with disabilities to develop their health and independence and realise their full potential.

Quality structured sessions with specialist coaches are offered in local schools and sports centres during weekends and special one-off fun days, and tournaments are organised regularly throughout the season. Our Chelsea Community FC pan-disability teams enjoy professional football coaching and play in FA recognised leagues, cups and tournaments both domestically and abroad. We also run Surrey’s Player Development Centre, and the FA Cerebral Palsy Centre of Excellence for the South East region.

Chelsea FC Foundation uses the power of sport to encourage thousands of young people every year to get active, stay healthy and partake in positive activities. The purpose of our programme is to offer quality sport and personal development to local communities regardless of age, race, gender or ability. We offer a variety of sport development programmes supported by the government, police and various local agencies.

Our coaches have UEFA and FA recognised qualifications. These include, Level 2 and 3 in Coaching Football, Coaching Disabled Footballers, Coaching Blind Footballers, First Aid, Safeguarding Children Workshops and various other qualifications. They have also had many years’ experience working with disabled children/players so we can provide them the same opportunity as any mainstream child/player would get.


Schools Coaching

Chelsea FC Foundation is committed to providing sports, health and education programmes for the community based on the belief that engagement through sport develops more than just sports skills, and aims to use the power of sport to encourage thousands of young people every year to get active, stay healthy and partake in positive activities. Our programmes aim to offer quality sport and personal development to local communities regardless of age, race, gender or ability.


Team Coaching

Chelsea FC Foundation’s Inclusion Project offer team football coaching at local football clubs to help assist coaches in developing an inclusive football team. This can be by a week-by-week basis, once a month or at your discretion.

The courses enable players and coaches to achieve optimum level of performance, and work on the importance of team cohesion and develop skills and performance. The sessions can be delivered throughout the season to help assist with their development needs.

The sessions incorporate technical information working on basic skills alongside agility, co-ordination and movement with an emphasis placed on encouraging healthy lifestyles. Our aim is to develop the potential of every player that attends and to encourage them to enjoy the benefits of exercise, fair-play and develop self-confidence.


Inclusive Soccer Schools

Inclusive Soccer schools are a great way for disabled boys and girls to progress within the game. Players will experience fun educational sessions which are aimed to enhance their natural development but at the same time improve skills and techniques. A typical day is divided into 2 parts; players train and practice technical work during the morning session and the afternoon session incorporates small sided games and mini tournaments to encourage team play, so if your child isn't going with friends they'll be sure to come away with new ones. Courses are progressive and content is devised to enable players to develop and advance. Inclusive Soccer School courses are available to Disabled boys and girls of all abilities aged 7-16 years old.


Chelsea Community Lions FC – DSActive

The DSActive programme aims to develop social skills, confidence and physical ability in players with Downs syndrome whilst learning football skills and having fun! Members of the Chelsea Community Lions team, as well taking part in weekly training sessions, will get the opportunity to compete in friendly matches against other DSActive teams and national festivals such as ‘The Premier League’s Down’s Syndrome Football Festival’.


PAN Disability Teams

We currently have many PAN football teams with age ranges from 7 years old to Adults. These teams train weekly and then play in a monthly pan-disability football tournaments.


Player Development Centre 

Chelsea FC Foundation runs the Disability Player Development Centre for Surrey FA. Boys and Girls in school years 8 – 11 and of a high playing ability are eligible for the Centre and must be able to qualify for one of the FA’s national impairment specific squads:

• Amputee

• Cerebral Palsy

• Deaf

• Learning Disability

• Visually Impaired 


We would like to invite elite players to attend trials, where they will take part a training and session and a series of matches, and be assessed by a number of our coaching and recruitment team. 


CP Centre of Excellence

Chelsea FC Foundation runs the South East Region Centre for Cerebral Palsy. We have teams for U16's and 16+. These teams compete in the National Cerebral Palsy League against 7 other centres. The main aim in these centres is to push the players through to play for the National Teams.


Wheelchair Football

At Chelsea FC Foundation we run wheelchair football sessions once a month. These sessions are for both wheelchair and power chair users.


Blind Football Awareness Sessions

Chelsea FC Foundation have coaches skilled in delivering blind/visually impaired session. These could take the format of sessions for players with visual impairments, or as inclusive sessions where they will demonstrate the skills and techniques used by blind footballers as seen at the London 2012 Paralympics.

For further information on any of the above please contact rob.seale@chelseafc.com