The Chelsea FC Foundation Education department aims to work collaboratively to promote community cohesion, education, lifelong learning and skills for the 21st century.
Working in partnership with learning providers, schools and businesses, 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, colleges 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 from seven to 70 and above.
Our employability programmes support job seekers to find work, while we support learning in over 60 partner schools and colleges across Hammersmith and Fulham, Wandsworth, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Brent. 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 and technology are a focus for our projects. Anti-discrimination, celebrating equality and diversity are also key messages taught across our programmes.
If you have any queries or questions please contact Matt Mead - Head of Education.
Using the powerful medium of football we design, create and deliver activities to stretch and challenge learners in fun and exciting ways. We aim to motivate and inspire learners while helping them to achieve their learning goals.
We offer a varied menu of activities, which include home (stadium-based) and away (school-based) fixtures. Programming also includes the opportunity to create bespoke programmes and activities to meet the needs of an individual school or group. Activities compliment what is delivered in schools as part of the curriculum and refer to the national curriculum.
PRIMARY SCHOOL OPTIONS:
Primary school options
As part of our primary schools offer, we deliver the Premier League Primary Stars programme.
Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field.
Learning is connected to the real world of sport to enthuse pupils when tackling challenging PSHE topics such as resilience, diversity, self-esteem and fair play.
We work with schools staff to deliver fun, educational sessions in a range of subjects that cover English and Maths to teamwork and PE.
Schools are invited to sign up and participate in the following CFC Foundation Primary Stars opportunities:
- CPD events for teachers
- Targeted teaching activities outside of curriculum
- Collapsed curriculum days for primary schools
- PSHE-themed assemblies and lessons
- Interventions for targeted groups
- Delivery of Maths and English activities for KS1 and KS2 pupils
- Mentoring of teachers in PE
We also include the following programmes as part of our core Primary Stars delivery:
Premier League Reading Stars - designed for eight to 14-year-olds who may be reluctant readers or at risk of under-achieving in reading. We offer a range of delivery models and support for this 10-week programme.
Game of Two Halves - Combining two 45-minute sessions, participants take part in a physical activity session and a PLRS session. The aim is to engage those who may be hard to reach and encourage an increase in participation in physical activity.
Equality and Diversity Workshops - Two classroom-based sessions which explore equality and diversity. Groups will create their own pledge or promise as part of a competition.
If you would like to be involved in the PL Primary Stars programme please email us at:
We offer further additional bespoke programmes in the following:
- Technology based activities including the Digital Blue Programme and the Chelsea Foundation Digital Camp, addressing STEM and 21st tech skils
- Primary Business Enterprise Challenge
- World War 1 and 2 literature exploration
- Supporter to Reporter sessions
- Maths and the stadium
- Play on Ref
- Young Women’s Programme
- Architecture and design
SECONDARY SCHOOL OPTIONS:
Premier League Enterprise - This is a 20-hour programme for all secondary school-aged pupils which explores understanding a football club as a business. The programme focuses on developing key enterprise skills and students have the chance to visit Stamford Bridge as part of a stadium day.
Premier League Enterprise Challenge - The annual challenge aims to encourage and develop a variety of business skills including problem-solving, creativity, innovation, team-work and enterprise. Secondary school pupils are invited to nominate teams to take part in a number of sessions where they will develop a business idea based upon the challenge set by Richard Scudamore from the Premier League. Students pitch their business ideas in the heats, and the wining team has the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges at the regional finals.
Exploring the business of football - A half-day workshop where participants meet different people from within the business and learn about their career paths. They will have the opportunity to find out more about other roles and jobs within the organisation.
Mindset - A half-day workshop which focuses on resilience with guest speakers who have been involved in the professional world of football. The session explores how individuals have overcome barriers in their lives and students will create their own action plan with goals.
Play on Ref - students are coached and trained to deliver the introduction to refereeing course within their school and their local community.
- Young Women’s Programme
- Goal Getters
- Monopoly workshop
- Careers advice and inspiration
- Anti-discrimination workshops
If you would like to make a booking or have any queries or questions, please contact Sam Gaskin-Kemp - Schools Education Manager.
Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
Enterprise and entrepreneurship at the Chelsea FC Foundation is at the core of our educational delivery. Whether we are engaging school children in their first experience of enterprise or helping a job seeker progress from Job Seekers Allowance onto the New Enterprise Allowance, in order for them to start their own business, the Foundation provides a platform to explore entrepreneurship.
By using the powerful business model of Chelsea FC (including hotels, catering and retail), we are able to bring business to life and inspire our learners to innovate and cultivate ideas through a modern-day business approach and collaborating in a lean and efficient way to get them started.
The Edge of the Box Club is for job seekers who are looking to start a business, local start-ups and businesses who care about start-ups. The Edge of the Box Club provides a platform where start-ups can address problems and find solutions through collaborative innovation. The start-up club provides innovation workshops to help businesses, guest speakers and opportunities to build the right networks. We regularly attract over 125 start-up businesses each month and are considered one of the most important early start-up clubs in London.
The Chelsea Entrepreneur Programme works with job seekers who are looking to start a business. This is an incubator for business ideas to develop and grow. The programme covers key areas such as finding the perfect customer, market research, financials, pricing, social media, building a brand, marketing and sales. This is a partnership with Ixion Holdings who deliver the New Enterprise Allowance across the whole of London. We also encourage the mind-set of customer, customer, customer and the lean start-up. This is a superb learning experience that enables you to think and act like a start-up. Learners achieve a level 2 qualification in Enterprise and the Entrepreneurial mind-set.
The Edge of the Box Club is for job seekers who are looking to start a business, local start-ups and businesses who care about start-ups. The club provides a platform where start-up problems can find solutions through collaborative innovation. The club provides innovation workshops to help businesses, guest speakers and opportunities to build the right networks.
Business Finance Training – Over 80 per cent of start-up businesses fail because of a lack of financial awareness and planning. We offer a level 1 Accountancy qualification to further support our learners to achieve a sustainable business. The qualification focuses on the basic knowledge required to manage your business, including essential accounting procedures, mathematics for accounting, accounting in a professional environment and creating business documents. This can be a pathway from the Chelsea Entrepreneur Programme or as a stand-alone qualification for learners.
If you have any queries or questions, please contact Carl Southwell - Enterprise & Employability Manager.
Further & Higher Education
Further Education at the Chelsea FC Foundation harnesses the power of football to train the next generation of sports professionals, to actively intervene to prevent young people becoming unemployed and to support those who are back into work. Our team of dedicated teaching and coaching professionals deliver excellent and innovative programmes to a wide range of communities within the Greater London area. This is made possible through our strong and dynamic relationships with our associated colleges, training providers and referring agencies.
Chelsea FC Foundation delivers BTEC Sport across the West London area using the power of football to engage local young people to kick-start a career within the Sport and Active leisure Industry.
The Chelsea FC Foundation study programme consists of the full L2 or L3 BTEC in Sport or Exercise Science, English, Mathematics, work experience and enrichment activities.
The students are taught their BTEC by Chelsea FC Foundation’s fully-trained teaching and coaching staff, while the associated education providers deliver the English, Mathematic elements of the study programme. Chelsea FC Foundation organise additional specialist teaching and learning sessions delivered by experienced sports professionals.
Work experience is arranged through the associated education provider with additional opportunities within Chelsea FC Foundation, subject to DBS checks.
Enrichment activities include referee training with Play on Ref, Careers in Sport sessions, visits to HE, Business Tours of Stamford Bridge, Healthy Eating with Levy Restaurants, MyBnk, visits to Cobham Training Ground and an FA Level 1 in coaching.
Sports activities include football, gym and fitness sessions, basketball, table tennis, boxing and rugby coaching plus additional opportunities to play for college sports teams.
The progression routes from these courses include the Chelsea FCF L4 Foundation Degree, higher/further education and employment within the Sports and Leisure Industry.
Chelsea FC Foundation courses are in association with the following education delivery partners and all applications should be made to them directly:
College of North West London: https://www.cnwl.ac.uk/courses/sports-and-fitness
West London College: https://www.wlc.ac.uk/courses/finder?keywords=sport
Fulham Enterprise Studio: http://www.fulhamenterprise.net/
EMPLOYABILITY AND SPORT
The Award in Sport, for adults who are over the age of 19 and unemployed, is located within the Fulham Job Centre. This course is an integral part of the wider employability programme and supports clients to overcome the physical and emotional effects of unemployment and become work-ready.
Please ask your JCP advisor to refer you or contact the Foundation.
Re-engagement into Education, Training and Work - delivered by Chelsea FC Foundation education and training professionals along with teaching and employment support professionals from our associated colleges and partners. This is an intervention programme designed to support young people who are at risk of not being in education, employment or training (NEET).
Breaking Barriers is for adults who are over the age of 19 and unemployed, within three boroughs local to Stamford Bridge. The two-week course supports short and long-term unemployed into work through classroom-based activities, workshops, external speakers and events. There is one-two-one support in order to help gain employment and work experience.
Please ask your JCP advisor to refer you or contact the Foundation.
Premier League Works uses the power of Chelsea FC and the Premier League to engage young people (16 to 24-year-olds) who are often not involved in education, training or employment, and then provides a learning experience to help them become work-ready and achieve their life goals. Chelsea FC Foundation will be working with two groups of young people over a 12-month period at Stamford Bridge and West London College. The young people will be exposed to an alternative learning experience to build life and employment skills. This also includes a community engagement project and the chance to gain Level 1, 2 & 3 qualifications towards their next steps into further education or employment.
Accountancy is vital for the running of all businesses and at the Chelsea FC Foundation, we are pleased to be part of two innovative programmes within this field using qualifications from the globally recognised awarding organisation AAT.
LTSB L3 AAT Apprenticeship in Accountancy, for 16 to 24-year-olds, is a ground-breaking 16-month programme which supports young people into a career in the banking and finance sector. The Chelsea FC Foundation supports the pre-apprenticeship element by developing the young person's leadership and employability skills through a wide range of activities such as FA Level 1 in Football Coaching, volunteering opportunities, presentation training, interview training, external speakers and events. A London FE College delivers the L2 and L3 AAT qualifications using professional accountancy and education professionals. LTSB supports the young person to gain employment in the industry upon successful completion of the pre-apprenticeship and this support continues throughout a year-long paid-work placement.
L1 AAT Award in Accounting is for job seekers who are preparing to start up their own business and move from JSA onto NEA. The course teaches the basic understanding of small business financial planning and is essential for writing a business plan.
L2 Award in Accounting for your Own Business supports those who have moved from JSA onto NEA to financially prepare effectively and gain a working knowledge of the accountancy tools they require to set up and run their business. This course will help to ensure that each new small business owner is financially literate and will have a greater chance of setting up a long-term venture.
To apply for both these course please email your details to the Foundation.
FOUNDATION DEGREE IN FOOTBALL EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
The Chelsea FC Foundation has collaborated with St Mary’s University, Twickenham to launch an innovative and unique foundation degree programme in Football Education and Development.
The degree has academics and coaches from St Mary’s and education staff from Chelsea collaborating to provide students with real-life experience within an academic, conceptual and practical context. Students will be able to fulfil their potential within football, education and sporting environments.
Students will be able to take advantage of learning at Chelsea’s home ground Stamford Bridge and at our world-class training ground in Cobham, in addition to St Mary’s Strawberry Hill campus. They will also 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.