The Chelsea Foundation recently visited the Feyenoord Foundation to co-deliver the first ever Digital Blue robot football programme overseas.

Staff from our Foundation education team visited the new Feyenoord Hub in south Rotterdam at the beginning of the month and delivered two sessions to 40 students from the local Rotterdam school.

Aged between 10 and 12-years-old, the students got hands on with Sphero and iPads to take part in robot football to learn basic coding skills, while pupils also took part in online coding challenges based on Star Wars, Harry Potter and Minecraft.

Chelsea Foundation head of education Matt Mead said: ‘In collaboration with our colleagues from the Feyenoord Foundation, we spent the day educating young minds to the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and why coding and computational thinking are such critical skills for young people to learn in the modern world.

’80 per cent of careers by 2020 will require some level of STEM knowledge, so sharing our Digital Blue programme with an international team and students, was a pleasure.

‘It was enjoyable to see Dutch children enjoying similar learning experience to their counterparts in London and how easy it was to overcome language barriers via learning, football and fun!

‘Having first shared our Digital Blue programme as a speaker at EFDN Paris in 2018, it’s great to kick off our first European partnership with Feyenoord.

‘Following EFDN 2019 at Stamford Bridge, we hope to add more European clubs to our network, so we can explore how Digital Blue can impact more students and teach these critical skills in more countries.’

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