Stamford Bridge last week hosted the 12th European Football for Development Network (EFDN) conference with representatives from clubs, leagues and organisations from around the world visiting SW6 for the two-day event.
The EFDN is a network of a community-engaged professional football clubs, leagues and organisations who are committed to their social responsibility and have the passion to cooperate and work together on a European level.
Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin played host at the event while another former Chelsea player and now club ambassador Tore Andre Flo opened the conference on Tuesday with a welcoming speech before Head of Foundation Simon Taylor delivered a presentation on what work the Chelsea Foundation does at home and abroad.
As the event continued through to Wednesday, break-out sessions took place at the Bridge in which representatives from different clubs and organisations focused on their own programmes while Foundation staff delivered practical sessions and workshops focusing on our programmes including Chelsea Champions, Digital Blue and our award-winning ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign.
Chief executive of EFDN, Hubert Rovers, said: ‘The main purpose of our organisation is to share best practices and share learning through conferences or online platforms.
‘We create opportunities through European funding, through programmes, we do work on equality impact and we also run ‘more than football’ action weeks for visibility.
He added: ‘Being at Chelsea, which is the biggest Foundation in not only the UK, but in Europe, has been a great opportunity for everyone to learn.
‘Chelsea has been amazing in sharing all of these projects on STEM education, their antisemitism programme and we’ve had great support in organising and hosting this event.
‘We’ve had nothing but positive feedback so it’s been great to be here at Chelsea.’
Head of Chelsea Foundation Simon Taylor added: ‘The EFDN conference is one of the most prestigious gathering of clubs’ community programmes and is a great way of learning best practice from a wide range of experts across the industry.
‘It was a pleasure to host 83 clubs and numerous associations and governing bodies.’