Chelsea Foundation recently joined the Premier League in celebrating the positive impact of individuals within our community as the Premier League Charitable Fund marked its 10-year-anniversary.
The Premier League Charitable Fund (PLCF) was established in 2010 to distribute funding provided by the Premier League to professional football club organisations across England and Wales, supporting them in their delivery of local outreach initiatives.
As part of the celebratory activity, the PLCF 10-Year Anniversary Awards took place last week as the Foundation recognised the achievements of people who have made a positive difference to others in the community over the past decade.
Across the week, we announced our award winners on our Foundation Twitter and below we highlight the reasons why they have been recipients of their awards.
Premier League Primary Stars award winners
Nuray was given her award after showing the true values of the Premier League Primary Stars initiative; be ambitious, be inspiring, be connected and be fair.
Claude Gauci of Servite Primary and James Moseley of Holy Cross & Fulham Bilingual were both rewarded as facilitators for always inspiring and supporting their pupils and staff with participating in all of the activities and being engaged in the programmes.
Premier League Kicks award winners
Scarlett has been a participant on our Kicks programme since 2017 and has represented the club at two Kicks Cup events. She has started her coaching journey by completing her FA Level 1 and has always led by example during her time as a participant on the programme.
Abdi Ayen has helped the Chelsea Foundation to deliver a number of activities and also delivered a Kicks league where he had 80 young people take part in competitive football each week. More recently, Abdi helped the Foundation with food delivered across Kensington and Chelsea to support families who have been vulnerable during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Premier League Inspires award winners
Cole is a pupil at one of our partner schools, and after producing a positive social action project and creating change within his school community he was rewarded with our Premier League Inspires Participant Award.
Sam Mardle is our Schools Education Manager at the Chelsea Foundation and has inspired and supported young people to make a positive difference through the Premier League Inspires programme.
Premier League PFA Community Fund award winners
Marisa was awarded the Premier League PFA Community Fund award after working closely with the Chelsea Champion at the\ school to develop her emotional wellbeing and resilience. Marisa has taken every opportunity in her role a Chelsea Champion Ambassador to flourish, grow and develop.
Bob Holmes has shown commitment to our senior communities since 2011 and has created a community that extends far beyond the weekly sessions based at Cobham. He has continually gone above and beyond in his support of the group and the Chelsea Foundation.
Transformational Journey award winners
Tyra Mills began her journey as a participant on our Kicks programme in 2015. A fantastic leader and role model for younger participants she worked hard to become a volunteer and sessional worker. Tyra’s hard work paid off and she is now the Female Engagement Co-ordinator within the Foundation.
Abdul Adam and Eric Hartman were both unemployed when they met at a Chelsea Foundation employability programme in 2009. Fast forward 11 years and not only are they still friends, they are full-time members of staff at the club. An impressive journey!
A huge congratulations to all our award winners!