The Chelsea Foundation in partnership with Hyundai has delivered a unique coaching experience for 11 grassroots clubs across the UK.
More than 150 players joined the Hyundai FC programme with Chelsea Foundation coaches providing a combination of virtual coaching during the Covid-19 pandemic and physical coaching visits when it was safe to do so.
Taking place at local club facilities, male and female grassroots teams with players aged 12 to 14 years old took part in the Hyundai FC programme which ran from October 2020 to June 2021.
Delivered by Foundation coaches, the fun and engaging coaching sessions were designed to create an authentic Chelsea Foundation coaching experience for the players, with the sessions linked to a coaching topic of the manager's choice.
Chelsea Foundation international operations and events manager Mike Cornall said: ‘Chelsea Foundation, supported by Hyundai, worked with players from a number of grassroots clubs across the UK and it was a fantastic experience from start to finish.
‘It was great to see so much enjoyment and fun for players learning new skills by providing a unique Chelsea coaching experience for them all. I am sure they will walk away with a memory that will last a lifetime.
‘With the challenges the last season has provided with the COVID-19 Pandemic, it was incredible to provide an authentic and unforgettable experience for the players and coaches who give so much to the grassroots game.’
Peter Boag, team manager at grassroots football club Carnoustie Panmure FC, added: ‘The players, coaches and families loved being involved with the Hyundai FC and Chelsea Foundation programme during the 2020/21 season.
‘In what was a difficult year for all, the tie in with the Chelsea coaching staff gave our team the chance to focus on a unique football experience.
‘The dedicated coaching programme the Academy coaches delivered for us over their weekend in Carnoustie was the highlight. It provided memories that stick with the players throughout their football development for years to come.’