Understandably, this year saw grassroots football take a different tactic through virtual development sessions provided by our partners, The Chelsea Foundation. The response has been fantastic. Over 100 kids registered, and over 80 teens from our older age groups got on board too.
The Club also partnered with app creator Amaven to create our new FUFC App. Offering specific skill development with different drills each week helps players practice and up their game. We maintained the match-like competitiveness by holding competitions across all age groups. The three winners, Ben Budd, Charlie Rogers and Finlay Williams, walked away with some awesome prizes. Not only is the app helping development while we’re away from the pitch, but we hope that kids will continue to benefit for the rest of the season.
This Easter holiday saw Farnham United bring their first-ever Soccer School run by The Chelsea Foundation to Monkton Lane, with 150 kids booked each day. Chelsea Foundation coaches delivered technical training and small-sided games as well as providing professional development and support to players, coaches and volunteers.
Chelsea Foundation officer Ben Mitchell explains why their Soccer Schools are so important:
“It’s always a pleasure working with our association grassroots football club’s players and the people that help run them throughout the season. Our Soccer School courses are a very popular addition to our grassroots support. Over the Easter period, they’ve helped us to engage with around 300 players. Our commitment to helping our local grassroots communities is a vital part of our football development programme to ensure players are given a chance to play and represent their local club as well as helping to raise the coaching standards.”
Due to its huge success, we’re pleased to announce we’ll be running another Soccer School again this May half term. To book, click here Chelsea FC Foundation | Soccer Schools .
We’re very happy to reveal that our smart new Club Café is now open, and it’s been amazing to see so many of you support it over the last few weeks.
For making it happen, we have to give a huge thanks to The Football Foundation, who helped fund the work. A shout-out also goes to JWBrickwork, AGM Landscapes and Strawberry Signs, who worked hard to create an inviting space for you to enjoy the football. And we must also mention our brilliant meat suppliers and sponsors, Morgan’s Butchers (the bacon baps are a must).
The café development is part of our wider commitment to improving the facilities at Monkton Lane. There’s a lot more in the pipeline, and we can’t wait to see what next season brings.