Chelsea F.C. Foundation, London,

Formed in 2010, the Chelsea Foundation brings together the Football in the Community and the Education department along with the club’s other charitable and community activities, including environment and anti-discrimination projects.

As one of the world’s leading football social responsibility programme the Chelsea Foundation uses the power of sport to motivate, educate and inspire. The power of football can be harnessed to support communities and individuals both at home and abroad; the Chelsea Foundation works on a broad range of initiatives focusing on employment, education, social deprivation, crime reduction, youth offending and much more.

Through soccer schools in 8 countries, the Chelsea Foundation works to develop young people’s skills and help tackle the issue of discrimination in football. In 2010 this led to the Building Bridges initiative, which works with various anti-racism charities in order to promote equality throughout football and life in general. Through Building Bridges, the Chelsea Foundation also supports fans and aspiring footballers with disabilities with a view to improving the inclusivity of the sport.

The Chelsea FC Foundation Education department aims to work collaboratively to promote community cohesion, education and lifelong learning. Working in partnership with learning providers, we use the power of football and the Chelsea style to excite and motivate learners of all ages.

Their education department continues to build on successful relationships with schools and the local community and to develop and deliver exciting education initiatives which help inspire participants to achieve their learning goals. Each season the education projects help over 2,000 learners aged seven to 70 plus.

The employability programmes support job seekers to find work, whilst supporting learning in over 60 partner schools across Elmbridge, Hammersmith and Fulham, Wandsworth, Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea. In particular, projects focus on improving participants' skills and attitudes to learning, the club's rich history and changes in lifestyle and society over the last century. Literacy, numeracy, employability, enterprise, design and technology are a focus for the projects, with anti-discrimination, celebrating equality and diversity also being key messages taught across their programmes.