We’ve partnered with Chelsea FC Foundation to launch Hyundai FC - a grassroots football initiative to support junior football clubs up and down the country.
From Southampton to Durham, Hyundai FC is made up of 11 grassroots clubs ranging from under-8s to under-15s, and over the next few months we'll introduce each team and check in on their experience so far.
First up is Barnoldswick Town Juniors.
Team name: Barnoldswick Town Juniors Location: Barnoldswick, Lancashire Age group: Under-10 Girls Coach: Bobby Sharp
From the football-proud county of Lancashire, the Barnoldswick Town Juniors under-10 girls’ team is a group of Lionesses in the making. Coached by Bobby Sharp, the club is sponsored by local Hyundai dealership, Cars2 Bradford.
In May, the team travelled down to Stamford Bridge where they took part in our exciting Hyundai FC launch day, which included some football drills led by Chelsea FC Foundation coaches on the famous pitch as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium.
The Chelsea FC Foundation coaches then hit the road a few weeks later to visit Barnoldswick and further develop the skills the players learnt at Stamford Bridge, taking the team on a bespoke coaching session ahead of the new season.
On the team and Hyundai FC, Barnoldswick Town Juniors coach Bobby Sharp said: “I’ve been involved with the team for just over a year now and they’re an amazing group of footballers. Playing for the team they get much more out of it than just turning up and kicking a ball – they make friends and learn skills like discipline."
“It’s been fantastic to watch how the Chelsea coaches operate and how they communicate – what an experience this is for the girls! Not many grassroots clubs get opportunities like this, so we’re incredibly grateful.”
Bobby Sharp, Barnoldswick Town Juniors
Throughout 2019, each of the Hyundai FC clubs will receive support including further Chelsea Foundation coaching sessions, a coach’s trip to Chelsea FC's world-class training facilities at Cobham to watch Chelsea players train and bespoke Nike kits.
Check back here throughout 2019 to find out more about the rest of our Hyundai FC clubs.