We’ve partnered with the Chelsea FC Foundation to launch Hyundai FC - a flagship 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, each of which we will profile throughout 2019. The next team to introduce is Bishop Auckland St Mary's Juniors.
Team name: Bishop Auckland St Mary's Juniors Location: Bishop Auckland, Co Durham Age group: Under-8 Boys Coach: Andy Redhead
Bishop Auckland St Mary's Juniors under-8 boys’ team are from Bishop Auckland, County Durham, and will be ones to watch for the future. They are coached by Andy Redhead and are sponsored by local Hyundai dealership, SG Petch.
During May half term, the team made the long journey down to Stamford Bridge for a once-in-a-lifetime day with the Chelsea FC Foundation coaches. The youngsters started off with a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium before taking part in football drills led by coaches on the famous pitch.
The Chelsea FC Foundation coaches then hit the road to visit Bishop Auckland St Mary's Juniors in June 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, Bishop Auckland St Mary's Juniors coach Andy Redhead said: “I’ve been involved in football for about 10 years now, with two years of that spent with this team. It’s very rewarding coaching this team as I’ve been able to see the team develop – we’re like a big family."
“It was fantastic for the kids to be able to score on the Stamford Bridge pitch. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them and it will stay with them forever. It’s also been great for the coaches. We’ve already learnt so much from the Chelsea pros.”
Andy Redhead, Bishop Auckland St Mary's Juniors
Throughout 2019, each of the Hyundai FC clubs will receive support including further Chelsea Foundation coaching sessions, an opportunity for the coaches to watch Chelsea teams train at Cobham and bespoke Nike kits.
Check back here throughout 2019 to find out more about the rest of our Hyundai FC clubs.