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 Byfleet Vipers.
Team name: Byfleet Vipers
Location: Byfleet, Surrey
Age group: Under-8 Boys
Coach: Garry Hills
Byfleet Vipers Under-8 Boys team are from Byfleet in Surrey and are an impressive team with lots of potential. They are coached by Gary Hills and are sponsored by local Hyundai dealership, Johnsons Hyundai.
In May, Byfleet were invited to Stamford Bridge, where they participated in a training day on the pitch led by Chelsea Foundation coaches as well as being given an exclusive look behind the scenes around the stadium.
In June, the Chelsea Foundation coaches made the short journey over from Cobham to give them some extra training and to develop their skills even further beyond the pitch day at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking on the team and the Hyundai FC initiative, Byfleet Vipers coach, Gary Hills said: “I’ve been coaching the boys for 18 months now and it’s been great. It has its ups and its downs but the fact my boy plays for the team makes it especially rewarding.”
“The pitch day has been fantastic and the Chelsea FC Foundation coaches have been very good - we’ll definitely be taking a lot from them. They’ve taught me exactly how to pull the training sessions together and be decisive so the boys get the most out of them.”
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.