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 Cleethorpes Town.
Team name: Cleethorpes Town
Location: Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Age group: Under-11
Coach: Lottie Soar
Cleethorpes Town Under-11 Girls team are from Grimsby in Lincolnshire and are an up-and-coming side with limitless enthusiasm. They are coached by Lottie Soar and sponsored by local dealership, Read Hyundai Grimsby.
In May, Cleethorpes travelled down from Grimsby to the home of Chelsea Football Club, Stamford Bridge, where they took part in a training day on the pitch led by Chelsea FC Foundation coaches. As well as the training session, the team were given an exclusive look behind the scenes around the stadium.
The team were also visited by the Chelsea FC Foundation coaches in June to give them some extra training and to develop their skills even further beyond the pitch day at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking about the team and the Hyundai FC initiative, Cleethorpes Town coach, Lottie Soar said: “I’ve been coaching the girls for three years now and to see the progress they’ve made is so rewarding. A lot of them go to school together so they’ve got a really strong team spirit and all get on really well.”
“The pitch day has been an amazing experience for the girls and they’ve absolutely loved it – it definitely made the long journey worth it. The Chelsea FC Foundation coaches have been brilliant and I’m looking forward to using some of the tactics and tips I’ve learnt today in my own coaching sessions.”
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.