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 Crofton Juniors.
Team name: Crofton Juniors Location: Crofton, West Yorkshire Age group: Under-11 Coach: Mark Turner
The Junior Boys Under-11 team are from Crofton in West Yorkshire. They are an attack-minded team who have been coached by parent Mark Turner for the past 3 years and sponsored by local dealership, Cars2 Wakefield.
This summer, Crofton and the 10 other Hyundai FC teams have been given the ultimate football experience – the chance to play on Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge pitch, bespoke coaching sessions with Chelsea Foundation coaches and new Nike clubs kits and tracksuits.
Speaking about the team and the Hyundai FC initiative, Crofton Juniors coach, Mark Turner said: “I’ve been coaching the boys for three years now and to see how they’ve come on as players has been so rewarding, they’re a great group of kids.”
“The pitch day and coaching sessions more recently have been an incredible experience for them and they’ve had such a great time. The Chelsea Foundation coaches have been amazing and I’m really grateful to them for everything I’ve learnt. I can’t wait to try out some of the tips in our future training sessions.”
Mark Turner, Crofton Juniors coach
Later this month Mark and the other Hyundai FC coaches will be heading to Chelsea’s Cobham training ground to watch Frank Lampard and the first team in action before being put through their paces as they participate in a coaching session with the club’s academy teams.
Check back here throughout 2019 to find out more about the rest of our Hyundai FC clubs.