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 Willaston White Star.
Team name: Willaston White Star Location: Willaston, Cheshire Age group: Under-14 Coach: Kevan Wright
Willaston White Star are an U-14 boys team from Nantwich in Cheshire. They play in the Mid-Cheshire FA league and have been coached by Kevan Wright since they were U-7s. They are sponsored by their local dealership network, Holdcroft Crewe.
This season, Willaston 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 his team and the Hyundai FC initiative, Willaston coach, Kevan Wright said: “I started coaching when my three boys started playing, initially I was just helping out as a parent but eventually became the coach of my middle son’s team about six years ago. We’ve got a really strong side challenging for the league every year. When you win more games than you lose it keeps the motivation high.”
“The pitch day was fantastic – a great experience for the boys and one they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. It’s been really well run and I’ve learnt a lot from the coaches on how to keep training sessions simple.”
In September, Kevan and some of the other Hyundai FC coaches visited Chelsea’s Cobham training ground to watch Frank Lampard and the first team in action, before participating in a coaching education session with the club’s training staff.
In October, the Chelsea Foundation coaches paid Willaston and the other Hyundai FC teams another visit to give them more in-depth training and apply their new skills and knowledge in a competitive match environment.
Check back here to find out about our remaining Hyundai FC clubs.