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 the season. The final team to introduce is Woodley Saints.
Team name: Woodley Saints
Location: Reading, Berkshire
Age group: Under-13
Coach: Dan Allen
Woodley Saints are an U-13 boys team from Reading in Berkshire, playing in the East Berkshire FA Division 4. They are coached by Dan Allen and sponsored by their local dealership network, Eden Motor Group.
This season, Woodley 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, Woodley coach, Dan Allen said: “Coaching the kids has given me a lot of personal development which I’ve been able to pass on to the kids, so being able to share in that development with them has been extremely rewarding. The team have always been together since they started so they’ve all come a long way and had a lot fun in doing so.”
“The pitch day was absolutely fantastic – a day I will always remember. The foundation coaches were really knowledgeable and approachable - it’s always good to get another trainers perspective on how to do things and they gave me some great tips to apply to my sessions going forward.”
2020 will mark season two of Hyundai FC as we will be running a competition to take on eleven new clubs to participate in our grassroots scheme.
Being a part of Hyundai FC will give our partner clubs access to a range of benefits to aid the development of their club. This unique opportunity includes new kit for each club courtesy of our dealership sponsors, as well as expert training sessions from Chelsea FC Foundation coaches and more money can’t buy experiences.
Check back here throughout the year to find out more about Hyundai FC and all our participating clubs.