Foundation teams compete at Kicks Cup

Chelsea Foundation recently made the trip to Manchester in a bid to gain national bragging rights at the Premier League Kicks Cup.

Held at the University of Manchester’s Wythenshawe Sports Ground, the annual event brought together 89 teams from 64 professional football clubs to showcase the Premier League Kicks programme.

The Kicks programme started within the Chelsea Foundation in 2012 and since then has positively benefited young people in at risk areas through football, multi-sports and education.

Players were chosen from the club’s weekly Kicks session to represent the Chelsea Foundation and they were given a tour of the National Football Museum and the Etihad Stadium before taking to the field the following day.

The girl’s Under-16 team made it to the quarter-finals of the tournament before being knocked out on penalties by Newcastle United, while the boy’s Under-16s side progressed through to the final only to suffer a 2-0 defeat to West Ham United, who were crowned winners of the tournament for the fifth successive year.

Senior social inclusion officer Andrew Ducille said: ‘It was my first year being involved in the tournament and it was fantastic.

‘We brought together young people from four different boroughs to take part and I could not be more proud of their attitude and their application on the day.

‘They all were unbelievable ambassadors for the programme and hopefully we will be winners next year!’

That wasn’t the only bit of success achieved recently by our Chelsea Foundation Kicks participants.

Chelsea Foundation were represented at the Fulham Kicks Cup held at Motspur Park and it turned out to be a day to remember for as we were crowned champions of the tournament following a dramatic penalty shoot-out win.

To find out more about the Premier League Kicks programme and how to get involved, click here.