St Dunstan’s College has announced a groundbreaking partnership with Chelsea FC Foundation, set to widen access to top-flight sport for young people across Lewisham and south-east London

St Dunstan’s College and Chelsea FC Foundation have forged a new partnership designed to increase access to high-quality sporting experiences across Lewisham and south-east London. As part of the football partnership, Chelsea FC Foundation will have a full-time officer based at the school to develop the new programme. They will work closely with the St Dunstan’s team to reach out and build relationships across Lewisham, as well as seeking to identify further partnership and wider community opportunities. 

The partnership will see a calendar of events take place across the year, including experiences for the wider community. Chelsea FC Foundation will also support St Dunstan’s with Lewisham sporting events, coaching sessions, and supporting state schools with sports days. The Foundation will deliver coaching for St Dunstan’s pupils from Monday to Thursday and facilitiate student visits to the Chelsea FC training ground in Cobham.  

St Dunstan's College announces partnership with Chelsea FC Foundation
Chelsea FC Foundation and St Dunstan’s will work together to widen sporting opportunities across the whole of south-east London

St Dunstan’s Head Nick Hewlett says: “We are delighted to announce this new partnership with Chelsea FC Foundation. Sport at St Dunstan’s has been on an incredible journey in recent years, and this is the next exciting chapter in our history. We are passionate about our local community, and I am particularly pleased that this new partnership will not only benefit our pupils, but young people across the whole borough. It really does have the potential to transform football across south-east London”.

Daniel Jacquart, Head of Football Development at Chelsea FC Foundation, adds: “We are thrilled to be working with St Dunstan’s College offering bespoke football opportunities for pupils and the local community. Chelsea Foundation’s highly qualified and experienced coaching will enable players of all levels to develop and enhance their footballing ability and skills within a first-class environment’”.

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