Foundation in Female Pilot Scheme


The Chelsea Foundation linked up with the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) earlier this month to build upon the inaugural Goal Getters initiative.

That involved the Foundation and Deutsche Bank’s Born to Be, youth engagement programme, which proved a big hit during the last academic year.

The exciting pilot initiative, for 16- to 18-year-old females, ran for 12 weeks and was designed to offer the young women an opportunity to develop skills relevant to the modern job market through enterprise workshops and coaching. This included a real-life business brief to promote women’s football and to encourage more families to attend matches.

The young women from Crest Academy School in Neasden, London, were invited back to Stamford Bridge to work with the Foundation and PFA with the aim to start delivering training themselves to other young women, particularly those from minority ethnic groups in 2016 and beyond.

Chelsea Foundation schools education manager Sam Gaskin-Kemp said: ‘The girls benefitted a great deal from the Goal Getters programme and this event and the future work with the PFA is crucial to continue supporting these young women from disadvantaged backgrounds.

‘There is often an underrepresentation of females in attendance on initiatives such as “Play on Ref” and it was great to see Janie giving them the skills and confidence that will lead to positive participation in sport.

‘All in all it has been highly successful for everyone involved and we’re looking forward to continuing the work with this group and celebrating their success early next year.’

PFA Project Workers Kris Irwin and Riz Rehman joined Janie Frampton, the first female Football League referee, and female Foundation coaches at Stamford Bridge to deliver a workshop to the group along called ‘Play on Ref’ which was an introduction to refereeing and is targeted at 9 to 14-year-olds.

There are more joint activities planned over the coming months to develop the skills and confidence of the group.

Irwin said: ‘The Chelsea Foundation identified that the group would benefit from further intervention and we have collectively provided this opportunity to extended their learning by providing them with additional training opportunities delivered by Janie Frampton and supported by the Chelsea Foundation, Riz and myself.’

Rehman, who has a long-standing association with the Foundation through the Zesh Rehman Foundation, added: ‘We introduced the young women to the programme with the view for them to undertake the training and show them how to deliver the programme becoming the trainers rather than participants – offering discipline, empowerment and much needed confidence that is very much needed to be a referee.’