Every summer, enthusiastic young football players from all over the world come the Chelsea FC Foundation soccer camp in England to sharpen their ball skills and improve their English.
The London-based camp provides them with the unique opportunity to improve their footballing techniques under the guidance of professional coaches from the Chelsea FC Foundation.
General and advanced programme
Official Chelsea FC sports kit
Programs with or without English
It’s necessary to travel to attend training and English classes
Low number of hours of training per week
At the same, the students can have fun improving their English skills thanks to a program organised by the famous Berlitz language school.
The summer camp is aimed at children between the ages of 9 and 17 who are passionate about football but also want to have fun while improving their linguistic abilities. However, those who already have a good grasp of the English language can chose a program that focuses purely on football.
There are two main programs with further options available within each program.
Football with English:
- 12 hours of football training per week
- 15 hours of English lessons per week
- Basic football skills coaching
- Technical training (advanced option for players who are members of an affiliated team)
- Goalkeeper training* (specialist option for children aged 12 to 17 years )
Football without English:
- 20 hours of football training per week
- Basic football skills coaching
- Technical training (advanced option for players who are members of an affiliated team)
- Goalkeeper training* (specialist option for children aged 12 to 17 years)
*Please note that the goalkeepers’ program carries an extra charge of £100 per week on top of the standard price. A minimum number of reservations are required to enable this course to go ahead.
You can see the features of these programs in more detail in the training tab
Chelsea FC Foundation Training
At the Chelsea FC Foundation soccer camp, children aged between 9 and 17 can spend the summer training like their professional heroes at top class facilities in London, England. During their stay at the camp, the students will learn all the vital techniques and tactics that are required to develop as a football player. In addition, they will train alongside like-minded youngsters from all over the world in an open and inclusive environment.
All football training sessions are guided by coaches from the Chelsea FC Foundation at their installations at the University of Roehampton in London.
Hours of training per week: 12 or 20 h / week
Required Age: 9 - 17 years
Languages spoken by coaches: English
MINIMUM level of football required to take part in the camp: Beginner
Levels of training offered by the camp: Advanced, intermediate and beginner
How are the groups organized? The groups are organized according to age
Number of children per group: 10-15
Number of coaches per group: 1
There are a total of six different training programs to choose from at the Chelsea FC Foundation summer camp. To help you choose the right one for your child, here is a summary of what each program includes:
Football + English program:
- 12 hours of football training combined with 15 hours of English classes per week
- 20 hours of football training per week without English classes
Technical football program + English:
- Advanced training program aimed at children who are affiliated to a local club consisting of 12 hours of football training and 15 hours of English classes per week.
Technical football program:
- Advanced training program aimed at children who are affiliated to a local club consisting of 12 hours of football training per week without English classes.
Goalkeeper program + English:
- Training program specifically designed for young goalkeepers aged between 12 and 18 years consisting of 12 hours of football training and 15 hours of English classes per week.
- Training program specifically designed for young goalkeepers aged between 12 and 18 years consisting of 20 hours of football training per week without English classes.
During the goalkeeper training program, the students will spend some time together practicing techniques specific to their discipline. They will then join up with the main training group for the rest of the day.
Due to the specialist nature of the goalkeeper training program, the groups are very small with a minimum of four and a maximum of six students per session.
A minimum of four children are needed for the goalkeeper program to take place and an additional cost of £100 must be applied to the standard price.
All training sessions at the Chelsea FC summer camp are directed by professional coaches affiliated to the foundation’s football academies. This means that the children will be trained by coaches who work regularly with the club’s youth academies at their training facilities in Cobham, Surrey.
The coaches and their assistants are fully qualified and UEFA accredited. They all have extensive experience of teaching football skills, techniques and tactics to young children and teenagers in a multicultural training environment.
Chelsea Football Club was originally founded in 1905 by the Mears brothers - two entrepreneurs from London who also owned the famous Stamford Bridge stadium. The club spent it early years rising and falling between the top two divisions of English football before eventually win their first league title in 1955. Today, Chelsea are recognised as one of the best teams in the Premier League and attract supporters from all over the globe. They regularly compete in the top European competitions such as the Champions League.
During recent years, many famous players from around the world and have been lured to London to don the shirt of the Blues. Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba are just a few of the big name players who have plied their trade at Stamford Bridge.
In addition, the club has recruited some of the best and most respected coaches in the world including Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte and Rafael Benitez.
In England, the club has won five top-flight titles, seven FA Cups and five League Cups. On the European stage, Chelsea’s trophy haul includes one Champions League, one Europa League, two Cup Winners’ Cups and one Super Cup.
Chelsea FC Foundation English Lessons
The English classes at the Chelsea FC Foundation summer camp are hosted by the famous Berlitz language school. The organisation boasts a roster of teachers who are experienced in teaching both adults and children intensive language programs in a multicultural environment.
Language classes at Football camp
The Berlitz language school has developed its own teaching method which incorporates the topic of football into English language classes.
All the staff members and teaching programs of the Berlitz School are supported by both the British Council, the official organisation which manages and standardises the teaching of English worldwide; and English UK, the association for English teaching in the United Kingdom.
The English language Courses
The students will partake in 15 hours of English lessons per week between Monday and Friday. During the classes, they will carry out activities that promote participation and help to improve their communication skills.
The teaching methods are interactive and fun, placing emphasis on spoken expression. In addition, the program is specifically designed for youngsters, using football and their social environment as a reference point.
The course includes a variety of learning strategies including role playing and teamwork. To ensure an attentive learning experience, class sizes are limited to a maximum of 15 students per group.
The language classes of the Chelsea FC Foundation are hosted at the facilities of Kingston University, next to the student residences.
The classes are taught by fully-qualified teachers who are experienced in teaching English to young people. The teachers are also responsible for assigning the students to the appropriate groups.
In order to do this, each student is assessed upon arrival at the centre to determine their current knowledge of the English language. They are then placed into groups where they can work, progress and learn at a suitable pace.
Chelsea FC Foundation Agenda
Students who attend the Chelsea FC Foundation summer camp in London will get the chance to have fun and enjoy themselves away from the training ground and classroom through a range of exciting activities.
At the end of each day between Monday and Friday, the camp staff members will organise various events to keep the children amused.
Moreover, when the weekend arrives, even more fun can be had on the half-day and full-day excursions that are included as part of the package.
The evening activities are held at the University of Roehampton residence, while the excursions will involve a trip away from the accommodation facilities.
The recreational schedule will help the non-native students to improve their English conversational skills, while also giving them a chance to interact and get to know each other better.
The activities are designed to be fun, creative and entertaining but in a way that also helps to improve the children's understanding of English and sharpen their vocabulary.
Examples of evening activities include:
- Talent show
- Quiz night
- Movie night
The half-day excursions will be dedicated to visiting the city of London and Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge Stadium, while full-day trips will focus on exploring other points of interest in England’s fascinating capital city.
Chelsea FC Foundation Accommodation
To ensure that students are comfortable during their time at the Chelsea FC summer camp, the foundation has selected the facilities of the University of Roehampton as the residence venue for its programs.
This high quality venue provides single rooms with shared bathrooms and is equipped with all the facilities that the children will need to remain comfortable and feel at home during their summer break.
Chelsea FC Foundation camp Accommodation
Digby Stuart College Residence
Distance between facilities
The common areas are designed to create a comfortable atmosphere where students can get to know and interact with one another. As well as chatting and relaxing with their new friends, participants can watch TV, play pool or enjoy a game of table tennis.
A bus is provided by the organization to transport the students from the residence halls to the Chelsea FC Foundation training pitches in Cobham.
Chelsea FC Foundation attaches great importance to the safety of the boys and girls who participate in its activities, both inside and outside of the training camps.
Parents can rest assured that the students are always be under the supervision of a group of responsible monitors dedicated exclusively to each group. The supervisors act as liaison between the organization and the students, taking care of all their queries and attending to their most immediate needs at the camp.
Chelsea FC Foundation Prices
|Duration (Weeks)||Chelsea FC - Programa estándar + Idiomas|
|Summer Soccer Camp with English||Summer Soccer Camp|
|2 Weeks||3960 €||3600 €|
|4 Weeks||7320 €||6600 €|
|6 Weeks||10680 €||9600 €|
These courses are subject to a registration fee of 120€ charged by the camp
The official rate of this camp is determined in POUNDS, so the final amount in EUROS may vary slightly due to the fluctuation of both currencies.
Included in the price
- 15 hours of English lessons per week hosted by the Berlitz language school
- 12 hours of soccer training each week with coaches from the Chelsea FC Foundation
- Full-board accommodation at the student residence
- Daily bus to the training ground
- Chelsea FC Foundation equipment for training
- Excursion to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge Stadium
- 2 excursions each weekend
- All teaching materials needed for the English classes and the football training
- Free Internet access
- Official certificate for the English language course
- Official reception and presentation of the course to the students
Not included in the price
- Airport transfers
- Medical insurance
This camp offers an optional airport transfer service for added convenience. If you choose this service, your child will be collected by a supervisor from the airport or train station and escorted to the camp, and vice versa on the way back. This service is available at an additional cost as indicated below:
- Transfer from Gatwick Airport: €145 (one way) or €290 (return)
- Transfer from Heathrow Airport: €125 (one way) or €250 (return)
- Transfer from St Pancras Station: €140 (one way) or €280 (return)
- Camp cancellation or interruption insurance
If you want to rest assured that you can recover your money in the event that your child is unable to attend the camp or has to interrupt their stay in the camp because of unforeseen circumstances - our cancellation insurance policy may be of interest to you. More information here
- Travel insurance
We also offer a travel insurance policy that also includes medical assistance for just €8/week (for EU citizens) or €15/week (for the rest of the world).
Details of the full policy coverage can be found here
To book a place at the Chelsea FC Foundation, it is necessary to pay a deposit corresponding to 60% of the total amount. The remaining balance must be paid before May 31st.