Bloomsbury Football is a London-based grassroots football charity working with over 5,000 young people per week. Our financial assistance model means that no one is turned away, and we cater to young people aged between 18 months to 18 years old. Everyone is welcome, regardless of ability to pay or play.
Bloomsbury Football reaches over 5,000 young people a week across 8 boroughs in London. We are dedicated to ensuring that every young person can access our sessions.
Our financial assistance model means that no player is turned away. 60% of players on our Foundation programme receive 80-100% bursaries.
We believe that a girl’s place is on the pitch. We have girls’ teams across our programmes and currently engage 1,500 girls per week across London.
In a survey, 92% of parents reported that Bloomsbury Football’s sessions have had a positive effect on their child’s mental wellbeing.
For those looking to take their football to the next level. In our Academy, it’s high commitment, high reward. Our boys’ and girls’ Academy is an elite-level football programme for exceptionally talented young players aged between seven and sixteen, offering London’s best and brightest the chance to reach their full potential.
For everybody. Bloomsbury’s Foundation offers an inclusive football programme aimed at seven- to sixteen-year-olds of all abilities, allowing young people of all backgrounds to get on the pitch (regardless of experience or ability).
Indoor pitches, smaller balls, faster pace. Our Futsal programme provides young people with a first-rate competitive Futsal experience. These sessions are open to players of all abilities, and the most talented young players can work toward progressing into Bloomsbury’s Futsal first teams.
For those seeking a head start in the game. The Bears is a specialized football programme aimed at children between the ages of two and six. The Bloomsbury Bears provide all children, regardless of background or ability, with an engaging and nurturing introduction to the sport.
A specialized football programme designed for seven- to fourteen-year-olds living with disabilities. Bloomsbury’s ‘Inclusion Sessions’ provide a safe and accessible introduction to football for young people whose specialized needs had previously seen them excluded from mainstream sport.
A series of specialized football programmes catering to young refugees. Bloomsbury’s Refugee Programme is designed to support new arrivals and to mitigate the suffering caused by alarming rates of social exclusion, marginalization and institutionalization among young refugees.
Bloomsbury Football is changing the game for young people in London. We exist because the price of play is worsening social division in our capital city, and we’re tired of grassroots standards- the flat footballs and waterlogged pitched. Our mission is to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to experience the life-changing power of the beautiful game. With our financial assistance model, no young person will be turned away.
Improves mental and physical health
Playing with Bloomsbury Football gives young people the access to the many mental and physical benefits of regular physical activity, as well as providing a support network by welcoming them into the Bloomsbury family.
Builds stronger communities
Our financial assistance model ensures that no young person is priced out of play, and our sessions bring young people from a wide range of backgrounds together. This tackles the increasing social division in our city, and teaches young people to play as a team and communicate more effectively.
Teaches life skills
Football is a reflection of the wider world – the lessons we learn on the pitch extend beyond the side lines. By presenting the beautiful game as a microcosm of society, we are able to teach valuable skills to young people that will help them to achieve their goals throughout their life.
I never thought that one year after coming to London I would be asked for a trial at a Premier League club! Thank you, Bloomsbury for making my dreams come true!Davide
I’ve always been interested in football but I could never find a dedicated girls session – finally being able to participate in regular sport has really helped me get through the COVID crisis’Adele
The care and dedication of the staff at Bloomsbury have been incredible throughout lockdown. My kids have been engaged and active thanks to a superb digital programme that the club organised in such a professional manner.Francesca – Parent
Changing the game with Decathlon
Bloomsbury Football has partnered with the international sports retailer Decathlon to continue changing the game for young people in London.
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