The Foundation programme gives every young person aged between 7 and 16 the chance to get on the pitch & experience the power of football.
The Foundation is a vital part of delivering on Bloomsbury Football’s overall mission – ensuring that no young person is excluded from football or priced out of play. In 2022, we ran 46 weekly sessions across 5 boroughs, engaging more than 400 young people a week.
The Foundation supports every young person to achieve their goals. In an inclusive and welcoming environment, players will improve their football skills, mental & physical health, make new friends and most importantly, have fun!
We welcome players of all levels and abilities because we know that joining a football academy requires high commitment levels and is not for everyone. The Foundation provides a pathway for young people to train on a weekly basis with qualified coaches.
There are no trials involved with our weekly Foundation sessions – all you need to do is sign up and show up. Some players are invited to join a Foundation Team and compete in weekly matches.
Our financial model is the same for weekly Foundation sessions, and open sessions are fully funded and free for all to play.
At Bloomsbury Football, we are committed to showing girls that their place is on the pitch. We have female coaches leading sessions and acting as role models for our players. There are two main pathways for players at Bloomsbury: Academy teams or playing with The Foundation. Along with our Girls Academy teams, The Foundation has been running dedicated Girls sessions since 2020- we currently run 4 a week across 2 London boroughs, and this number is growing.
The Foundation offers boys of all levels and abilities the opportunity to participate in high quality football sessions on a regular basis. Some players aged between 7 and 14 who attend weekly Foundation sessions will be invited to join a Foundation team. This offers the best Foundation players to train twice a week and play competitive matches, as well as creating a potential pathway to our Academy.
La Liga x Bloomsbury Football
The top Spanish football league, LaLiga, has partnered with Bloomsbury Football to offer a unique footballing experience to our Foundation players. LaLiga landed in the UK in 2020 with the mission to support football at the grassroots level in the country. They are champions of Bloomsbury’s game-changing work and together we kicked off the LaLiga x Bloomsbury Football League in the summer of 2022. These Leagues offer Bloomsbury players the chance to represent top LaLiga teams, competing in weekly matches and wearing their team’s kit proudly.
The coaches at Bloomsbury always make time for me and ask me how I’m doing – and it’s so nice to know that I have a place where I can feel relaxed and comfortableGeorge
EVERYONE IS WELCOME
The Foundation is open to all and follows the same financial assistance model as other Bloomsbury Football programmes. The Foundation runs on a monthly subscription basis to ensure ease of access to all sessions once registered. The Foundation also runs fully-funded open sessions that are free to all players. To find out more about our financial assistance, click the button below.
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