Children playing football not suitable for the school’s learning environment? When the Cardiff City FC Foundation visits primary schools in the Welsh capital in their Citan printed with the “Bluebirds” logo, they impressively prove the opposite. “When the children see that we are coming, it is like a reward for them”, says the trainer, Charlotte Carpenter. The foundation, named after the Bluebirds’ official name – the Welsh capital’s football club – was founded in 2009. They are dedicated to using the power of sport and education to positively change lives. That is why the foundation’s trainers travel to various primary schools, football schools and training centers during the week. Matches often take place at the weekend. To keep up with the schedule they need vehicles which are large enough for the sporting equipment, comfortable and safe to drive. The Citan is the perfect choice. That is why the club uses 13 of them.
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For Charlotte Carpenter her work with the Cardiff City FC Foundation is a dream job. The 27-year-old has played football all of her life and can now pass on her expertise. In addition, she is the first FIFA referee for women from Wales. Training with the Cardiff City FC Foundation can serve as therapy, especially for problem children. “In one of our courses we had a young boy who was very isolated from the other children at school and was generally often alone. Now he is a lot more enthusiastic, can integrate better and has more friends. This showed us that our program makes a real difference not only with sports but also at home and at school”, reports the trainer proudly. Inclusion is important to the club: For example, it also offers programs for teenage criminals.
Inclusion is important to the club: For example, it also offers programs for teenage criminals.
During the matches there is little sign of the educational goals behind the programs organized by the Cardiff City FC Foundation. Here it is all about the young and old participants having fun. “I play football the entire time in my street and I watch all of the Bluebirds’ home matches”, says a young girl enthusiastically at one of the primary schools that Charlotte Carpenter visits. The other schoolchildren are just as enthusiastic. “Football is a language which everyone understands”, sums up Charlotte Carpenter with a grin.