Pupils from Fulham Cross Girls Academy joined clubs across the Premier League to deliver their vision for a more sustainable school and greener communities.
The event was part of the Premier League Inspires programme, which aims to inspire and engage young people to help them reach their potential.
The pupils competed against eight other schools in the Chelsea Foundation’s education program and pitched their ideas for an environmental program to an esteemed panel of judges at Stamford Bridge, which included representatives from the Premier League, the Chelsea Foundation and the youth charity Future Foundations.
The school’s vision to create an eco-garden in a disused area of the school meant they were selected to represent the Foundation at the national Premier League Inspires Challenge event, competing against the other 46 clubs in the Premier League network you inhale
The garden is now used as a recreation space by the school, focusing on the health and well-being of students and has a seating area, a fruit and vegetable patch, a wildlife hotel area wild and a water tank for recycling.
One Fulham Cross student summed up his experience:
“The project has been an incredible experience and all members of our group have benefited from it. We learned what the football community is doing around the world, how to create an effective presentation, how to work well as a team and how to speak clearly in public. We are very grateful to have been given this opportunity and will carry the skills and knowledge we have acquired along this journey with us for the rest of our lives.”
Sam Mardle, Chelsea Foundation’s Education Manager, added:
“It’s great to see how much effort and time the girls have put into this project. Our Premier League Inspires program is about providing opportunities to students in schools that they may not have access to through traditional classroom education. That the space has become a key part of school life is just reward for the girls’ contributions. We look forward to seeing what can be achieved as we develop the program.”