Chelsea FC the most generous Premier League foundation in 2017/18

The Chelsea FC Foundation spent £7.5m and brought in £7.9m; the 20 teams spent a total of £52.5m in the most recent year for which they have filed accounts

Chelsea FC are the most generous of the current Premier League football clubs in terms of spending through their charitable foundations, research by Third Sector has shown.

The 20 official Premier League charities spent a total of £52.5m in the most recent year for which they have filed accounts and had a combined income of £58.6m, Third Sector found.

The figures are based on the latest accounts filed with the Charity Commission by the 20 Premier League teams, all of which cover the 2017/18 football season, which ran from August 2017 to May 2018 (see table below).

Chelsea were the most generous, with the Chelsea FC Foundation spending £7.6m and having the highest income at £7.9m.

The Chelsea Foundation focuses on football development programmes and says it also works on a broad range of other projects in areas such as employment, education, social deprivation, crime reduction and youth offending.

The charitable foundations for Manchester United (£4.3m), Norwich City (£4.3m) and Everton (£3.5m) made up the rest of the top-four biggest charitable spenders in the league.

The bottom three teams in terms of the charitable spending of their official foundations were Bournemouth (£750,520), Aston Villa (£673,857) and Leicester City (£193,217).

Apart from Chelsea, Manchester United (£4.9m), Tottenham Hotspur (£4.7m) and Norwich City (£4.3m) had the biggest incomes among the charitable foundations.

Aston Villa (£913,054), Arsenal (£899,392) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (£892,452) were the teams with the three lowest charitable incomes.

Premier League clubs made a combined £2.4bn in 2017/18 from broadcast and central commercial revenues, figures from the league show.

But that £2.4bn will have been substantially increased by individual club earnings from gate receipts, merchandising, participation in other competitions, sponsorship and player transfers.

The current Premier League teams have spent a total of more than £1.5bn on player transfers this summer before the transfer window closed yesterday afternoon.

Four of the clubs in the current Premier League – Aston Villa, Norwich City, Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers – were in the Championship, the division below the Premier League, during the 2017/18 season.

Cardiff City, Fulham, Huddersfield Town, Stoke City, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion all played in the Premier League in either the 2017/18 or 2018/19 seasons, but have since been relegated from the Premier League and are not included in this research.

The new Premier League season begins tonight.

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