CHELSEA SUPPORTS YOUTH GAMES WITH SILVERWARE
The never-to-be-forgotten summer of sport for London that began with Chelsea capturing the capital's first Champions League was celebrated further this week, this time with a young outlook.
The London Youth Games, Europe's largest annual youth sports event, held its Hall of Fame and Awards ceremony at Lord's Cricket Ground and we sent along the European Cup to form part of a display honouring former participants who have achieved notable success this season.
Ashley Cole represented Tower Hamlets at football in the past and also at Lord's this week among other exhibits was Bradley Wiggins's Tour de France yellow jersey. A host of medallists from the Olympic and Paralympics were there displaying their medals including Jo Rowsell who won gold in the Olympics women's team pursuit cycling and Christine Ohuruogu who won silver in the 400m athletics.
Mo Farah and David Weir are among those already in the Hall of Fame having competed in the Youth Games which began in 1977 and now features 31 different sports. The London boroughs compete against each other and Chelsea sponsors the teams entered by our two local boroughs - Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea.
Another Hall of Fame member is Chemmy Alcott (pictured above). She is the only British skier to have won a single run in a World Cup race and is the only British female skier to have competed at three Olympic Games. She attended the final Chelsea Ladies match of the season on Sunday in her role as Right To Play ambassador (the match was dedicated to our global charity partner) and she is a fan of the Blues.
'I competed at the London Youth Games for seven years and won it a few times,' she told the official Chelsea website. 'It was the first time as an individual athlete I felt part of a team. You do your event and then go and support your team-mates.
'I used to train at the Chelsea Club as well and my brother who is a massive fan will be jealous I am standing so close to the Champions League trophy. I was at an event the night of the final and returning home I pulled in to a pub to find out the score and it was just as the penalty shoot-out was starting.
'That was the first time this year I got goose bumps due to a sporting event and I have had a lot since!'
Russell Findlay, the chief executive of the games told Chelsea TV: 'We had over 40 athletes who in the past competed in the Youth Games involved in Team GB this summer.
'What is really critical is that organisations like Chelsea get involved in grassroots sport, and kids in Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham will get into sport because of what Chelsea can provide.'