YOUNG BLUES HELP SCHOOL CELEBRATIONS
Chelsea youngsters Nathan Ake and Lewis Baker were the guests of honour as the Chelsea Foundation joined the grand opening of an extension to a Surrey School earlier this month.
Netherlands Under-21 international Ake and England Under-19 midfielder Baker were joined by Academy coaches Andy Myers and Jody Morris at Barnsbury School in Woking, where the Chelsea Foundation delivers football coaching and after-school clubs. The school was awarded £250,000 from Surrey County Council to build their new facilities, which include administration offices, medical and parents' areas, plus new staff/visitor cloakrooms.
Senior football development officer for Surrey, Keith Harmes, said: 'We enjoy a great relationship with Barnsbury School and we're delighted to be part of their big day.'
The Chelsea players and staff, along with Foundation staff members, attended a school assembly before Ake and Baker posed for photos and took a look at the new facilities.
Tom Bird, planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) development officer for the Foundation was delighted that the players could attend. 'It's fantastic that these young schoolchildren have had the opportunity to meet Nathan and Lewis,' he said.
'Both of them have been brilliant with their time speaking to, and signing autographs for the children, and have been excellent role models. Hopefully the children will remember today for a long time.'
Extended services leader for Barnsbury School, Mrs Jane Quelch, added: 'The arrival of the players created a real buzz in the assembly hall amongst both the children and the staff.
'Mass hysteria almost ensued when Nathan and Lewis met the children on the playground and signed autographs. It was a great opportunity for the children to meet some of their heroes and be inspired by these talented individuals.'