Posted on: Wed 19 Sep 2012

Our return to Champions League action against Juventus tonight [Wednesday] will see a number of girls from our Centre of Excellence join two mascots in escorting the players out on to the Stamford Bridge pitch.

The 20 players, who come from our Under-9s, Under-11s and Under-13s age groups have been afforded such a unique opportunity in order to mark what was a hugely successful and significant 2011/12 season for our Academy.

Our Under-17s won the London and South-East Girls Centre of Excellence League title, as well as securing the inaugural FA Girls' Youth Cup, a trophy which was paraded around the pitch on the final day of the campaign when our first team entertained Blackburn Rovers (pictured).

The names of the girls chosen to lead the players out can be seen below:

Under-9s players:
Ciara O'Rourke,
Claudia Weston
Emily Oliver
Gemma Freestone
Molly Craze
Sophie McCusker
Lara Pearson

Under-11s players:
Alisha Ware
Malaika Meena
Molly Childerhouse
Lilly Thomas
Jorja Fox
Amelia Montaque
Millie Connell
Letitia Nicholls
Clara John
Tia Kelk

Under 13s players:
Lilly Pursey
Niamh Jestin
Katy Woodhams