CECH GETS FESTIVE

Petr Cech joined Chelsea Foundation coaches and Stamford the Lion in Weybridge last night (Thursday) to switch on the Christmas lights.

Hundreds of local residents turned up to see the shot-stopper flip the switch which lit up the Christmas tree in the town centre.

But our goalkeeper wasn't the only Chelsea representative in Weybridge, as Foundation coaches spent the afternoon offering expert advice to aspiring footballers while Stamford the Lion entertained.

'It's a privilege to be asked to switch on the Christmas lights here in Weybridge and they look fantastic,' said Petr. 'Anybody could have been asked so I'm very happy they asked me.

'It's also great to have Chelsea Foundation coaches down here offering their expertise for any aspiring footballers and teaching people about the good work they do. I also saw Stamford the Lion was entertaining everyone as usual.'

Mayor of Elmbridge John Sheldon, who watched as Cech switched on the Christmas lights, was grateful for the player's appearance and impressed by the turnout.

'A well-known personality can always increase the profile of something like this and it is exactly what Weybridge needed to make people realise that switching on the Christmas lights is something important,' said the Mayor.

'And what a terrific opportunity for the youngsters, Chelsea Foundation coaches have been offering a fantastic footballing experience. They're not only offering to increase these youngsters' skills but also teach them about sportsmanship and fair play. We're so pleased Chelsea Foundation coaches were also involved here.'

Throughout the day, local residents quizzed the Foundation coaches on all things Chelsea before being handed goodie bags from the club.

'We were interacting with local children along with Stamford the Lion and we've seen plenty of smiling faces,' said Chelsea Foundation community coach James McGrath.

'We were also giving out information about the Chelsea Foundation and the work we do and we've had a really good reception. It's been fantastic.'