OPEN TRAINING DAY FOR HELP A CAPITAL CHILD

Chelsea will be holding an open training session for our fans at Stamford Bridge on Monday 19 December, with all proceeds going to the club's official charity partner, Help a Capital Child.

Tickets for the event are available from today (Tuesday), four per person and are free of charge. However, when reserving tickets supporters will be asked to make a discretionary contribution to Help a Capital Child in order to help disadvantaged children in and around London over the Christmas period and beyond.

The day will provide the perfect opportunity for supporters to see Andre Villas-Boas putting the squad through their paces, as well as meeting Stamford the Lion and enjoying a fun, entertaining family day out.

Frank Lampard welcomed the announcement, saying: 'There's always a great atmosphere when we hold open training for the fans, it's brilliant to see how much support we get. Open training is a great opportunity for them to see the team in a way they normally wouldn't.

'Doing it at Stamford Bridge in front of the fans that watch us play week in, week out is always special. I hope there will be a great turnout and it should be a lot of fun.'

The West Stand will open its gates at 9am, with the training session scheduled to start at 10.30. There will be entertainment outside the ground all morning with coaching from the Chelsea Foundation and a Santa's Grotto inside the Chelsea Museum.

There will also be Help a Capital Child collections outside the stadium, while 50 children from HACC projects have been invited by the charity to watch the session from the press box.

Help a Capital Child was formed in 1975, and supports children and young people affected by abuse, homelessness, disability, poverty and illness.

Dalton Leong, the charity's managing director, said: 'We are delighted and extremely grateful that Chelsea's open day is raising money for Help a Capital Child.

'Many disadvantaged children in our city are facing a Christmas without presents, without love and without a roof over their heads.

'Donations made by supporters on 19 December will help us to improve the lives of these forgotten children, not just on Christmas Day, but every day.'

Unfortunately the players will not be able to sign autographs due to safety issues and the large amount of fans who are expected to attend the event.

Click to book open training tickets online.

Click here to make a discretionary donation to Help a Capital Child.