LE SAUX SHINES AT ST PHILIP’S & THE BRIDGE

Graeme Le Saux spent a sunny afternoon in Chessington recently as he opened a new multi-use hall at St Philip's School.

The former England international joined Chelsea FC Foundation coaches at St Philip's School for a Sport Relief Day of Action, which saw children take part in a variety of activities.

There were five activity stations set up, with each one providing coaching sessions in a different sport and Chelsea FC Foundation coaches ran the football station.

The day then culminated in the opening of the new multi-use hall, which was funded by the local authority.

'It's great to come and take part in events like this,' said Le Saux. 'The weather's been brilliant and everyone has really enjoyed themselves.

'It's also a privilege to be able to open this new hall, it's a fantastic facility that includes a sports hall, gym and music room, which will help these young people continue to play sports and develop.'

St Philip's is a non-denominational, community, special school for young people with moderate learning difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorders and other complex needs.

The students range from 11 to 19 years of age. St Philip's School places its young people at the centre of all that it does and fosters a sense of belonging, which builds confidence and positive self-esteem.

The new hall will be used for a variety of sports although the school hopes to specialise in Futsal and Boccia. The flooring, which was provided for with a grant from the London Marathon Trust, is recommended by the National Boccia Organisation.

Once the hall was opened, Le Saux made his way to Stamford Bridge, where he welcomed local residents for the Be Inspired event.

The day was aimed at encouraging people to volunteer as Community Health Champions, who help tackle local health issues by talking to others informally, providing support and organising or leading health groups and activities.

Several organisations including Hammersmith and Fulham Volunteer Centre, the Job Centre, mental health charity MIND and Levy Cares also had stalls in the Great Hall to highlight various health-related topics.

As well as the appearance by Le Saux to support the scheme, the family-friendly afternoon of entertainment saw some fantastic raffle prizes up for grabs, including Premier League match tickets and places on a Chelsea Soccer School.