Stamford Bridge hosted students and teachers who took part in the Chelsea FC Foundation's Education Through Football project for a day of celebrations recently.
The Education Through Football E is a Literacy, History and Citizenship project run in over 50 school classes annually reaching around 1500 children in five boroughs.
Four prize-winning children from 10 different schools came to the West Stand's Bonetti Suite with their proud teachers. As they entered the room the guests were excited to find their writing and painting on display for all to admire.
The schools were joined by members of our award-winning senior fans project who had visited the classes before Easter to share their wartime memories. The afternoon began with a rousing chorus of "Blue is the Colour" with the whole room waving their flags to celebrate Chelsea's heroic win over Barcelona the night before.
Then it was time for Stamford the Lion to make an entrance with the children chanting his name to encourage him out onto the stage. He treated the audience to some amazing dance moves and also lent a paw drawing the raffle tickets.
After that it was time for the serious business of celebrating achievements. Paul Canoville, a great favourite with the children, was on stage to give out the prizes and certificates.
'This event is a fantastic way to reward the children for all their hard work , I have really enjoyed visiting these schools to spread the message about the harmful effects of racism, bullying and underachievement at school,' said Canoville.
The Chelsea FC Foundation's education manager Wendy Buddin said: 'The afternoon was a great way for us to boost the children's self-esteem and reward them for their achievements. The high level of work produced shows how this project captures children's imaginations and inspires excellent writing and artwork.'