LORD COE DISCUSSES PARALYMPIC LEGACY WITH TORCHBEARERS

Lord Sebastian Coe met five Paralympic torchbearers at Cobham to talk about London 2012's legacy.

Chelsea Community FC players Sami El-Kasef, Gareth Canning, Jay Beckford and Matt Slough were joined by the Chelsea FC Foundation's Football+ development manager Rob Seale outside Hub 2, the training ground's community building. There they met Lord Coe to discuss disability sport.

Sami and Gareth both have cerebral palsy while Jay is visually impaired and Matt has learning difficulties. All four have been regulars in the club's Chelsea Community FC and were keen to hear first-hand about the Paralympic Games' legacy.

Lord Coe personally nominated the torchbearers, who will carry the flame in a relay from Stoke Mandeville to the Olympic Stadium in east London on Saturday 28 August.

Lord Coe and the torchbearers

'I am honoured to have had the chance to nominate these guys to be part of the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay,' said Lord Coe. 'Chelsea have a massive programme of work within the community, particularly within disability sports and I wanted to recognise their achievements.

'I am looking forward to watching them run their leg in August which will be part of the perfect build-up to an extraordinary Paralympic Games.'

Seale, who has coached each of the Chelsea Community FC players, will join the four players for the momentous occasion.

'It's such an honour to be nominated to carry the torch,' he said. 'There are only five of us who can carry it on the day and we will not only be representing our players and coaches. It'll also be for everyone who works behind the scenes in helping to create exactly what it is we'll be celebrating with the Paralympic Games.

'The guys I'm running with are incredibly humble but they have done an amazing amount to put disability football on the map. Each of them has been involved with us from anything between five and 12 years.'

There are now only 50 days until the Paralympic Games begin on Sunday 29 August.