Posted on: Wed 10 Oct 2012

Most football fans can only dream of following in the footsteps of the European champions and gaining access to world-class football coaching at Chelsea Football Club's Academy. However, for a group of boys from Surrey this dream became a reality.

Rydens School, in Walton-on-Thames, was selected from hundreds of entries by Thomas Cook's Children's Charity to be rewarded with this money-can't-buy prize - to take part in a training session at our training ground in Cobham. Sixteen boys were given a tour of the facility where the team trains, before being put through their paces and given one-on-one skills-based training by the Academy's top coaching staff.

Funded by donations from customers and fundraising by colleagues, the Thomas Cook Children's Charity offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to sick or disadvantaged children. Thomas Cook Sport, as official travel partner of Chelsea FC, donated this prize to the charity to provide Chelsea's younger following with a football master class.

Danny Talbot, managing director at Thomas Cook Sport, said: 'To football fans, getting behind the scenes access is the ultimate dream. We enjoy working with Chelsea and their fans as Official Travel Partner and we wanted to do something extra special to give back to the fans.'

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