Matic meets Hong Kong youngsters
news Wed 1 Jan 2014
Nemanja Matic met a group of children from our Hong Kong Soccer School earlier today at Cobham.
The Serbian midfielder arrived midway through their training session, bringing joy to the faces of the 27 youngsters, who were aged between 11 and 16
Matic posed for photographs with the group before answering a selection of questions, when he revealed Branislav Ivanovic is his best friend at the club, as well as recalling the nerves he experienced prior to making his debut for the club.
He then made their day by taking part in a small-sided match, scoring the opening goal of the game with a close-range header.
Matic said: ‘I’m very happy to meet the young children, I remember what it was like when I was young to meet a well-known footballer so it was great to see the smile on their faces.
‘The most important thing is for the kids to be happy, you can see they love football, I could tell when I played with them, so it’s been a nice day.
‘A few of them were telling me they went to watch our game against Real Sociedad on Tuesday, so I’m sure it’s a trip they will remember for a long time.’
David Monk, senior international football development officer at the Chelsea Foundation, added:
‘We’ve built a Soccer School up in 10 different Asian countries now and we’re giving them the opportunity to come on a residential visit, train here at Cobham, live in England for a week and giving them a cultural experience in London.
‘They’re also getting the opportunity to meet some players, like they have today. It’s all about giving them a real Chelsea experience, no matter where they are in the world.’