Cahill and Kirby pick up awards at Community Day

Gary Cahill and Fran Kirby have been awarded PFA Community Champion Trophies in recognition of their support of the Chelsea Foundation.

The awards, received for the players’ respective work in the local community, were presented this week with Cahill collecting his from youngsters Jay T Algie, nine, and 11-year-old Zak Wardroper at our final Community Day of the season on Tuesday.

The Community Champion Trophy was introduced by the Professional Footballers’ Association last season for clubs in the English Football League, but following its success, the award has now been extended to include Premier League clubs.

Cahill was nominated by the Chelsea Foundation for his commitment to the club’s charitable causes, notably his appearance in the Premier League Primary Stars advertisement and surrounding projects and support of the club’s Game for Equality.

Kirby (pictured right) was nominated for her commitment to local grassroots clubs and community sessions, with this season’s highlight her surprise visit to young fan Isla Turner.

Upon receiving the award Cahill said: ‘It is always a privilege to work with the Chelsea Foundation and our communities in general and help raise awareness for the fantastic programmes being delivered.

‘Chelsea do a lot of great work in the community and as players, whenever we get the chance to meet with kids and help in some way it is important we do so.

‘It is nice to be recognised with an award but the real enjoyment comes from attending and seeing the smiles on the faces of the people we try and help.’

Our final Community Day of the season was attended by ten youngsters and their families and there were plenty of smiles as the players took time out to meet the young supporters in attendance after training.

The Community Day was arranged via the Chelsea Foundation, with the young fans and their families watching the squad train before meeting the players afterwards for pictures and autographs.

Our Community Day happens regularly over the course of the season with the Chelsea Foundation linking up with a range of charities and individuals to arrange visits for seriously or terminally ill supporters and their carers, giving them a well-deserved boost in what is obviously a difficult time for them and their families.