Youngsters invited to Cobham for World Clubfoot Day

More than 90 children from across the country visited our Cobham Training Ground on Sunday as the Chelsea Foundation celebrated World Clubfoot Day.

Children aged between one and 11, who have been treated for clubfoot, were invited to Cobham, along with their families, to celebrate, have fun, make new friends, and take part in football training under the supervision of Foundation coaching staff.

Clubfoot is a condition that affects 1 in 800 babies with Sunday’s event arranged with the support of the Chelsea Children’s Hospital Charity. The charity work closely with the Ponseti clinic at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to provide a specialist service for children born with clubfoot and other structural foot deformities. 

Chelsea Foundation disability inclusion officer Rob Seale said: ‘It’s really important for the Foundation to back the Global Clubfoot Initiative because without it, children born with Clubfoot won’t receive the specialist treatments they need.

‘The charities we’re supporting work tirelessly in this field to help families and ensure that children achieve their full potential. To celebrate World Clubfoot Day we’ve put on a special and memorable event for the participants and their families.

‘The Foundation coaches have made sure all the kids had a fantastic experience and have gone home with a goody bag including a Chelsea shirt. All funds raised from the day will be donated to the charities, and we hope everyone will come back next year to enjoy an even bigger and better day.’

Chelsea Foundation disability inclusion co-ordinator Andy Rose added: ‘We are really privileged to have been part in such a fantastic event.

‘The children that took part had a great day and to be part of it was just great. Players and parents where in awe of the fantastic facilities here at Cobham.

‘One of our aims at the Foundation is to raise awareness around working with people with disabilities and we were able to use staff from across the Foundation so that they could share the experience with us.

‘We hope that events like these not only have a positive impact on the participants but also on their families, from some of the feedback we have received it would appear that we have achieved that and that’s amazing.’

For more information on World Clubfoot Day click here