The annual BridgeKids Christmas Party took place this afternoon where over 150 of our young fans were given an early festive treat as the players dropped in to pay them a surprise visit.
The event took place in the Great Hall at Stamford Bridge and among those attending were BridgeKids and junior members aged between five and 13, who secured their place at the party by registering last month.
Joining them were youngsters from Momentum Children’s Charity, who were guests of the Chelsea Foundation.
Momentum are a registered charity supporting children with cancer and life-challenging conditions, and their families, across south-west London, Surrey and Sussex.
Club mascots Stamford and Bridget were also in attendance as the children took part in a wide range of fun activities, which this year included for the first time the chance to compete against the players at table football, table tennis and FIFA.
‘I think it’s important for the kids,’ Eden Hazard said. ‘Our dream was to be a footballer, so the minimum we can do is take pictures and sign shirts.
‘If we can bring some happiness in life during this Christmas period at this party, we can enjoy it together as a Chelsea family, and for the kids it is special.’
The youngsters were already having a fantastic afternoon, but excitement levels went through the roof when the likes of Hazard, N’Golo Kante and David Luiz, along with the rest of the squad, arrived midway through the party.
After a welcoming Christmas message from captain Gary Cahill, the young Blues had team photos with the whole squad and then headed into a secret area containing table tennis and table football tables, as well as interactive football games and FIFA 19 pods.
There was plenty of competitiveness on show – and that was just from the players!