Following the success at Cobham on day one of the Chelsea Foundation’s inaugural Disability Showcase, the fun continued on Sunday with more than 300 disabled footballers descending on Stamford Bridge.
At the forefront of yesterday’s event in the Cobham sunshine were players aged under eight to 16 and today, at the home of the Blues, it was the turn of the adults.
The event, highlighting our commitment to the inclusion programme, which enables young people and adults with any disability to participate in regular organised football matches and coaching sessions, hosted 34 teams from clubs which included Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and AFC Bournemouth, as well as German outfit Werder Bremen.
Disability inclusion senior officer Andy Rose said: ‘To see all the participants and the spectators here today and having so much fun has been amazing.
‘This weekend has been so successful, we’ve had so much fun, the players have had so much fun and the staff have too.
‘It would be a real shame if we didn’t do this again so hopefully we’ll see everyone again next year!’
While all participants at the Bridge were winners on a day filled with plenty of football and enjoyment, the day belonged to Middlesbrough Foundation, Cheshunt [top image] and The Village Pan as they were crowned champions of their respective tournaments.
Jimmy Rendall was part of the Middlesbrough Foundation winning team and speaking after the Champions final, he said: ‘What Chelsea have put on for us today has been absolutely spot on!
‘It’s been a really good day, the weather has been good for us and the football has been absolutely awesome.
‘It’s not very often we get to come to a stadium like this so it’s been unbelievable. It’s a fantastic opportunity and we are so privileged to have been asked to come and play here.’