Chelsea to train in front of fans at Perth’s WACA

Chelsea fans living in or heading to Perth in Australia this month will not only have the chance to see the team play a match at the Optus Stadium, there is also the opportunity to watch the players train.

The Blues will be holding a free, open training session at the famous WACA Ground on Saturday 21 July from 6pm until 7pm.

This open session is the one chance to watch the stars go through their paces before the match against Perth Glory on Monday 23 July.

Fans wishing to attend this exclusive training should visit the Optus Stadium Facebook page to register their attendance. Gates open at 5pm. Existing CAT bus services will be in operation before and after the session with parking also available nearby.

Chairman Bruce Buck said the team is looking forward to heading to Western Australia for our first visit there for 44 years.

‘We are very excited to begin our preparations for the 2018/19 season in Perth. We will be bringing the strongest possible squad to Western Australia to play in what promises to be an entertaining match against strong opposition at Optus Stadium, an incredible new venue.

‘The passion of our Australian supporters, which we were so delighted to see in Sydney in 2015, means we are all looking forward to the trip and getting the new campaign started in the right way. We can’t wait to see thousands of our fans for the first time at the WACA next Saturday evening.’

In addition to the open training session, Chelsea Foundation coaches will visit Perth for a seven-day schedule of events starting Monday 16 July. The clinics include elite, development and school groups, coach education sessions and they culminate with in an under-8 tournament on Sunday 22 July.

Final remaining tickets for the Chelsea v Perth Glory game the next day are on sale. A special Chelsea FC Fan Zone outside the Optus Stadium will open at 4pm on match day, ahead of the 7.30pm kick-off. Fans will have the chance to have a photo with the FA Cup, test their skills with a target-shooting competition plus much more.