Maurizio Sarri and summer signings Jorginho, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Mateo Kovacic and Rob Green enjoyed their first Community Day in Chelsea colours this week.
The Community Day was arranged via the Chelsea Foundation, with the young fans and their families watching the team train before meeting the players afterwards for pictures and autographs.
Eden Hazard and David Luiz were as ever among the players the fans were most excited to meet with six-year-old Tia Foster Price saving her finest dance moves for the Belgian international!
‘I’ve had a good day,’ she said. ‘I like all the players so it was good to meet them all.’ Her mum, Annemarie, added: ‘She’s had a good day and has been so excited! The whole family are big Chelsea fans so it has been great to be here.’
Stacey Nugent enjoyed the trip to Cobham as part of a once-in-a-lifetime Father’s Day treat organised with The Lorraine Show on ITV.
Stacey, who was joined by wife Melissa and daughter Charlotte, also had the added bonus of meeting our new assistant Gianfranco Zola.
He said: ‘I had the surprise a while back of being carted off to London to go on the Lorraine Show for a makeover and Father’s Day treat. It then ended with a Chelsea shirt with number one dad on the back and the news I would be coming here.
‘I’ve enjoyed the day so much. I got to meet all the players as well as Zola. Eden was also great and signed the number one dad shirt on the back for me.’
Our Community Day happens regularly over the course of the season and when the Chelsea Foundation links 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.
Also in attendance, and guests of the Chelsea Foundation, were Alfie Cree, seven, eight-year-old Harvey Upfold and Sam Rice, 17.