Chelsea Women’s open training session in Tel Aviv on Sunday was attended by more than 50 supporters from the official Israeli Chelsea FC supporters group.
The fans turned out in their numbers to watch Emma Hayes put her squad through their paces ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Israeli women’s national team as part of our pre-season campaign.
The session took place at the Israeli Football Association National Training Facility, and the fans were able to get up close and personal with the Blues to end a busy day one in Israel for Hayes and her squad.
Prior to the open training session, Chelsea watched the Israeli girls’ U17s and U19s teams train and after their session ended, the Blues took the time to have selfies and meet the players and supporters.
The game against the Israeli women’s national team on Tuesday will be staged to celebrate women’s football and support further development of the sport in Israel.
The friendly match is set to be in front of a bumper crowd at Ha-Moshava Stadium and is being sponsored by Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich and the Israeli FA.
Maria Thorisdottir spoke to the official Chelsea website after this evening’s training session: ‘Tel Aviv is amazing, it’s hot and very nice.
‘First of all the session was really good, it felt like everyone was on top form. Everyone trained really well today and if can keep doing that in training tomorrow and the game on Tuesday I think it could be a good result,’ Thorisdottir said. ‘And of course it was very nice to see all of these people coming to see us.
‘The Israeli team must be really excited to play us and for them they don’t have any pressure on them. It will be a good friendly game and I can’t wait to play them.’
Earlier on in the afternoon Hayes and Chairman Bruce Buck joined a discussion on the future of women’s football in Israel. They shared their expertise and spoke about the successes of Chelsea Women to help develop the sport in Israel and inspire the attendees to invest in creating a women’s and girls’ teams.