Cesar Azpilicueta joined the Chelsea Foundation and children of key workers from Sulivan Primary School this week for a virtual classroom session to discuss the importance of mental health and staying active.
On Monday it was announced that the Foundation, with support from Azpilicueta, would be providing exercise packs and education workbooks to schools that remain open for vulnerable children and those of key workers, to help participants keep a healthy mind and healthy body during the current coronavirus pandemic.
To further support Mental Health Awareness Week, the Blues captain made a surprise appearance during a virtual session for boys and girls aged 6 to 11 at the Fulham-based primary school.
The session began with the children taking part in an obstacle course using the equipment provided by Azpilicueta and the Foundation, before the Blues defender spoke with the youngsters about the importance of mental health, staying active and different qualities of being a captain.
Azpilicueta said: ‘It was great to speak to the children and see them enjoying their new equipment and workbooks.
‘It is very important that during these difficult times we find ways in which we can look after our mental health, and I hope that these children can find ways through the workbooks we have provided.
‘It’s great to see the Foundation engaging with children of key workers, and for me it’s important that we help out and give back and so I was only happy to be a part of the class.
‘Hopefully they have taken something away from the day and know how important it is to look after yourself and remain both physically and mentally strong.’
Sulivan Primary School headteacher Wendy Aldridge said: ‘I just want to say thank you to the Chelsea Foundation for all their work during Mental Health Awareness Week.
‘Under the current circumstances it has made even more of a difference and the children were delighted to receive the goody bags and have been using them every day in the wonderful weather we have been having!
‘It was a special treat for the children to "meet" Cesar Azpilicueta and to be able to ask questions.
‘I know they were a little quiet but they were talking about it with great excitement afterwards!
‘It is so important to have role models that the children can look up to and understand all the vital skills that are needed to become a "captain".'