Sun shines on latest Chelsea Foundation community day

Earlier this week, the Chelsea Foundation hosted its latest community day at our Cobham training ground for a number of extra special guests.

It was a day to remember as our fans were treated to a morning of exciting activities. Club legend and former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech was on hand to deliver an exclusive Q&A session, giving an interesting insight into his former years playing for the club, through to life at Cobham today through his role as technical and performance advisor.

Our guests then took a front row seat to watch the players and coaching team take to the pitch for their latest training session.

Following that, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel and his squad spent time chatting, taking photographs and even had a kick-about with the visitors.

Huge Chelsea fan Charlie, who is aged 14, was in attendance and keen to have his retro 1998 Cup Winners' Cup shirt signed by the team. Charlie commented on the day: ‘I really enjoyed meeting the players and getting my shirt signed! It was an unreal experience and I enjoyed it!’

Mason Mount topped Charlie’s favourite players he met that afternoon adding: ‘Mason was very nice. It was a pretty good experience to see what they do at training. It was very fun, I enjoyed it.’

Melissa, 15, also enjoyed watching the players train in the sunshine, especially meeting Kepa Arrizabalaga and Ruben Loftus-Cheek but she had ‘no words’ to describe the feeling of meeting her favourite player Mount, who took the time to take photos and even recorded a video for Melissa’s best friend.

The afternoon was also a big hit for seven-year-old River who was attending Cobham for the first time and enjoyed watching the training for the ‘shooting and when they scored lots of goals!'

River enjoyed a kick-about with Tuchel and the players before an extended shooting session with Blues left-back Ben Chilwell.

Mo and his two twin sons, Adan and Hur, who had just celebrated their 12th birthday at the weekend also enjoyed the day's activities. Mo highlighted the importance of the Foundation’s open training days and explained how much it means to the young guests, commenting: ‘It makes the children feel included and not segregated from society. The players come and look beyond their disabilities and see them as individuals.

‘As a parent, it’s really quite a tear-jerker as it just fills you with pride that humanity is still out there and no matter how big these guys are or how much money they have, they still are humble.

‘In regards to accommodating disabled fans, Chelsea are head and shoulders above the rest in the league with their memberships, how they accommodate fans here at the ground and the way the players interact with the kids is fantastic. We are proud to be a Blue.’

The regular community days see the Chelsea Foundation linking up with a range of charities to arrange visits for supporters and their carers, giving them a well-deserved boost in what is obviously a difficult time for them and their families.

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