Chelsea Ladies setting an example

Some special guests were given the chance to watch our Ladies players train ahead of Sunday’s WSL1 fixture at home to Everton…


Chelsea Foundation coaches joined our partners Carabao recently to give Abingdon United Women’s FC a day to remember at our Cobham Training Centre.

Abingdon United, who also have a partnership with Carabao, were greeted by Chelsea Ladies duo Claire Rafferty and Becky Spencer on their arrival before our Foundation coaches delivered a skills session for the visiting group.

They then watched on as the Blues trained ahead of our WSL 1 fixture against Everton Ladies this weekend, before being treated to a Q&A session with skipper Katie Chapman, Hedvig Lindahl, Gemma Davison and new signing Anita Asante. 

Skipper Katie Chapman talks to the Abingdon players

Abingdon United’s Heather Young was delighted she and her team-mates were given this exclusive experience through partners Carabao and said: ‘To get the opportunity to come to Chelsea’s training ground has been amazing.

‘We’ve been doing a skills session with the Foundation coaches - it’s all been very helpful and really good fun. We also got the chance to watch the Ladies train so it’s been great.

She added: ‘I’ve got some favourites who play for the Ladies team - the likes of Claire Rafferty and Fran Kirby, I love how as soon as they get the ball they just go for it, you can tell they are so passionate about football.

‘When we were younger it was always the males that we would look up to but now there are women players out there who we can look up to and it makes me want to become like them.

‘I look at their performances on videos, I look at what they do and I try to look at that and see how I can learn and improve my game.’

Blues goalkeeper Lindahl added: ‘Today has been about us trying to inspire. It’s not often you get the chance to come to such a beautiful training ground like we have here.

‘The girls got some coaching too from our Foundation coaches which is a different voice for them to listen to. For them to be in a different environment and see us train can hopefully inspire them.

‘I managed to have a little look at their session and they looked like they were all enjoying it. What is great to see is that there are so many girls and women who play football out there in this country and all around the world.

‘With me playing I don’t get much opportunity to get out and see other teams play so it’s been nice to see them train and get an understanding about what they do – and most importantly they looked like they were having fun.’

- Chelsea Ladies v Everton Ladies is at Kingsmeadow on Sunday, kick-off 12.30pm. Click for ticket news. The game is live on the BBC red button.