COLD BUT AMAZING – CHELSEA FOUNDATION
A snow-covered Cobham played host to Chelsea Foundation latest Community Day on Wednesday when the players and manager took time out to meet a group of fans after training.
The Community Day was arranged via the Chelsea Foundation, with the young fans and their families watching the first team train before meeting the players afterwards for pictures and autographs.
Despite the freezing conditions there was no shortage of smiles as Antonio Conte and his players met the youngsters and their families who had braved the weather to watch their heroes train.
For parents Simon and Claire Shrimpton, who brought their twin boys Louie and Harry, it was a particularly special day as similar conditions in November meant they thought the chance to meet the players had gone.
‘The boys are massive fans so it is amazing to be here,’ said Claire, the mother of one of the children.
‘The boys were expecting to meet one or two players, especially Willian and Eden Hazard, but to meet the whole squad and manager really is a dream for the boys.’
Simon added: ‘We tried to come before and it snowed meaning we had to turn back but the club were great at helping us rearrange and there was no way we were not going to make it this time regardless of the weather!’
As ever Hazard was particularly popular among our young fans with eight-year-old Henry Hallett summing up the day by simply saying: ‘I got to meet Eden Hazard which was amazing!’
Also in attendance, and guests of the Chelsea Foundation, Roman Hollands, 12 and 16-year-old Alfie Ward.
Our Community Day happens regularly over the course of the season with the Chelsea Foundation linking up with a range of charities and individuals to arrange visits for children and their carers to give them a well-deserved boost.’