A number of special guests were welcomed to the training ground this week as part of the Chelsea Foundation’s community days.
The opening community days of the 2023/24 season saw Chelsea supporters who have been going through difficult times invited to Cobham, along with their families, for an exclusive experience.
After a question-and-answer session with Chelsea legend Carlo Cudicini and Chelsea TV’s Lee Parker, the special guests made their way to the training pitch to watch Maurico Pochettino’s squad in action, before meeting Mauricio and the team for pictures and signed memorabilia.
Jake McHale said: ‘It’s been a really tough time recently. I’ve been in and out of hospital with the chemotherapy and this has been an unbelievable experience to take my mind off that. It was so much better than expected, being able to meet my hero Thiago Silva is a dream come true.’
Frankie Rice, Freddy McNeill and Oliver Collins also enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Frankie’s brother Ken said: ‘We had the best day at the training ground. Everybody looked after us and made us feel very special. Thank you to the Chelsea Foundation for making it happen, we won’t ever forget it.’
Also meeting their heroes were Chelsea fans Oakley Andrews, Samuel Grossman, Bradley Rawlins and Roman Mirga.
Roman said: ‘It was my birthday yesterday and what an amazing birthday present to be able to meet my idols. I love my football and today has given me the boost I needed.’
Oakley added: ‘It’s been a tough few months for me, so it has been fantastic to be here today. I really enjoyed it and want to thank everyone for their help in making it happen.’