Young play­ers’ Premier day out

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

LUCKY young­sters en­joyed a be­hind-the-scenes visit to a Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball club.

Wer­ring­ton Ath­letic Un­der 9s Red and Blue teams vis­ited the Stam­ford Bridge home of Chelsea and the club’s train­ing ground in Cob­ham.

They were treated to the fan­tas­tic day out af­ter one of their play­ers, Chelsea fan Lewis Ja­cobs, sub­mit­ted a photo of the Wer­ring­ton squad to foot­ball mag­a­zine Match in a com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by Chelsea spon­sors Sam­sung.

The prize gave them the chance to watch the first team train at Stam­ford Bridge, en­joy a tour of the pres­ti­gious club’s mu­seum and even have a train­ing ses­sion taken by Chelsea’s ex­pert coaches.

The group had a 7.15am start when they caught the train to Lon­don on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 19.

The 10 boys were joined by five par­ents, in­clud­ing Jeremy Drew, dad of Wer­ring­ton Blues player Ewan.

Jeremy said: “It was an ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic day and it gave the boys an op­por­tu­nity to see what a Pre­mier­ship foot­baller’s life is like.

“Even though the group had lots of Arse­nal and Manch­ester United fans, they all loved spend­ing the day at Chelsea.

“The sta­dium and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties were ab­so­lutely mas­sive and the chil­dren all en­joyed it.

“We went down on the train and the Tube, and they were buzzing the whole way down.

“When we ar­rived at the Chelsea Vil­lage, out­side the sta­dium, we were grabbed by some peo­ple do­ing skills dis­plays and they taught them to the chil­dren while other peo­ple looked on for about 15 min­utes.”

Af­ter the Wer­ring­ton Un­der 9s lads showed off their silky skills in the Vil­lage, they got the chance to watch the first team do the same.

The boys were ush­ered through the club Me­ga­s­tore to a Sam­sung box to watch the first team train on the hal­lowed turf - in­clud­ing Eng­land stars John Terry and Frank Lam­pard and World Cup win­ner Fer­nando Tor­res.

Af­ter a quick lunch, they were taken on a tour of the Chelsea Foot­ball Club Mu­seum be­fore be­ing whisked off to the train­ing ground in Cob­ham, Sur­rey.

Jeremy added: “The first team coaches gave us a two-hour ses­sion, which was fan­tas­tic.

“The whole com­plex is ab­so­lutely mas­sive and there were a few flash cars parked up, but we didn’t see any of the play­ers in Cob­ham.

“They have sev­eral dif­fer­ent pitches, but we had to go on the ar­ti­fi­cial turf, be­cause it was rain­ing and they didn’t want us cut­ting up the grass.

“Three coaches dealt with our group of 10 play­ers, who were given tech­ni­cal ad­vice, skill tips and then or­gan­ised into two-on-two and threeon-three games.

“All the kids loved it and when we were on the train back up to Peter­bor­ough they just couldn’t stop talk­ing about every­thing they had seen.

“It was a fan­tas­tic event and I think they all slept well that night.”

Chelsea coach Dave Monk, who trained them at the Cob­ham fa­cil­ity, said: “We re­ally en­joyed hav­ing the boys over for an af­ter­noon of train­ing.

“They were all very en­thu­si­as­tic and ev­ery one of them gave it their best.

“It was a very wet af­ter­noon but that didn’t stop them en­joy­ing them­selves and learn­ing some new skills.

“Hope­fully they can take some of what they learnt and use it in the fu­ture.

“It was a plea­sure coach­ing them and I hope they all had a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

IN FRONT OF THE BRIDGE: Har­ris Gooch, Corey Mc­don­ald, Samuel Per­marker, Lewis Ja­cobs, Toby Scar­bor­ough, Ben Jones, Al­fie Ad­di­nall, Ewan Drew, Tyler Sav­age and Oskar Storti.

FIELD OF DREAMS: Al­fie Ad­di­nall takes on de­fender Ewan Drew, while Corey Mc­don­ald looks on in the back­ground with Chelsea coach Dave Monk.

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