Young players’ Premier day out
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.