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Chelsea Foundation’s Disability Showcase!

30/05/2018

More than 400 disabled footballers visited Stamford Bridge and Cobham training ground for the inaugural Chelsea Foundation Disability Showcase!

The two day event highlights Chelsea’s commitment to the disability inclusion programme, which enables young people and adults with any disability to participate in football matches!

The showcase saw more than 850 participants involved across eight disability football tournaments, with 80 teams from 30 different clubs confirmed to take part!



Day one took place at Cobham training ground, and the sun was shining! The day began with the Club Foot festival of football, which shone a light on those who are affected by childhood lower limb conditions.

In the afternoon, the adults took part in a walking football tournament, and then the Cerebral Palsy tournament. It was a busy day!

Among the many onlookers was former Chelsea player Eddie Newton, who was really happy to see Chelsea put on such an amazing event!



He said: ‘It’s been a pleasure to be here and credit to the Club, Foundation and all the staff for organising this showcase.’

‘All those taking part have had a great day, just watching the games you can see them give everything to win but just being here is an incredible experience and one they can cherish.’

It was the biggest disabled football event of its kind in the UK, and while everyone was a winner, credit has to go to Seaford Town FC Disabilities Team and Arsenal FC Foundation, who were victorious in the under-12 and under 16 pan-disability competitions respectively.

One of the teams in Blue also became victorious, with the Chelsea Hazard team lifting the under-12 cup!

One of the team members, George Godfrey said: ‘It has been amazing. To see this day and be part of it is something I will never forget and I am so grateful.



Day two was just as spectacular as day one!

Taking place at Stamford Bridge, the event hosted 34 teams from clubs including, Tottenham, Arsenal and AFC Bournemouth! And whilst all teams were winners on such a fun day, it was Middlesbrough Foundation, Cheshunt and The Village Pan that were crowned champions of their tournaments!



Jimmy Rendall, who was part of the Middlesbrough Foundation winning team, couldn’t have been happier about how the day went, “What Chelsea have put on for us today has been absolutely spot on!”

“It’s not very often we get to come to a stadium like this so it’s been unbelievable. It’s a fantastic opportunity and we are so privileged to have been asked to come and play here.”