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Saturday 19 October 2013

Barclays thanks local volunteers with Chelsea visit

Players and volunteers of Old Vaughanians meet Jose Mourinho and Ryan Bertrand at Cobham

  • Mourinho and Bertrand took time to answer questions from Old Vaughanians

  • The Chelsea manager delighted the players and volunteers with his welcoming attitude

  • Old Vaughanians also had a training session from the Chelsea coaches at Cobham

  • Old Vaughanians enjoyed a look around the Chelsea complex at Chelsea

A group of community coaches and players from West London got a day to remember from Barclays, the title sponsor of the Barclays Premier League, when they met Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

"Everyone at Cobham, from the players to the organisers of the event, was so hospitable and helpful"
Tony Murphy

The hard-working volunteers and players from Old Vaughanians FC were rewarded by Barclays for their commitment to the local community with a trip to Chelsea's Cobham training ground to quiz Mourinho and defender Ryan Bertrand on life in the Barclays Premier League. They also took part in a special training session with Chelsea coaches and were given an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the facility.

Old Vaughanians run five senior teams and train at the Barclays Spaces for Sports site at the Linford Christie Sports Centre, near Wormwood Scrubs, one of 200 community sports sites that Barclays has built with the Football Foundation. The group was chosen by Barclays because of the time they give up to coach and facilitate football in the local area.

"This season Barclays is saying thank you to community heroes across the UK, who help make the Barclays Premier League what it is today," David Wheldon, Managing Director of Brand, Reputation and Citizenship at Barclays, said. "We invited a group of volunteer coaches and players from grassroots club Old Vaughanians FC to a special event at Chelsea as a thank you for all their hard work in the community."

Old Vaughanians FC coach Tony Murphy said the invitation to Chelsea was a "great honour" for his club.

"We thoroughly enjoyed touring the ground and being coached by some of Chelsea's senior staff," Murphy said. "Most of all, however, we were thrilled to meet Jose Mourinho and Ryan Bertrand and to have had the opportunity to ask them questions.

"Everyone at Cobham, from the players to the organisers of the event, was so hospitable and helpful. We look forward to imparting our newfound knowledge to our club members."

For more information, visit and join the conversation to thank community heroes with #YouAreFootball.

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