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Grassroots Coaches Meet Mourinho

Grassroots Coaches Meet Mourinho

Date published: 17 October 2013

Press release


Barclays says Thank You to community coaches

It was a day out to remember for a group of community coaches and players as they were invited to meet Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Wednesday (October 16) as Barclays Premier League title sponsor Barclays thanked hard-working volunteers and players from Old Vaughanians FC for their commitment to the local community.

The group had the privilege of meeting Mourinho and defender Ryan Bertrand at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground to quiz them on life in the Barclays Premier League. They took part in a special training session with Blues coaches and were given an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the facility.

Old Vaughanians run five senior teams and each week the club train at the Barclays Spaces for Sports site at the Linford Christie Sports Centre near Wormwood Scrubs, which is one of 200 community sports sites that Barclays has built with partners 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 identifying community groups to visit each Barclays Premier League club as part of its campaign to thank fans and community heroes.

David Wheldon, Managing Director of Brand, Reputation and Citizenship at Barclays, commented: “This season Barclays is saying thank you to community heroes across the UK, who help make the Barclays Premier League what it is today. 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.”

Speaking about the visit, Old Vaughanians FC coach Tony Murphy said: “It was a great honour for some of OVFC’s coaches and players to be invited by Barclays to visit Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham. We thoroughly enjoyed touring the ground and being coached by some of Chelsea’s senior staff.

“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 www.facebook.com/barclaysfootball and join the conversation to thank community heroes with #YouAreFootball.

Mourinho signs on
Chelsea PAM
Barclays say "Thank you" to local grassroots coaches
A grassroots football coach from a Barclays Spaces for Sports site with Jose Mourinho

For more information contact:
• Steve Spencer on 0207 908 6486 or sspencer@lexisagency.com
• Luke Thomson on 0845 345 4555 Ext: 4262 or luke.thomson@footballfoundation.org.uk

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