Callum Salhotra, senior social inclusion officer, said: ‘In what has been a really challenging year for so many of our young people who have had to deal with multiple lockdowns and isolation, having the opportunity to play at Stamford Bridge should hopefully make up for some of the lost time!
‘These young people come from all different backgrounds and locations, but football brings them all together. I know they will have enjoyed the day and hopefully it encourages them to keep playing football in the future on the Kicks programme.’
Tony Rodriguez, social inclusion officer, added: ‘Having a pitch event is a massive positive of the programme. To be able to play on the same pitch as some of their heroes could really inspire both our male and female participants.’