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Footballer to visit youth project
Roman Abramovich at the new training centre
It is not yet known which Chelsea player will visit the scheme
A football training scheme for teenagers in Surrey is to have a visit from a Premiership footballer.

The scheme in Elmbridge has already had six months of youth training sessions with Chelsea Football Club coaches.

It will now receive a visit from a Chelsea player and 2,000 after a successful bid to a community programme.

The scheme was set up earlier this year at Cobham youth club, near Chelsea's new training headquarters.

Chelsea has been incredibly supportive
PCSO Gary Gibbs

It then spread to other youth clubs across the borough.

As well as teaching football skills, the coaching sessions have also been used by club staff and youth workers to tackle issues about health, lifestyle, fitness and smoking.

Police community support officer Gary Gibbs, one of the project founders, said the donation and planned visit was the result of a successful bid to the Premier League's Places for Players programme.

The 2,000 cash will be used to expand the project, and part-fund a tournament at the Chelsea FC training ground next year.

PCSO Gibbs added that the Premiership club had backed three projects across the country, and its support was "a reflection of the enthusiasm shown by young people".

"Chelsea has been incredibly supportive," he said.


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