Chelsea players attend grand opening of Surrey school facilities as foundation ambassadors


Nathan Ake and Lewis Baker joined in the celebrations at Barnsbury School in Woking.


By SWLondoner staff

Chelsea FC players Nathan Ake and Lewis Baker were the guests of honour as the Chelsea Foundation joined in the celebrations at the grand opening of an extension in a Surrey School.

Netherlands Under-21 international Ake and England Under-19 midfielder Baker were joined by Academy coaches Andy Myers and Jody Morris at Barnsbury School in Woking, Surrey on Friday 8th November.

The school currently uses the Foundation to deliver football coaching and after school football clubs and were awarded £250,000 from Surrey County Council in September 2012 to build their new facilities.

Senior Football Development Officer for Surrey, Keith Harmes, said: “We enjoy a great relationship with Barnsbury School and were delighted to be part of their big day.”

The Chelsea players and staff, along with Foundation staff members, attended a school assembly before Ake and Baker posed for photos and took a look at the new facilities, which include new admin offices, medical and parents area plus new staff/visitor cloakrooms.

Tom Bird, PPA Development Officer for the Foundation was delighted that the players could attend, he said: “It’s fantastic that these young schoolchildren have had the opportunity to meet Nathan and Lewis.

“Both of them have been brilliant with their time speaking to, and signing autographs for the children, and have been excellent role models. Hopefully the children will remember today for a long time.”

Extended Services Leader for Barnsbury School, Mrs Jane Quelch, added: “The arrival of the players created a real buzz in the assembly hall amongst both the children and the staff.

“Mass hysteria almost ensued when Nathan and Lewis met the children on the playground and signed autographs. It was a great opportunity for the children to meet some of their heroes and be inspired by these talented individuals.”

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