Chelsea Ladies took a break from the serious business of preparing for Sunday’s International Women’s Club Championship final on Friday afternoon to visit youngsters from a Tokyo nursery and welfare centre.
The squad headed out to the Bunkyo district of Tokyo for a kick around with youngsters from Aoyagi Nursery and the local Welfare Centre for children with disabilities.
In total 33 children aged between three and five enjoyed games of tag with manager Emma Hayes as well as some one-on-one coaching with the Chelsea coaching staff and players.
Chelsea midfielder Laura Coombs, who scored the Blues’ first goal in the 3-2 win over Sydney on Wednesday, said: ‘What an amazing experience for us as well as the children.
‘We know how important it is to give something back to the local community and as a club we take that responsibility very seriously so we were delighted the children had so much fun.’
At the conclusion of the event the children presented the Chelsea players with traditional gifts of origami, while they received signed footballs and photographs from the team before posing for photos.
Nursery principal Chikako Ishidoya said: ‘We thank Chelsea for taking the time out of their busy schedule to spend the afternoon with the children.
‘It has been a great day as they usually just run around during the break but they have spent time with the manager, coaches and players and will have learnt a lot as well as had lots of fun.’
Chelsea Ladies will meet INAC Kobe Leonessa in the final of the International Women’s Club Championship on Sunday afternoon local time.