Club Website side Ightham FC are getting ready for the highlight of their footballing lives at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
While Chelsea prepare for the UEFA Champions League Final in Munich tomorrow (Saturday), their home ground will play host to the Lucozade Sport Performance Day.
Having won their place in an exclusive Club Website competition, the Kent side are now looking forward to the professional treatment in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
For one day only, the usual grassroots surroundings of the Sevenoaks and District League will be replaced by Chelsea’s world-famous stadium and a chance to play on the same pitch as the stars of the Barclays Premier League.
Using professional coaches, sport scientists and state of the art testing equipment, Lucozade Sport will put the Ightham squad through their paces and teach them all they need to know to improve their speed, strength and endurance and help them go Faster. Stronger. For Longer.
The news was still sinking in for winning entrant Christian Hitchcock, striker and social secretary at Ightham FC.
“I entered the competition without ever thinking that we’d win but when I got the call to say I had, I couldn’t believe it,” Hitchcock told Club Website.
“Those guys who could make it are as excited as I am and those that couldn’t were close to tears. I can’t imagine any of us will get the chance to do this again.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for us all.”
On top of the professional coaching and hydration advice they will receive, Ightham will also play a full 11-a-side game on the Stamford Bridge pitch, complete with a technical breakdown of every player’s performance, outlining who ran fastest, furthest, had most touches and so on – a level of professional treatment that most amateur teams can only dream of.
“Ightham FC won’t ever play on a stage like this again; it’s got to be the highlight of our football ‘careers’!” Hitchcock added.
“I think most of us are looking forward to getting professional advice from the coaches and being able to look at our stats after the game, hopefully they’re positive or I might not be playing next year!”
Club Website will report on how Ightham FC get on at Stamford Bridge in June’s edition of The Clubhouse – our monthly newsletter. Click here to sign up today!