Players' Community Day

Wednesday 21 August 2002

Fulham players visited Community soccer courses on Wednesday and gave children between the ages of 4 and 14 the opportunity to meet their footballing heroes.

Fresh from their fantastic start to the season the lads were delighted to put the youngsters through their paces at four different venues across London and Surrey.

Louis Saha, Luis Boa Morte, Rufus Brevett and Steve Finnan visited Blenheim School in Epsom and Louis showed them all how to score a successful penalty kick as well as taking part in a hardest shot competition.

Alain Goma and two-goal hero Sylvain Legwinski were in Bishops Park and met children from the Hammersmith & Fulham Action for Disabled (HAFAD).

At Imber Court in Elmbridge, Junich Inamoto and Sean Davis acted as referees in a five-a-side tournament and offered expert tips and advice.

Club skipper Chris Coleman accompanied Manager Jean Tigana and assistant manager Christian Damiano to meet the children based at the Motspur Park training ground. They all wallowed in the reflected glory of last Saturday's victory and received a warm welcome from the excited youngsters.

Head of Community, Simon Morgan, said: "To get this level of support from the manager and first team squad is unheard of at any Community Department across the country.

"They fully support our initiatives and realise the need to encourage these youngsters to become the Fulham fans and players of the future. It was great to witness the childrens' excited faces when the lads turned up and all the players were happy to pose for photographs and sign autographs. On behalf of all the children I would like to say a huge thank you to Jean and all the players."