Chelsea Football Club has informed the public to be aware of ‘fraudulent’ claims that it has hired out its training ground to a leading UK football exposure company.
GO PRO Football had alleged on its own website that the Blues’ Cobham training base would be used as the hub for its trial days, for a hefty price, as it seeks out the next generation of talented football stars.
However, Chelsea moved to reject that notion as the club took to their official website to warn against supporters or other football mad families from bringing their children along for supposed trials.
The statement read: “Chelsea Football Club has become aware that the website www.goprofootball.co.uk is falsely offering trials at our Cobham training ground in exchange for payment.
“This offer is fraudulent – the club does not hold open trials for any of its teams and we would like to advise our fans not to engage with any third party website or company advertising such an offer.
“Fans contacted by or becoming aware of any company offering trials at or for the club can alert us by emailing [email protected]
“The club’s training ground is closed to the general public at all times. All Chelsea Foundation soccer school programmes can be booked through the official club website.”
GO PRO is a company that claims to work with the most: “Talented up and coming football players, giving them the opportunity to showcase their talent” to a plethora of scouts and coaches in the game.”
GO PRO, which is made up of current and retired professional stars, offers top class coaching sessions from their UEFA and FA accredited staff and had stated that Chelsea’s base of operations would be used to accommodate one of their upcoming trial days.
The team’s Cobham base had been pencilled in to host the two-day event over the weekend of 25th and 26th November.
However, the company’s website now only shows two trial sessions – with both to take place at Barnet’s ground in London, after presumably being hit by a cease-and-desist letter from the reigning Premier League champions.