‘An Audience with at Christmas’ is a special Chelsea Pitch Owners event which features a Q&A with first team player Mateo Kovacic, former Chelsea Women’s captain, Katie Chapman, Carlo Cudicini and an Academy player to be announced.
The event will be hosted by Gigi Salmon, well known for her work on Chelsea TV.
Celebrate Christmas with us, bring your friends and learn from top players on what it takes to be successful and represent an elite club like Chelsea.
Doors at 7pm, Q&A at 7.45-8.45pm, event ends at 9.30pm
The entrance charge includes a beer, glass of wine or soft drink (vouchers are handed out on arrival). Book now for what is bound to be a very popular evening.
About the Guests
Katie Chapman, former Chelsea Women’s Captain and England midfielder is now a Club Ambassador.
Katie retired from her 20-year career at the end of the 2017/2018, having won the FA Cup for a record 10th time. Katie captained Chelsea Women to a league and FA Cup double in 2015. She began her career with Millwall in 1996; joined the Blues from Arsenal in 2014 and went on to win 94 international caps. She represented England at two World Cups and three European Championships, and was part of the squads which were beaten finalists at Euro 2009 and finished third at the World Cup in 2015. Katie recently joined Chelsea Foundation coaches and global charity partner Plan International at a refugee camp in Jordan. The group received special access to the Azraq Refugee Camp in the desert outside Amman, which homes more than 35,000 Syrian refugees, to deliver sessions to groups of boys and girls aged from 10 to 17.
Mateo Kovacic was signed on a season long loan deal from Real Madrid on 9 August 2018.
The 23-year-old Croatian international arrived with experience having featured regularly in Serie A, La Liga, the Champions League and at international level. He played five games during Croatia’s run to the World Cup final last summer. Kovacic caught the eye from a very early age, and after joining Dinamo Zagreb’s academy as a teenager, it wasn’t long before he had established himself in their first team. He scored on his senior debut aged 16 years and 198 days, becoming the youngest goal scorer in the history of the Croatian top flight. He left Dinamo for Inter Milan in January 2013 having won a pair of league and cup doubles. After two more seasons at the San Siro, Real Madrid came calling in the summer of 2015. Kovacic made his Chelsea debut when he came off the bench in an early-season win over Arsenal, before making his first start in our next match away at Newcastle.
Carlo Cudicini, Club Ambassador & Assistant to Head Coach
One of the most talented and popular goalkeepers in Blues history, Carlo Cudicini made 216 appearances during his 10 years at Stamford Bridge between 1999 and 2009, keeping 101 clean sheets.
At the end of the 2002/03 season, in which Chelsea qualified for the Champions League for only the second time, Cudicini won the Premier League’s Golden Gloves award for goalkeeper of the year and during his time at the club he twice picked up winner’s medals in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield.
His last playing role was with LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer, which he left in 2014, before taking up a goalkeeper coaching role with the Republic of Ireland Under-21s squad in March 2015.
In July 2016 he started a dual role, when he also became assistant to Antonio Conte and subsequently Maurizio Sarri.