Chelsea Players Torres, Oscar, Mata, and Nigeria’s Victor Moses mentor 12 football loving kids at Dream the Blues Finale in London (PHOTOS)

by Aziza Uko

When the heroes make an entrance - Chelsea FC players and the Dream the Blues Ambassadors, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Victor Moses, and Oscar.
When the heroes made an entrance – Chelsea FC players and the Dream the Blues Ambassadors – (From Left) Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Victor Moses, and Oscar.

MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE STORY

It’s not often that living magic happens.

Thanks to global giant, Samsung, truly moving events took place yesterday, May 17, 2013 at the Dream the Blues Camp at the Chelsea FC training facility at Cobham, UK.

Samsung took its sponsorship of Chelsea FC, easily, one of the world’s most important footballs clubs, to a new level in Corporate Social Responsibility as it launched the Dream the Blues Campaign in January 13, 2013. 14 football loving kids chosen from 7 countries (Nigeria, Brazil, Mexico, Ghana, South Africa, Thailand, and China) were chosen and given the opportunity of a lifetime at the Dream the Blues Finale in London.

Nigeria was represented at the camp by Jep Mallam (11) and Moses Magnut (13). (You can read their stories by clicking on their names.) They joined 10 other young football lovers who made it to London.

What’s the magical moment?

When the four Chelsea FC players and the Dream the Blues Ambassadors, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Victor Moses, and Oscar, who are also football heroes to most of the kids walked on to the pitch to train with kids from around the world.

“Your dreams are real, they can come to pass, just work hard and don’t give up,” Fernando Torres told the kids as he smiled down at them.

“It was worth it!” exclaimed Gabriel Oyediji, guardian to Nigerian Moses Magnut, apparently referring to the hassles he passed through in getting a visa for Moses to be at the Dream the Blues camp. “Seeing Moses on the pitch, training with Torres, Mata, Oscar, and Victor Moses just makes everything we went through to bring Moses here, worth it.”

[READ: 20 priceless lessons to learn from Chelsea FC players Torres, Oscar, Mata, and Nigeria’s own Victor Moses [READ]]

[READ: 12 young lives changed forever as Samsung-Chelsea FC hold the Dream the Blues Campaign in London]

“Not in a million years, would we have thought that Jep would be standing on the same field with Victor Moses, Oscar, Torres, and Mata, kicking the same ball, into the same net,” confessed Charles Omofomwan of the SOS Children’s Village, Abuja who chaperoned Nigerian Jep Mallam to the camp. “Thanks to Samsung, I am speechless. This is a great moment in Jep’s life. And indeed, all the children’s lives.”

“This is CSR at its best,” said Usman Imanah, Media and PR Resources Manager at Samsung Electronic West Africa. “Samsung is about making dreams come true and this project, Dream the Blues Campaign, was designed without profit in mind, it is purely about making a tangible impact in the lives of the kids.”

Speaking to the press after the event, Dream the Blues Ambassador and back-to-back Player of the Year, Juan Mata said, “It is nice to share our football with the kids, training with them and we have fun because they are really good, they have the quality.”

“Playing with them and training with them meant a lot to them,” Nigerian Victor Moses, also a Dream the Blues Ambassador said. “We really enjoy it, going out there, playing football with the kids and then if you look at their face, they were smiling and stuff.  So it was great to be out there and enjoying it with them.”

Samsung launched the Dream the Blues Campaign which targets football loving kids between the ages of 9 and 13, in the United Kingdom in 2007 as an extension of Samsung-Chelsea FC Youth Football Camp program, and since then the programme as benefited and inspired more than 6,000 youths from around the world.

"Your dreams are real" - Fernando Torres tells the Dream the Blues kids as team mates Juan Mata, Victor Moses, and Oscar look on
“Your dreams are real” – Fernando Torres tells the Dream the Blues kids as team mates Juan Mata, Victor Moses, and Oscar look on
Victo Moses shows Goitsemang Lengene (South Africa) and Anthonio Arruda (Brazil) some kills
Victor Moses shows Goitsemang Lengene (South Africa) and Antonio Arruda (Brazil) some skills as team mate, Oscar looks on

 

Victor Moses shows Goitsemang Lengene (South Africa) and Antonio Arruda (Brazil) some skills as team mate, Oscar looks on
Victor Moses shows Goitsemang Lengene (South Africa) and Antonio Arruda (Brazil) some skills as team mate, Oscar looks on
Victor Moses shows Goitsemang Lengene (South Africa) and Antonio Arruda (Brazil) some skills
Victor Moses shows Goitsemang Lengene (South Africa) and Antonio Arruda (Brazil) some skills
Victor Moses shows some skills
Having fun  – Victor Moses shows some skills
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Victor Moses takes the ball from Goitsemang Lengene (South Africa)
Victor Moses
Victor Moses

 

Juan Maata works with Omar Reynoso (Mexico), Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Puchit Poom-Pueng (Thailand)
Juan Mata works with Omar Reynoso (Mexico), Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Kongkrit Lamom-Prom also known as Leo (Thailand)

 

Juan Maata works with Omar Reynoso (Mexico), Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Puchit Poom-Pueng (Thailand)
Juan Mata works with Omar Reynoso (Mexico), Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Kongkrit Lamom-Prom also known as Leo (Thailand)
Juan Maata works with Omar Reynoso (Mexico), Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Puchit Poom-Pueng (Thailand)
Juan Mata works with Omar Reynoso (Mexico), Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Kongkrit Lamom-Prom also known as Leo (Thailand)

 

Juan Mata works with Omar Reynoso (Mexico), Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Puchit Poom-Pueng (Thailand)
Juan Mata works with Omar Reynoso (Mexico), Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Kongkrit Lamom-Prom also known as Leo (Thailand)
Juan Mata
Juan Mata
Juan Mata
Juan Mata
Juan Mata
Juan Mata
Juan Mata works with Omar Reynoso (Mexico), Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Puchit Poom-Pueng (Thailand)
Juan Mata works with Omar Reynoso (Mexico), Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Kongkrit Lamom-Prom also known as Leo (Thailand)
Juan Mata works with Omar Reynoso (Mexico), Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Puchit Poom-Pueng (Thailand)
Juan Mata works with Omar Reynoso (Mexico), Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Kongkrit Lamom-Prom also known as Leo (Thailand)
Juan Mata works with Omar Reynoso (Mexico), Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Puchit Poom-Pueng (Thailand)
Juan Mata works with Omar Reynoso (Mexico), Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Kongkrit Lamom-Prom also known as Leo (Thailand)
Juan Mata works with Omar Reynoso (Mexico), Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Puchit Poom-Pueng (Thailand)
Juan Mata works with Omar Reynoso (Mexico), Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Kongkrit Lamom-Prom also known as Leo (Thailand)
Juan Mata works with Omar Reynoso (Mexico), Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Puchit Poom-Pueng (Thailand)
Juan Mata
Fernando Torres trains with Moses Magnut (Nigeria), Jep Mallam (Nigeria) and Kongkrit Lamom-Prom (Thailand)
Fernando Torres trains with Moses Magnut (Nigeria), Jep Mallam (Nigeria) and Puchit Poom-Puang (Thailand)

 

Fernando Torres trains with Moses Magnut (Nigeria), Jep Mallam (Nigeria) and Kongkrit Lamom-Prom (Thailand)
Fernando Torres trains with Moses Magnut (Nigeria), Jep Mallam (Nigeria) and Puchit Poom-Puang (Thailand)
Fernando Torres trains with Moses Magnut (Nigeria), Jep Mallam (Nigeria) and Kongkrit Lamom-Prom (Thailand)
Fernando Torres trains with Moses Magnut (Nigeria), Jep Mallam (Nigeria) and Puchit Poom-Puang (Thailand)
Fernando Torres trains with Moses Magnut (Nigeria), Jep Mallam (Nigeria) and Kongkrit Lamom-Prom (Thailand)
Fernando Torres trains with Moses Magnut (Nigeria), Jep Mallam (Nigeria) and Puchit Poom-Puang (Thailand)
Fernando Torres trains with Moses Magnut (Nigeria), Jep Mallam (Nigeria) and Kongkrit Lamom-Prom (Thailand)
Fernando Torres trains with Moses Magnut (Nigeria), Jep Mallam (Nigeria) and Puchit Poom-Puang (Thailand)
Fernando Torres trains with Moses Magnut (Nigeria), Jep Mallam (Nigeria) and Kongkrit Lamom-Prom (Thailand)
Fernando Torres trains with Moses Magnut (Nigeria), Jep Mallam (Nigeria) and Puchit Poom-Puang (Thailand)
Fernando Torres trains with Moses Magnut (Nigeria), Jep Mallam (Nigeria) and Kongkrit Lamom-Prom (Thailand)
Fernando Torres trains with Moses Magnut (Nigeria), Jep Mallam (Nigeria) and Puchit Poom-Puang (Thailand)

 

Fernando Torres trains with Kongkrit Lamom-Prom (Thailand) and Moses Magnut (Nigeria) and Jeb Mallam (Nigeria)
Fernando Torres trains with Puchit Poom-Puang (Thailand) and Moses Magnut (Nigeria) and Jep Mallam (Nigeria)

 

Oscar showing the Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Kongkrit Lamom-Prom also known as Leo (Thailand) some tricks
Oscar showing the Angel Hernandez (Mexico) and Kongkrit Lamom-Prom also known as Leo (Thailand) some tricks
Oscar showing Antonio Arruda's (Brazil) how to play the game
Oscar showing Antonio Arruda’s (Brazil) how to play the game

 

Autograph time - Juan Mata and Fernando Torres with Omar Reynoso (Mexico)
Autograph time – Juan Mata and Fernando Torres with Omar Reynoso (Mexico)
Autograph time - Oscar with Yang Jiajian (China)
Autograph time – Oscar with Yang Jiajian (China)
Autograph time - Oscar autographing Antonio Arruda's (Brazil) jersy
Autograph time – Oscar autographing Antonio Arruda’s (Brazil) jersey
Autograph time - Victor Moses autographs a ball for Yang Jiajian (China) while Antonio Arruda (Brazil) looks on
Autograph time – Victor Moses autographs a ball for Yang Jiajian (China) while Antonio Arruda (Brazil) looks on
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Unforgettable moment – Victor Moses, who is Goitsemang Lengene’s (South Africa) hero autographs a boot for the youngster
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Autograph time Juan Mata and Fernando Torres autograph a jersey for Jeb Mallam (Nigeria) while Dream the Blues coach, Steve Winnet assists
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Autograph time Juan Mata and Fernando Torres autograph a jersey for Moses Magnut (Nigeria) while Dream the Blues coach, Steve Winnet assists
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Autograph time – Juan Mata and Fernando Torres autograph Leo’s jersey (Leo’s is from Thailand) while Dream the Blues coach, Steve Winnet assists

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YNaija was in London to cover this event courtesy of Samsung Electronics West Africa Limited

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