When you’re a youngster with a mum or dad in the Armed Forces, sometimes you have to be a brave little soldier. That’s because you know that the demands of their job can mean they have to be away from home, sometimes for months.
Brothers 10-year old Alfie and Oscar who is 7 know what it’s like. Their dad, Mike is a sergeant in the Royal Engineers and he has deployed six times in their life time.
So, while there’s no substitute for Dad, the chance for a kick about and to improve their football skills and drills under the eye of the Chelsea FC coach was an opportunity not to be missed.
The event, designed to boost the morale of Service kids, was organised by Little Troopers, a registered charity who support all children with parents serving in the British Armed Forces, regular or reserve.
The work of the charity is all about making periods of separation as easy as possible, and keeping parents and children connected and bonded even when miles apart.