Archives for June 2012

Season Kicks-Off With Community Day

Crystal Palace FC will launch the season with a Community Day designed to pack Selhurst Park for its first home game of the 2012/13 season against Watford on Saturday 18th August.

The club will engage with all sectors of the community including church groups, schools, sports clubs, charities, neighbours and local organisations in an attempt to encourage families along to enjoy a day out supporting their local club.

Football is the world’s biggest game and Premier League stars now have pop star status but Crystal Palace FC is all about keeping football local. “South London and Proud” is the strapline used by the club in its marketing and represents all that Palace fans stand for.

As well as discounted tickets there will be a host of activity going on in and around the stadium before kick-off at 3pm, including displays by community groups, plenty of food and drink, entertainers and give-a -ways and the day is sure to have a wonderful summer atmosphere.

If you run a community group and would like to get involved in the Community Day please contact CPFC Marketing Manager, Sharon Lacey on 0208 768 6000.

Thank you – From Swaffield Primary School

Hello Colin,

This is an email from myself and my staff at Swaffield Primary School wanting to thank you and your staff for Our Taster Day. The idea was to offer our pupils a taster of what would be on offer in our new After School CPFC Soccer School which is starting on 19.9.11
This was delivered FREE of charge by 2 Excellent experienced coaches who donated their whole day for the cause!

On 13th September 2011 we had our own special “Crystal Palace Day”

Clarry and Michael arrived at our school 7.45am ready to start(earlier than all the teachers)

Eventually when my colleague Tracy Ford and myself arrived half hour later we took them both to our playground where the taster session would be taking place. They came with all the resources needed to head an exciting day which lay ahead!
We then introduced them to all our staff in our daily morning meeting before kicking off our fun packed day with our Crystal Palace Assembly!

Clarry led the 30 minute assembly which was delivered to our whole school. All teachers, our head teacher and chair of governors were present.
He kept the children thoroughly engaged throughout and was able to reward them for their amazing listening skills by offering some great Palace Prizes at the end of the assembly by asking the children questions about things he had shared during assembly.
This was a great and kind incentive which was appreciated by all teaching staff and the 6 pupils who were lucky enough to win one of the prizes!

This was then followed up with the start of our Taster Sessions for Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

As we have a double form entry, each class was allocated half hour slots each.
The coaches worked brilliantly, considering they only had 30 minutes to deliver what they would normally produce in an hour. They gave every class a taster of the tools they would need to enhance their footballing ability. They demonstrated how to become familiar with a ball, ball control, heading, passing, shooting and turning with the ball amongst other skills.
But what was really impressive was, though the focus was football, the coaches included, effective communication, healthy living, fitness, listening skills and self discipline.
The children of all ages and different abilities were made to feel included and were given a self belief by both coaches that they can achieve anything they wanted as long as they were prepared to work hard for it! A message much appreciated by all the teachers who were present during the taster sessions.
Myself and my head teacher popped into most of the sessions being run to the groups throughout the day, and one of the things we picked up on was the lively, energetic and humorous style in which both coaches used. This kept the children fully on task, als offering them confidence to have fun and enjoy the experience.

When Clarry and I first met to arrange the taster day, he was concerned that where normally an hour would be perfect to fit in a fun game at the end, he was worried that the 30 minutes would not be enough for the children to get the full effect of a real CPFC soccer session.
He then decided that if each class could have the 30 minutes to use for skills, he would use their lunch hour to arrange a fun mini tournament for the pupils to put into practise the skills they had been shown. This meant that neither Michael or Clarry had a lunch break all day! Both coaches, who completed the day at 3.45pm had worked a straight 8 hour shift!

The whole day went brilliantly and even an unexpected fire alarm could not spoil the day!!!

The effect both coaches had on the children were phenomenal! The following day we had over 50 children turn up wanting places on the After School CPFC Soccer School. Following that more and more children were wanting to be part of the program.
Sadly, having only 32 places due to playground size and other clubs commitments on other nights we had to put many children on a waiting list waiting to take part next term!

Last Monday we had our first session and all the parents who stayed to watch were very impressed with what they witnessed, this was fed back to our head teacher who announced in a staff meeting how pleased she was to have Crystal Palace Soccer School on board.

We have allocated every Monday from now until the end of July 2012 to CPFC Soccer School and are looking forward to having a long and successful partnership with yourselves.

Many thanks to you and your amazing coaches continued hard work!

Val Cadogan-Croll

Breaking Barriers – Residential Lake Windermere

The Breaking Barriers Programme is all about the growth and personal development of young people.

A group of young Affinity sutton residents on the programme who were identified as positive role models and young leaders within their community were given the opportunity to study the youth work level 2 qualification. The highlight of the programme residential in the Lake district.

Ryan Bish, Breaking Barriers Project Manager. ‘It was great to work in partnership with Brathay and Affinity Sutton to deliver such an inspiring programme we have now seen members of this group take a more active role in making a positive contribution to their community.

Davontae Dean a young leader on the programme said ‘I was really inspired by the whole project as I got to learn about youth work, plan and deliver community events and go on a 4 day residential trip where I got to do exciting fun and team building activities. I was a confident person before but this experience has made me become more confident in my ability and taking on challenges. I have also recognised I am a role model and want to use this to make a positive contribution within my community.’

Peace Week

In recognition of The London Week Of Peace Campaign which ran from the 20th – 27th September, Croydon Kickz delivered a 6 a side football tournament at the national sports centre.

The tournament involved teams from Milne Park (Addington), Canterbury Road (Central Croydon) Kickz and other projects from the following London Boroughs being represented by Sutton and Bromley.

The London Week Of Peace was originally established in 2001 its vision is to see all Londoners engaged in creating a more cohesive society and in celebrating our rich diversity, with the goal of promoting justice equality and respect.

Taking the Peace Weeks vision into account we based the tournament around the themes most appropriate to football which was agreed as being unity and respect. In total 7 teams entered with 56 under 16s taking part, all from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Prior to the tournament commencing a workshop was held about the importance of Peace Week to all attendees, during the tournament David Kay a liaison officer from the Metropolitan Police spoke to participants and handed out Take Care Of Yourself Leaflets which gives advice on being assertive and aware on London streets.

The format of the tournament was that each team would play each other once with the top four teams progressing to a semi final.

Canterbury Road (Central Croydon) were the eventual winners on the day with Milne Park being knocked out in the group stages.

This year Unity was the main theme for Peace Week and the whole tournament held that aspect by playing against other boroughs and also working with other young people on the workshops and listening to views from other people.

The day was a great success with the young people understanding what the Peace Week Ethos was about and also working in unison with their other peers showed how they took on the idea.

But more importantly the message of peace was conveyed with players playing in a respectful manner, shaking hands after each match and playing with a smile on there face.

Palace comes to the Overground Festival

A wonderful time was had by all [particularly by Head coaches Ryan and Trevor !] last Thursday when Palace came along to the Crystal Palace Overground Festival at the wonderfully restored Westow Park. Sessions were pulled together for the under 10’s, under 15’s and 15+’s and it was estimated that 150 young people took part.

Cathy Hencion, festival organiser said ‘the kids just kept coming…the coaches were inspirational and must have been exhausted, we ended with a fast pace game with 16 years olds…great for us as it allows us to engage with those kids that are usually left out of activities’.
Well done all.

Kickz – Foundations Social Inclusion

The Foundations Social Inclusion projects are currently running successful Kickz and Breaking Barriers projects across the LB of Bromley, Croydon and Sutton for young people aged 12 to 19. The projects see 24 x 3 hour sessions run weekly engaging with over 800 young people.
Using football as the tool to engage with otherwise hard to reach young people the projects help to build safer, stronger and more respectful communities through a range of healthy and constructive activities whilst also ensuring that the young people fulfill their potential through workshops and educational qualifications.

Kickz Croydon Officer Trevor Meader with Hannah

Hannah’s Story

My name’s Hannah, I’m 16, and for the last 7 months I have been a volunteer for the Crystal Palace FC Kickz programme which takes place at the Canterbury Road Recreation Ground in Croydon.

At the age of 14 I became one of the local children who played regularly at Kickz sessions. I really loved the atmosphere, the new people I met and the support I was given from the coaches. It inspired me to continue doing the things that I enjoyed, and now older and wiser, I’ve chosen to make a difference at Kickz. I realised that I wanted to help the committed young people there, and give them the support that I was once given. I’ve done this by becoming a mentor and helping the youngsters with any problems they may have. I think that it is important that these young people have someone to talk to, as well as someone to just mess around with.

I attend Crystal Palace FC Kickz every week and help out by setting up cones and goal nets and completing registers. On Mondays, Kickz do a session of Tag Rugby for half an hour, and I help by keeping the kids enthusiastic and making sure that everyone is having fun. I enjoy refereeing the games, because the teams can vary so much! Sometimes the older ones play and sometimes it’s the younger ones, occasionally everyone’s playing; either way is a lot of fun.

I was recently nominated for the V inspired volunteer award which is, for me, an outstanding achievement and a reminder that the work and effort I put in as well as the satisfaction I feel afterwards, is recognised.

This organisation has a predominantly male fan base in terms of the kids that attend the sessions. In the future I envisage Kickz organising and holding activities that attract more girls to help in making Crystal Palace FC Kickz a place where more people can experience what I have.

For more information to get involved in Kickz or the Breaking Barriers projects in Bromley, Croydon and Sutton please contact the Social Inclusion team on 0208 768 6006.

Know the Score


Football stands up against the disease

Crystal Palace FC and Foundation along with England’s top footballers through the generations are supporting the “Know the Score campaign” this April to raise awareness of bowel cancer and the key symptoms of the disease.

The campaign backed by leading bowel cancer charities the Bobby Moore Fund, the Adam Stansfield Foundation, Beating Bowel Cancer, Bowel Cancer UK, the Men’s Health Forum and the founding charity of ‘Know the Score’, the Mr Brightside Project has been endorsed by current England midfielder James Milner, World Cup winner Martin Peters, women’s captain Faye White and striker Les Ferdinand who have all supported and helped to promote ‘Know the Score’ in a national newspaper campaign.

Over this busy Easter period the charities are launching through the professional game a new silver ‘Star of Hope’ badge as the symbol for bowel cancer. The campaign supported by the Professional Footballers Association, the League Managers Association and Professional Game Match Officials Limited and will see players, managers and match official wearing the badge.
The launch will also see match officials throughout the Premier League and Football League, and players at selected Premier and Football League clubs wear ‘Know the Score’ t-shirts as they warm up for games.

For your Star of Hope and information on the campaign visit the Know the Score website:

Respect Schools Programme

Crystal Palace FC players Owen Garvan and Matthew Parsons visited Worsley Bridge Primary School, Bromley to launch the Foundations respect project. The project in partnership with the Football League sponsor, npower uses young people’s love of football to encourage good behaviour. The project is open to year 6 students across the LB of Bromley, Croydon and Sutton. Foundation staff will deliver 1-hour sessions to help young people learn about respect and related important skills such as team work and citizenship to understand how these apply to football and other areas of life.

The aims of the project are for children to:

  • Identify unacceptable behaviour and its effect on others
  • Develop an understanding of respect and how it can be implemented in daily life
  • See situations from other people’s perspective

The learning outcomes of the project are:

  • Children can understand the consequences of their conduct on others and know that certain types if behaviour are wrong
  • Appreciate that their behaviour can affect not just them selves but others at school, at home and in the community
  • Understanding that certain behaviour can harm and hurt others

In a question and answer session with the children the players related their experiences when playing into how it links into every day life. The players enhanced the message to young people the importance of self-respect, being positive, respecting others and keeping calm.

Quote from Owen Garvan:
“Players can have such a positive affect on peoples lives its important that we utilise this to get these key messages across to the young people. The importance of good behaviour, good manners, respect and self-belief are so important as the young people grow up.”

If you would like your school to take part in the programme please contact lead officer Rob Perrett on 020 8768 6047 or email

Eagles Fitter Fans – Funding

The Foundation are pleased to announce that funding of £40,000 to develop the fitter fans club over the next 2 years has been confirmed by the Football League via their discretionary fund and partners Premier and GP London. This will see the Foundation continue to build on the success of its current Eagles Fitter Fans club whilst opening up the age range for further fans to attend.

Launching in February 2011 with funding from Change4life the programme has gone from strength to strength with its 5th Eagles Fitter Fans club currently being run. The 10 week programme for males over 40, who feel over-weight and/or inactive has seen over 100 men enrol. The weekly sessions see fans weigh-in, a presentation on a health or fitness related topic and a fitness session. The course covers weight management, eatwell plate, portion size, exercise, salt, fats, food labels, alcohol and men’s health.


To date groups 1 to 4:

  • Total of 106 males signed up
  • 200 hours of exercise session put on by CPFC Foundation alone
  • Over 20 million steps by groups 1-4 through the pedometer challenge
  • Total of 1012lbs or 72.65 stones lost altogether
  • 89.8% attendance record

With the success and camaraderie forged during the 1st club that the fans requested the further development of the programme this saw the foundation set up a weigh and play club at Goals, Copers Cope. Running weekly through out the year the members continue to have their weight monitored, take exercise through 5aside games whilst discussing the games ahead.

The highlight for many was not only the weight and improved fitness levels that they achieved but the chance to take part in the end of season Legend game, which saw the members grace the Selhurst pitch.

Eagles Fitter Fans highlight their experiences

Richard (Group 1 Squad No11)
“March 2011- Unfit, unhealthy, overweight and searching “Large Mans” shops for clothes. October 2011 – Fitter than I’ve been for the last 20+ years, 3 stone lighter able to run for a bus without gagging for breath, and digging out clothes that I haven’t worn since the days of Coppell (1st time round). Well maybe the last comment is a bit of an exaggeration, but this has all been down to the education and support I’ve received from being a member of the Eagles Fitter Fans. Maintaining a healthier diet and regular exercise, supported by weekly footy at Goals, Beckenham, has made such a change to my lifestyle. Since joining the scheme, I have also made some amazing friends and played on the hallowed turf at Selhurst Park! Don’t think twice about it join Rob and the boys at Eagles Fitter Fans”.

(Group 4 Squad No 22)

Just thought I would let you know that I had a doctors appointment this week for a routine health check due to family history. ( Father and Grandmother both had heart problems and my Mothers diabetic ).

My blood pressure was always quite high, borderline medication. When it was taken this week it was perfect 125 over 80 ( text book was the description they gave) and my blood sugar was fine and they were extremely pleased with my weight loss.

I explained to them about the fitter fans programme that you and your colleagues run and they were very impressed by it.

I can not praise enough your efforts and what I have achieved from this programme enough. Also the friendship amongst all the guys who participate in this. Long may the EFF continue.

Kickz – 2012 Awards Nomine

After recent events the image of Young of people has been tarnished, but under the guidance of Foundations Kickz coaches, young people are being helped to become positive role models as well as developing their own personal skills.

Nick Dowry from Addington is typical of many of the young people attending the Foundations Kickz projects that see’s 18 weekly sessions run across the LB of Bromley Croydon and Sutton with over 650 young people attending. The projects uses the power of football to engage with young people who are at risk of getting involved in anti-social behavior and low-level crime, to build safer, stronger, more respectful communities and ensure young people relies their potential.

Nick has been a regular attendee at the Croydon Kickz Milne Park programme since he was signposted to the project 3 year ago, the project offers him a positive way to exert his energies during the evenings as opposed to hanging around with his mates till late being unproductive. Now attending Croydon College as well a training programme where he is learning how to fix bikes which will make them safer to cycle on the road he is also due to start his 1ST 4 Sport Level 1 Football Coaching Qualification. He has become a positive role model for the other young people attending, making a positive contribution to the sessions from setting up lights, organising football tournaments, handing out leaflets to generally spreading the word about Kickz. He is currently organising a Milne Park youth forum to enable the young people in the area to have a voice.

Quote from Trevor Meader, Kickz Project Officer for Croydon
“I remember Nick being a right pain to everyone within the local area, but over time he has shown good responsibility and tried to be an individual rather than follow the group. He has realised that he needed to change, he’s become an excellent ambassador for the project and has been a great influence in bringing more local young people through the programme.”

Nick has been nominated by the Foundations Kickz projects for the “Inspiring Young Person: award at the National Kickz Awards 2012 which are taking place at Manchester City FC, Etihad Stadium on 13th April 2012.

For further information on the Kickz projects in your area please contact Trevor Meader on 020 8678 6006 or email: