Archives for July 2012

The Sutton Life Centre – Olympic Torch Event

First of all, I would like to thank all of the staff at the CPFC Foundation for making our part of this event SO successful..!! Without the help of Michael, Trevor, Kieran, Ryan, Donald, the coaches and volunteers the day would not have run smoothly without a single problem! Please pass my huge thankyou again onto any young people who you brought to this event- I know for many of the volunteers this was their first time volunteering and especially at an event as big as this!! So thank you!!

Throughout the day the total number of vistors to the life centre was 4077

The staff and volunteers had an opportunity be part of a National event, to speak with the Major of Sutton, see the Olympic torch run and hold the Olympic torch.

I hope everyone that was part of this event enjoyed the day, once again Thankyou!

Danielle Towner
Community Programme Co-ordinator (Sutton)

Palace Storm National Kickz final…and make Croydon proud!

A team of young people from Croydon’s CPFC Kickz project have gone on to win the National Kickz Under 18 Cup on Saturday 21st July. Crystal Palace won all seven of their group games beating Manchester United, Newcastle United, Arsenal, West Ham United, Middlesbrough, Leyton Orient and trounced Aston Villa 8-1. CPFC finishing top of the group with a maximum total of 21 points and a total of 39 goals scored. Rio Ferguson who has been with Kickz since he was 16 said,

“Kickz has really made a difference in my life, its stopped me hanging around the streets and had got me into something good and also teaches me to express myself. Winning this tournament and being from Croydon has shown everyone that Croydon youth are good and most of the young people are like me working hard to get into work with the help of Crystal Palace Kickz.”

The semi finals saw Crystal Palace up against Newcastle United who Palace has narrowly beaten 1-0 in the group stages. This was game far more one sided with Crystal Palace running out 4-1 winners and making a smooth passage into the semi finals.

The final saw Crystal Palace up against their rivals from the east end of London, Leyton Orient. Palace beat Leyton Orient 3-2 in the group stages in quite spectacular fashion coming back from two goals down and scoring with almost the last kick of the game.

The final was a very tight affair with Crystal Palace going ahead first then Leyton Orient drawing then taking the lead but Palace came back to equalise. The game finished 2-2 and went to penalties. After two penalties each it was 2-1 to Leyton Orient with Palace having missed their second penalty. Leyton Orient had the opportunity to win the Kickz Cup but Palace Goalkeeper Lewis… saved with his legs and Palace scored to equalise.

The penalty shoot-out then went to sudden death with Palace and Leyton Orient scoring all three and the scores being tied at 5-5.Leyton Orient missed their kick and Palace defender Danny Williams, who had earlier missed in the shoot-out, slotted his penalty home to send the Palace players into ecstasy.

The team was managed by Bromley Kickz Officer, Kieran Connolly and Croydon Kickz Officer, Trevor Meader and was made of young people who attend Canterbury Road, Croydon Kickz.

Crystal Palace hail Kickz Cup 2012 triumph

The Stevie Wonder Experience

The Stevie Wonder Experience – Fairfield Halls – Friday 28th September 2012

Supporting the Ron & Jean Leigh Memorial Fund, CPFC Foundation

The UK’s leading Stevie Wonder tribute show is coming to Fairfield Halls, Croydon on Friday 28th September 2012. This outstanding show features a sensational 10-piece live band – replicating the line-up and sound of Stevie Wonder’s own live shows – with the incredible Zion Wilson (as featured on the BBC’s Last Choir Standing) performing all the greatest hits, including Sir Duke, I Wish, Superstition, and many more.

The show will be raising money for the Ron & Jean Leigh Memorial Fund – supporting Crystal Palace FC Foundation with fundraising events for its new community work programme for disadvantaged Children in the Penge area.

Ron and Jean Leigh’s grandson, Nick Leigh, is the show’s Musical Director, who is delighted to have an opportunity to continue the family’s work in raising money for the fund.

Tickets are £18 from the Fairfield Halls box office on 020 8688 9291 or £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the CPFC Foundation.

Schools programme

Unauthorised Absence Programme:

The programme is designed to help schools with the problem of unauthorised absence, the idea is to run a weekly sports club during the school hours exclusively open to children who have a high level of unauthorised absence.  The children are selected by the school based upon their current level of absence.

The incentive for the selected children is an extra physical activity session during their school week as well as the chance to be invited for a half time pitch presentation at Selhurst Park.

The pilot for the programme was open to 2 schools and the schools targeted were based on advice from the Bromley Education & Welfare team along with the CPFC foundation Bromley Development Officer.  The chosen schools were Leesons Primary & Royston Primary. The results shown are that of overall school unauthorised absence not just the days that the CPFC foundation were present.


The programme at Royston Primary engaged with 16 children the results for the before and after attendance records are below based on percentages:

% attendance
Number Before During Difference
1 86 100 -14
2 87 94.29 -7.29
3 89 94.29 -5.29
4 83 82.86 0.14
5 84 82.86 1.14
6 89 92.86 -3.86
7 88 91.43 -3.43
8 84 95.71 -11.71
9 90 92.86 -2.86
10 90 94.29 -4.29
11 75 100 -25
12 76 100 -24
13 88 91.43 -3.43
14 90 100 -10
15 88 91.43 -3.43
16 80 84.29 -4.29

As the chart shows 14 out of the 16 attending had an increase in attendance during the foundation coaching sessions.  The biggest improvement being a 25% increase in attendance in one child.  The group’s results are shown the graph below.

Quote from Royston Primary Head teacher Edlene Whitman:

The football project was a great way to enthuse the children about coming to school. We decided to have it before school to encourage them to be in on time, and for the majority it worked. We’d love to run this again in the future.”

Leesons Primary:

The programme at Leesons Primary engaged with 12 children the results for the before and after attendance records are below based on number of days of unauthorised absence:

Number Days before Days During
1 8 0
2 10 0
3 10 0
4 4 0
5 4 1
6 8 1
7 8 0
8 2 0
9 12 0
10 6 0
11 6 0
12 4 1
82 3

As the chart shows the number of days unauthorised absence has dropped from 82 days in the 4 months leading up to the programme to just 3 over the course of 3 months while the programme ran. Every child has improved their attendance as a result of this course.  The chart also shows a massive improvement of 96.34% for those 12 children as a whole.  The biggest improvement was with squad number 12 who went from 12 unauthorised absences to 0.

The overall group’s results can be seen in graph form below.

Quote from Leesons Primary family worker Daniel Cryer.

“The programme was a fantastic success, the rate of unauthorised absences dropped significantly and the coaching has paid off no end. It was lovely to see the children practising their skills in the playground at break time. Most of all the kids loved it and were asking me every Monday “is football on this week?”

I think the programme would be amazing in tackling other issues around attendance and punctuality throughout the school as I had lots of children asking if they could take part. We would welcome crystal palace back with open arms to work together some more”.

Lateness Programme:

The programme is designed to help schools with the problem of lateness, the idea is to run a weekly sports breakfast club exclusively open to children who have a high level of lateness.  The children are selected by the school based upon their current level of lateness.

The incentive for the selected children is an extra physical activity session during their school week as well as the chance to be invited for a half time pitch presentation at Selhurst Park.

The pilot for the programme was open to 2 schools and the schools targeted were based on advice from the Bromley Education & Welfare team along with the CPFC Foundation Bromley Development Officer.  The chosen schools were Grays Farm Primary & James Dixon Primary.  The results shown are that of overall school lateness not just the days that the CPFC foundation were present.

James Dixon Primary:

The programme at James Dixon Primary engaged with 8 children the results for the before and after lateness records are below based on number of days of lateness:

Number Lateness Before Lateness During
1 3 1
2 19 13
3 26 3
4 2 0
5 16 2
6 2 0
7 3 1
8 12 8
83 28

The chart shows that all the children involved improved there levels of lateness and as a group managed to improve by a total of 55 days of lateness or a 65.85% increase in the pupils getting to school on time as further highlighted on the line graph below.

Quote from James Dixon Primary teacher, Kate Reynolds:

“I have called it a multi skills programme and it has been a success for those who have attended as it has made the children realise how important it is to come to school on time, and they do not miss the start of the day so they feel more settled”.


Crystal Palace FC & Everyone Active Skills Challenge Winners

Crystal Palace FC in partnership with Everyone Active in Sutton continue to run our popular Skills Challenges as part of our weekly football clubs at the Sutton Arena, Phoenix and Cheam Leisure Centres.

The winners of our Dribble Demon challenge were Donnell Williams, Vivek Kanani and Owen Nero. These three lads completed our dribbling course in the quickest times for their age groups. By being the ‘Dribbling’ champions for their course, the children were invited as our guests and given 2 FREE tickets to the recent Crystal Palace FC match versus Ipswich Town FC on 14 April 2012 at Selhurst Park, a football trophy and the chance to do a lap of honour of the pitch in front of thousands of fans.

Michael Harrington, Football Development Officer for the Crystal Palace FC Foundation, said “We were very pleased to invite the Skill Challenge Winners to Selhurst Park Stadium for our npower Championship Match versus Ipswich FC on Saturday. The boys looked great showing off their trophies on the pitch at half time and they were clapped and cheered all the way around the pitch on their lap of honour. Who knows, one day one of these boys may be pulling on the famous Palace shirt and getting clapped off the pitch by 20,000 fans after scoring a hatrick for the Eagles!”

Michael Hindmarsh from Everyone Active also commented “It is a great opportunity for local children from the centres to get rewarded in this way by their local football team and leisure centre. Seeing the professionals in action will inspire the children and motivate their play on the courses”.

To book on to one of these fantastic courses please go to reception at the Sutton Arena, Phoenix or Cheam Leisure Centres and come and join in the fun!

Eagles Fitter Fans – Grace Selhurst

Eagles Fitter Fans were invited to grace the Selhurst turf in the 2012 end of season game, for many it was the chance to fulfil their boyhood dreams.

With 48 members requesting to play, this seasons game was split into a cup format with two semi final, third and forth play off and final with each game lasting 20 minutes. The players were spit into 4 teams with each team managed by a member of staff from the Foundation.

On the day of the game the car park staring to fill up a few hours before kick off with players eager to get out on the pitch, at 1:30pm the gates were opened for the family and friends to get settled and the teams were revealed.

Semi Finals
Fitter Fans Athletic were drawn to meet The Rojovers in the first semi final. With the game starting at a fast pace slowing slightly towards the end, Rojovers ran out winners with a 2-1 victory. With goals from John Morgan (pen) and Stephen Way.
In the second semi final The Uninvincibles met The Eagles, goals from James Krikler, and David Smith saw The Eagles run out comfortable 2-0 winners.

3rd -4th Play Off
In the 3rd & 4th place play off game between, The Uninvincibles and Rojovers both teams fought hard to avoid the wooden spoon and with some good football played, a Selhurt hat-rick from Johnny Rodriguez saw Rojovers eventually run out 3-1 winners with Aiden Devaney replying for the Uninvincibles

The Final
With the tension building as the players took the field for the final between Fitter Fans Athletic and The Eagles. The game started with a cautious approach from both sides, however it was The Eagles who settled quicker and snatched the first goal after some good link up play and finish from James Krikler. With Fitter Fans Athletic pressing for an equaliser there were gaps appearing at the back, The Eagles made Fitter Fans Athletic pay for this by scoring what turned out to be a very dubious penalty, after Eagles Fitter Fans project officer Rob Perrett bought down (Tackled Cleanly) The Eagles Fans Athletic manager Peter Lau. Jim O’Mara stepped up to coolly convert the penalty to secure the victory.

Eagles Fitter Fans Officer Rob Perrett
The games were all played in fantastic spirit and thoroughly enjoyed by all as mentioned by one of our players, Just want to say a big thank you for your efforts today. Just a brilliant afternoon!

For further information about Eagle Fitter Fans contact Rob Perrett on
020 8768 6047 or e-mail

Selhurst Ball Court Strikes Again

From Ball Court to Professional Forms

16-year-old Reise Allassani has put pen to paper on a two and half year professional contract, which will come into effect on his 17th birthday. The contract is the biggest ever made to a CPFC Academy graduate and reflects how the club feel about Reise and his future at Palace.

With a host of Premier League clubs chasing the England schoolboy international and Academy Manager Gary Issott believes the Bromley born player has made the right choice to stay with Crystal Palace.

Reece potential was spotted at the age of 8 by the Foundations Croydon Development Officer Clarry Birch when he attend the Selhurt Ball Court holiday sessions and immediately recommended him to the Palace academy. After signing for the academy he continued to attend sessions on a regular basis during his holiday periods when he was not on academy duties refining his skills in competitive small-sided games.

Reise was signed by the academy at the age of eight and has been developed over the last nine years. He has represented England at under 16 and Ireland at under 15 level.

Another ex Selhurst Park ball court player to look out for is
Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong

Clarry Birch:
Reise stood out not only for his football ability but his enthusiasm, dedication and desire to learn when playing as well as his unique hairstyle. Its great to see a young player progress from the ball court, to signing his first professional contract.

Reise Allassani
It seems a long time ago that, I was attending the sessions on the Selhurst ball court, I thoroughly enjoyed the competitive edge to the games we played and the coaching and advice given by Clarry.

Raw Skills FC Charter Standard Awards

20th March 2012

Crystal Palace treated Raw Skills FC, from Oxted, to an on-pitch outing during their clash against Barnsley to reward the club for achieving Charter Standard status – an incredible achievement given the team was only founded seven years ago.

Forward Sean Scannell’s strike deep into injury time sparked jubilant scenes on the pitch – where only 45 minutes earlier representatives from Raw Skills were presented with their Charter Standard plaque.

The outing also marked the beginning of a new era at the helm of the club, with outgoing chairman Tim Peet also using the opportunity to hand over the reins to Tim Connolly. Both men were joined on the pitch by 16 players from their Under-14 and Under-12 age groups to be presented with their Charter Standard award by representatives from the Surrey County FA Charter Standard working group.

“I feel very proud that the hard work put in by our committee, managers, coaches and children, supported by their parents and carers, has enabled us to achieve this important benchmark and FA recognition,” said Tim

Raw Skills FC have thrived since their inception and now have over 200 players registered, ranging from 8 to 16 years, making it one of the largest junior football clubs in the area. Together with the Soccer School they provide football for over 300 girls and boys from all backgrounds and are proud that soon this will include a disabled team based at a local school.

Whyteleafe FC awarded Charter Standard

2nd December 2011

Representatives from Whyteleafe FC were left star-struck after they were awarded their Charter Standard plaque on the pitch at Selhurst Park, home to Championship giants Crystal Palace.
The Eagles were taking on Derby County, with the entertaining match finishing 1-1 all after Paddy McCarthy’s own-goal cancelled out Chris Martin’s sweet 25-yard strike in the first half.

Chris Field, Under-14s manager, and Under-8s manager Mark Pacey took to the field after the first 45 minutes along with players from their teams to be presented with their Charter Standard plaque.
The club have 12 teams in their ranks and play in the Epsom & Ewell and Tandridge League.

After the match, Chris said: “The boys absolutely loved the experience and the game itself – a big thanks to the Surrey County FA and Crystal Palace for organizing the evening.”

Hamsey Rangers achieving Charter Standard status

29th October 2011

Hamsey Rangers were rewarded for all their hard work in achieving Charter Standard status by receiving their award at Selhurst Park, home of Championship high-flyers Crystal Palace.

The presentation was made on the famous pitch during half-time of the Eagles’ match with Reading, and despite the game finishing 0-0, it was a thoroughly entertaining affair, with Palace ‘keeper Julian Speroni performing heroics in the home team’s goal.

Hamsey Rangers, formed in 1994, are a large club based in Warlingham and currently have 16 teams, ranging from girls, mini-soccer, youth and adult teams.

The Boys Under-14s side along with Michael Leach and Audrey Barret were presented with their Charter Standard award by Les Edwards and Paul Mady of the Surrey County FA Charter Standard Working Group.