Archives for August 2012

Prostate Cancer UK 2012 – 2013 Season

Crystal Palace FC has pledged to help make 2012/13 a season saving men’s lives in support of The Football League’s new partnership with Prostate Cancer UK.

Players, staff and fans of the 72 Football League clubs will undertake a range of activities to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life, and Crystal Palace F.C. has vowed to play its part.

Chief Executive Phil Alexander “We are proud to be playing our part in The Football League’s new partnership with Prostate Cancer UK, and we look forward to working closely with both organisations to make the year ahead a season saving men’s lives.

“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, killing more than 10,000 in the UK every year. It’s so important that all men know about the disease, which is why are delighted to play our part in getting the message out there as far and wide as possible – throughout the football community and beyond.”

Former England, Watford and AC Milan striker Luther Blissett launched the partnership today alongside David Annand, a Prostate Cancer UK supporter who has pledged to walk 500 miles around football grounds over 12 months after being diagnosed with prostate cancer last year aged just 49.

Luther Blissett said: “Prostate Cancer UK’s groundbreaking partnership with The Football League is a fantastic way to raise awareness of the most common cancer in men. It’s brilliant that all 72 Football League clubs including Crystal Palace are joining forces to spread the word about prostate cancer this season and help raise funds for the range of support services Prostate Cancer UK has to offer men affected by the disease.”

Owen Sharp, Chief Executive at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer, but still all too few men talk about their health as much as they should. Prostate Cancer UK’s partnership with The Football League will play an invaluable role in breaking down some of the taboos that still exist, which is vital in encouraging men to be more open and to think and talk about prostate cancer.

“We hope that everyone who comes through the turnstiles this season at Crystal Palace FC will get behind the partnership to raise as much as possible and make an even bigger difference to the 250,000 men affected by the disease throughout the UK.”

Greg Clarke Chairman of The Football League said: “Prostate Cancer affects hundreds of thousands of people across the UK every single day and I’m proud that all 72 Football League clubs will unite behind a season saving men’s lives. I would encourage fans up and down the country to get involved with fundraising at their local League club to help fight this disease.

“With the help of The Football League and supporters, we can make more men, and their families, aware of their health and help raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK’s vital support services. By working with The Football League, our clubs and their local communities this partnership will play its part in helping Prostate Cancer UK make a difference to the lives of thousands of men across the country.”

Prostate Cancer UK is hoping to raise funds through a range of activity throughout the season, including dedicated weeks of support from 2nd to 16th March to coincide with Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

More than 65,000 Football League fans, club Chief Executives and Football League staff took part in the vote to choose Prostate Cancer UK as their charity partner for this season from a shortlist of six charities.

Opening Season Community Day

The Foundation played a major role in the successful Crystal Palace FC Community Day at the Eagles first home game of the 2012/13 season against Watford on Saturday 18th August.

Foundation staff ran a range of soccer skills and activities that included skill sessions, fastest shot, demon dribbler, pass master and target ball to promote the fully inclusive programme that the Foundation run through out the London boroughs of Bromley, Croydon and Sutton.

Supporters were also given the opportunity to win a framed signed Palace shirt and framed gloves from Julian Speroni in the Foundations raffle with Palace fans Lee Goodall and Matthew Cochrane winning the prizes.

One of the highlights of the day for supporters attending was the opportunity to meet Palace players Pat McCarthy, Jon Williams, Alex Wynter, Andy Doorman and Bayan Fenwick in a autograph signing session.

The Foundations charity of the year Deafness Research launched its Big Bike Challenge with 29 supporters registering interest in taking part in the challenge. (For further information on the Big Bike Challenge visit the Foundations home page)

Colin Morris – Crystal Palace FC Foundation Chief Executive
“Not only was the event a great success but also a fantastic opportunity to show case the activities and work that we do within the local communities”

 
Speroni Gloves raffle winners at the community day

The Eagles Big Bike Challenge

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Foundation South Africa Breaking Barriers

Crystal Palace Foundation are proud to be involved in a new partnership with the Active Communities Network and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation which is focused on providing training, accreditation and employment pathways for young people from disadvantaged communities in Cape Town and the Western Cape. We’ve seen how these projects can help personal growth and development of young people in London, such as the Breaking Barriers Programme that the foundation manages in Bromley, so it’s great to be able to replicate this for South Africa.

Kagisho Dikgacoi who recently joined Palace from Fulham said “As someone who was born in South Africa, It is fantastic to see Crystal Palace, my new club, embracing the Rio Ferdinand’s Foundation’s Breaking Barriers programme in Cape Town and it also makes me tremendously proud to see young leaders from my home country developing projects that use sport to change lives”. The foundation recently hosted a training programme for 10 youth leaders on the programme which looked at how sport can be used to help tackle youth crime.

Thank you CPFC Foundation Kickz Cup tournament

Dear Gary

As part of your role with the Crystal Palace FC Foundation I just want to go on the record to recognise their team’s work.

Firstly can you pass on our thanks, from the Kickz central team, regarding their support of this weekend’s Kickz Cup tournament which was held on Sunday at Croydon Powerleague. The tournament was delivered as part of the national Kickz programme and was a showcase event as part of our national delivery plan. The tournament was supported by Crystal Palace staff and volunteers and their contributions ensured that the event was a success.

On another note, I spent some time with Kieran Connally last week who was completing his PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Sector) qualification, may I just go on the record that it was a pleasure to be in his company and that it was obvious that he was dedicated to supporting young people in his community and he came across as a valuable member of the Palace team and one I’d advise in investing in his future potential at the club.

If you could share these thanks with the board and the club it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Daniel Rose
Kickz Programme Manager

Football tournament seeks to heal West Croydon wounds

Crystal Palace Foundation were proud to support Wednesday’s Heal the Street event, The idea for Healing The Streets came from members of the new London Road Business Association, which was set up following the riots last year. Valentine Atsu, Charles Osei, Nick Owusu and Julie Agbowu wanted to organise activities and an event which would help bring people together and create a better, more optimistic environment among the people of West Croydon. Heal the Street brought together 16 teams made up Croydon Volunteer action local businesses, residents, charities, Council and the brilliantly named Park Hill Squids.

David Groves, Chair of Trustees at Crystal Palace Foundation, said “This is a great event for Crystal Palace Foundation to get involved in and just the sort of thing which we hope to be doing more of. We welcome the opportunity to help strengthen the community in West Croydon.”

The tournament itself was organisers by Trevor and supported by Michael, Ryan and Kieran as well as foundation volunteers who refereed on the day. Also there was Jon Rouse, Croydon’s Chief Executive’ playing on the Croydon Team A who narrowly missed out on a place in the semi finals A team of neighbourhood wardens finally won out, 4.2 , against a determined team of young people from Croydon Evangelical Ministries but graciously donated their prize of match day tickets to a Palace home game to the runners up.

Special thanks on the day go out to the following Crystal Palace Foundation volunteers who gave up their own time to help make this such wonderful day. Very much appreciated all round

Davontae
George
Jamie
Clint
Samuel
Anthony
Damola
Issac
Tunde

*All photographs by Cathy Aitchison

  

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Healing The Streets – London Road, a five-a-side football tournament, will take place on Canterbury Road Recreation Ground, near Broad Green Library, tomorrow, August 8, from 2.45pm, with 16 teams from local businesses, residents and public organisations to play.

But this is a case where the game is not the thing.

The idea for Healing The Streets came from members of the new London Road Business Association, which was set up following the riots last year. Valentine Atsu, Charles Osei, Nick Owusu and Julie Agbowu wanted to organise activities and an event which would help bring people together and create a better, more optimistic environment among the people of West Croydon.

“We didn’t want to dwell on the date in a negative way,” said Val Atsu, of Joseph Media. “You can’t ignore the fact that it’s the anniversary of the riots, but we felt that it’s important to do something positive to bring people together. Playing football is a great way of doing that.”

The tournament is supported by Crystal Palace Foundation, who will be officiating the event. The referees for the tournament are local volunteers who have recently completed a programme of training with Crystal Palace. David Groves, Chair of Trustees at Crystal Palace Foundation, said “This is a great event for Crystal Palace Foundation to get involved in and just the sort of thing which we hope to be doing more of. We welcome the opportunity to help strengthen the community in West Croydon.”

The event is also being supported by the West Croydon Community Forum and by Croydon Council’s recovery fund.

The winners will be invited to a special presentation at a Crystal Palace home game at Selhurst Park during the coming season.

Spectators are welcome at the tournament free of charge – just turn up, or contact Val Atsu, val@josephmedia.com / tel: 020 8253 1264, to find out more.

For more information about the London Road Business Association and how to join, contact Ganapathy ganpaa@gmail.com or Julie Agbowu allinclusive@live.co.uk. For more information about the West Croydon Community Forum, contact Bhupendra Solanki at Croydon Voluntary Action bhupendra.solanki@cvalive.org.uk.

Eagles Olympic Gold

Emily Ashwood Wins Eagles Olympic Gold

The first Crystal Palace FC Foundation Football Olympics Day of the summer took place in Beddington Park , Sutton. Boys and girls battled both the heat and each other to see who would be crowned the First Eagles Olympic Champion of 2012.

This great fun day saw such events as football javelin, long jump, hurdling, sprinting and relays. Points were awarded for each event with Emily Ashwood emerging as our highly deserved winner.

Foundations Sutton Development Officer Michael Harrington:
“Emily was a worthy winner, Competition to win the coveted gold medal was intense, I must congratulate everyone for their fantastic efforts.”

Become a Eagles Olympic Winner

Your next chance to become a Eagles Olympic Champion will be on Wednesday 8th August 2012. Running from 10.00am to 3.00pm at the Sutton Life Centre, 24 Alcorn Road, Sutton, SM3 9PX.

These great days are open to children aged 5 to 12 and cost £13.00 per child. The children will require a packed lunch, plenty of fluids for the day and suitable sports clothing for the weather conditions.

Our other Football Olympic Days are as follows:

Wednesday 15th August 2012
Sutton Arena Leisure Centre, Middleton Road, Sutton, SM5 1SL

Thursday 23rd August 2012
Goals Soccer Centre, Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, BR3 1NZ

To book a place and give your-self a chance of being the next Eagles Olympic Champion please email admin@palaceforlife.org