Archives for September 2012

Prostate Cancer UK – Road To Wembley

Former England striker Les Ferdinand today (25 September) urged Palace supporters to show their support for their team raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK this season.

Ex-Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace striker, Mark Bright, is also calling on fans to get behind the initiative. The Road to Wembley gives supporters the chance of winning a pair of VIP tickets to the play-off finals in May whilst raising funds to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. The VIP experience will include a pre-game, behind-the-scenes tour of Wembley stadium. There are 15 pairs of tickets up for grabs for the npower Football League Championship, npower Football League 1 and npower Football League 2 Play-Offs.

To enter the competition all fans need to do is send a text message with the name of their club. The competition is part of the charity’s partnership with The Football League for the 2012/2013 season.

Les Ferdinand made his debut for QPR in The Football League in 1987 before playing for Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers. He also won the League Cup with Tottenham Hotspur in 1999. Les, who lost his grandfather to prostate cancer, is an ambassador of Prostate Cancer UK and its partnership with The Football League. He is committed to raising awareness of the disease, which African-Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop than white men of the same age. Les was also a staunch supporter of Prostate Cancer UK’s campaign to get breakthrough drug abiraterone widely approved on the NHS.

Les Ferdinand, who now coaches at Spurs, said: “Having lost my granddad to this disease, I am keen to add my voice to the movement fighting it. Men are getting more health conscious, but there is still plenty of room for more awareness about prostate cancer, which kills a staggering one man every hour.

“I would urge every Palace fan across the country to enter the competition to show their support for their team, for a chance of winning a VIP experience and to help raise funds to fight the most common cancer in men. The more people who back their team, the more money will be raised to help Prostate Cancer UK support men with the disease, provide vital information and find answers by funding research into causes and treatments.”

Football pundit, Mark Bright, added: “This is a really quick and easy way to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK whilst getting behind your team. At this time in the season there’s everything to play for, and with 1 in 9 men being diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, ‘The Road to Wembley’ is one way fans can make a real difference.”

Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Over 40,000 men, like Les’ granddad, are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. It’s the most common cancer in men and is estimated to be the most common cancer overall by 2030. There is an urgent need for Prostate Cancer UK to continue growing its support services to help men affected by the disease. The Road to Wembley competition is a simple way Palace fans can raise vital funds to ensure we can do just that.”

To take part in ‘The Road to Wembley’ simply text ‘FL followed by the name of your favourite Football League team’ to 82772. The cost of entry is £3 plus standard network charges. At least half of the £3 fee will be donated to Prostate Cancer UK. Participants can only win if their team is one of the six Football League Clubs reaching the Football League Play Off Finals at Wembley stadium (i.e. 2 clubs from npower Championship, 2 from npower Division 1, 2 from npower Division 2).

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CPFC Foundation say a big thank you to ‘Healing the Streets’

At a wonderful day that saw Palace triumph against Cardiff City, Trustees of Crystal Palace FC Foundation said a big thank to all those involved in the Healing the Streets football tournament. Helped along by Crystal Palace FC Foundation staff and volunteers, and one year on from the Croydon Riots, local community organisation ‘Healing the Streets’ pulled together a massive football tournament involving the whole community including businesses, residents, community organisations and even a squad featuring Jon Rouse, Chief Executive of Croydon Council.

David Groves ‘Chair of the Foundation said’ “it’s fantastic to be able to say thanks for all the hard work going on to make Croydon a stronger and better place.”

Pictured above is Steve O’Connell, London Assembly member, handing over the trophy to the winning team from Croydon’s neighbourhood wardens service, along with Val and members of ‘Healing the Streets’, Councillor Vidhi Mohan Cabinet Member for Communities and Economic Development, Steve Phaure, Chief Executive of Croydon Voluntary Action and of course staff from the Crystal Palace FC Foundation, whose young volunteers refereed the tournament.

The Fitter Fans Golf Day

The sun shone as Eagles Fitter Fans Michael Douglas and playing partner George Jarvis who took on Palace Legend John Salako and Paul Filler in a 4 ball at Addington Golf Club.

The opportunity to play the Palace Legend came when Michael won the prize at a auction held by the Foundation at a Eagles Fitter Fans celebration evening.

Salako took his silky skills from the pitch on to the golf course with partner John eventually winning the game by 5 holes with Douglas and Jarvis putting up a good fight by winning the back 9 hole.

Fitter Fan George Jarvis
“It truly was a great Day, John and Paul were superb hosts. John showed that his skills as a footballer were transferred into golfing skills- he really did impress. The Addington golf club was a superb venue made even more impressive with superb weather. It was a day I shall remember and hope to do it again in the future.”

Selhurst Ward Summer programme is a big success!

Crystal Palace FC Foundation has been working in partnership with Croydon Community First: Neighbourhood Matched Fund to run a 5 week football programme within the Selhurst Ward throughout the summer holiday for local youngsters.

With almost 500 recorded attendances the programme offered a free structured football coaching programme to children and young people aged 5 to 19 years. The sessions which took place at Selhurst astro turf, Dagnall Park, offered young people 2 training sessions on Monday and Tuesday evenings followed by a tournament night on Friday’s.

As a reward for all of their hard work in training, the Selhurst Ward players were offered the opportunity to test their skills in a match situation by playing at the Crystal Palace FC academy dome at the CPNSC against other Foundation programme teams such as Croydon Kickz, Bromley Kickz and Breaking Barriers. Two participants from the Selhurst Ward programme were also invited to join a visit to Thorpe Park on a day trip with other youth’s from the CPFC Foundation’s Social Inclusion programmes.

The sessions were lead by Foundation Community coach George Henry, a young person from Croydon Kickz who became an FA qualified coach and has subsequently built up a great reputation with participants at coaching sessions. George said “This is a great programme as we have got these youngsters in to positive activities. They are taking it seriously and the buzz around the area is great as we are getting loads more new young people each session and with a regular attendance of 35 young people per session it’s fantastic for a community programme”

The provision of exit routes is a very important part of community work and through the Selhurst Ward sessions 3 young people will be taking their places on the Futsal and Education Scholarship Programme which will run thoughout the next two academic years with Crystal Palace FC Foundation. Two young people also become volunteers at the sessions and now have the opportunity of attending a 1st4sport FA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football Course in October with the aim of becoming a paid member of staff for the Foundation in the near future.

Sherif a young person from the programme said “This programme is great, it offers many different things such as people that just want to play, people that are looking to get a qualification or become volunteers and people that want to attend sessions and play football . George has shown me how to be a better person within myself and has pushed his knowledge to everyone else that’s why we are getting loads of people turning out each week”

The young children from the area also had a great time at the daytime sessions and members of the local community welcomed the opportunity to receive free football coaching under the expertise of the CPFC Foundation staff.

Mrs Elliot said “My Son Rex enjoyed playing on the astro turf surface” and Carlos Anthony added “ I enjoyed playing on a better surface and also playing with people older than me”.

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