Archives for October 2012

Mascot Race For Prostate Cancer UK

Yorkie the Lion is bellowing with pride after clinching the coveted first place in the Football League Mascot Race earlier today (Friday, 26 October) in support of Prostate Cancer UK.

The York City FC mascot triumphed at the half furlong (approx. 100m) dash held at Doncaster race course, which saw 26 mascots from 23 clubs across England take on the race. The challenge was part of Prostate Cancer UK’s partnership with The Football League to raise awareness of prostate cancer – the most common cancer in men in the UK.

The competition was fearsome. Chasing Yorkie, in second place was Billy Brewer from Burton Albion FC, and Chaddy Owl from Oldham Athletic AFC secured third place. The trio were presented with medals by Sukhi Dale, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Prostate Cancer UK. Palace’s own Pete the Eagle came in 15th out of 26.

Sukhi said: “We would like to thank all the mascots who took part in today’s race. Each and every one made a sterling effort to cross the line first and help raise awareness of a disease affecting 250,000 men in the UK, in one of the charity’s more unconventional events this year.

“It’s not every day you see dozens of dogs, rams and monkeys bounding along a race course, but everyone entered the dash in exactly the right spirit. A special well done has to go to Yorkie the Lion, though, who now has the prestigious mantle of being this year’s Mascot Race winner.”

John Nagle, Head of Communications at The Football League, said: “Many congratulations to Yorkie the Lion for taking the Mascot Race title, and well done to all the mascots that came along to support our partnership with Prostate Cancer UK.

“It was a fantastic occasion and will hopefully help to raise awareness of prostate cancer amongst football and racing fans alike.”

The Mascot Race marks the beginning of a weekend of racing during which The Racing Post – which is also partnered with the charity – will dedicate The Prostate Cancer UK Charity Race in support of the charity on Saturday, and hold a 5k ‘Do it for Dad’ fun run on Sunday.

Prostate Cancer UK’s partnership with The Football League will run throughout the 2012/13 season, with the aim of raising funds for and awareness of the disease amongst the football community and the wider public.

CPFC celebrates One Game, One Community weeks of action

CPFC have dedicated this weekend’s match against Millwall to Kick It Out’s annual One Game, One Community weeks of action.

This season’s initiative, which runs from 18-29 October 2012, sees football clubs everywhere embrace the inclusive and multi-cultural nature of the English game by holding events involving supporters and players alike.

This weekend provides a platform for fans, players and staff to show their commitment to equality and inclusion in football by wearing One Game, One Community t-shirts, donning campaign badges and stickers, and leading community-based activities.

Over the coming weeks, there are a range of exciting free events being held for football fans to participate in such as the Kick It Out Cup, a tournament launched in conjunction with Powerleague, which scours the country for the best 5-a-side team in the land.

Other highlights include a panel debate on the rise of social media in football taking place in London, and an education event on anti-Semitism in football, held in Manchester.

For a full list of events and further information on the weeks of action and how you can get involved, please visit or contact the campaign directly via

Football Aid 2013 – Play at Selhurst Park!

Crystal Palace FC have once again shown magnificent support and joined forces with Football Aid, allowing football fans the opportunity to grace the hallowed turf and play on their Field of Dreams at Selhurst Park in 2013, while at the same time raising funds for charity.

Our magical event allows Crystal Palace supporters to ‘Live the Dream’ in an authentic match day experience. Players will gain exclusive access to the pitch and tunnel areas, pull on their own personalised shirt in the official changing rooms, walk down the tunnel to the sound of a cheering crowd and ultimately to step out on the hallowed turf and represent their club in a never to be forgotten 90 minutes of football.

The matches have also been supported by a host of Eagles legends, with the likes of Kit Symons, Jim Cannon, Dougie Freedman and many more all lending their valuable support in recent years, by playing alongside or managing the supporters in the hugely enjoyable matches at Selhurst Park.

Securing your position couldn’t be easier, just visit and choose your club, then you’ll have two ways to secure your Fixed Price position: Option 1: ‘Buy Now’ – Our quickest and most popular option, or Option 2: ‘Sponsored to Play’ – Pay a non-refundable £100 deposit to secure your position and then simply pay off the remaining balance anytime before 25th January 2013.

So if you’re keen to secure your place on your Field of Dreams this season, why not visit today to make sure you’re part of the team! Alternatively if you’d like any additional information, you can call Football Aid on 0131 220 5999 or email

Football Aid celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2010 and have allowed over 13,090 football fans the chance to “Live the Dream” in more than 501 matches. They are a groundbreaking organisation which generates funds annually by hosting charity football matches at iconic stadiums all over the UK. The unique concept was the brainchild of businessman and Football Aid Chairman Craig Paterson and funds raised from the event will benefit the work of a charitable project nominated by the club, as well as projects nominated by Football Aid’s parent charity Field of Dreams.

One Club, One Community

We are passionate about making a difference, particularly in our more hard-pressed and economically deprived neighborhoods.

Although small in size, the positive impact of our recent projects, initiatives and schemes have engineered dramatic change in the boroughs we work in and cemented us as a comprehensive Foundation with big plans for the future. We have a strong record of engaging young people who are growing up in challenging circumstances and need a guiding influence to help facilitate their development.

We want to inspire people through the brand of CPFC and use that iconic badge as a symbol for change. Some of our current best youth workers originally started off as project participants and volunteers and have now progressed full circle to help enrich the lives of people similar to them.

If you are an organisation or charity who has similar aims to us we would like to work together as the drivers of social change. Please get in touch:

Or visit any of our social media outlets for a better insight in to the work we do.

@CPFC_Foundation – tweet us using #OneClubOneCommunity

Donald Forde, Head of Foundation:

Gianni Buttice, Communications:

Futsal & Education Scholarship Squad Profiles


Name: Martell Truman
Age: 16
Born: Lewisham
Position: Centre attacking Midfielder

Name: Matthew Francis
Age: 18
Born: Streatham
Position: Defender

Name: Matt Albright
Age: 17
Born: Sunburry on Thames
Position: Forward


Name: Liam Smith
Age: 17
Born: Liam Smith
Position: Striker

Name: James William Callnon
Age: 17
Born: Brentford
Position: Goalkeeper

Name: Jack Naraine
Age: 17
Born: Hammersmith
Position: Midfielder


Name: Jack Burchell
Age: 16
Born: Redhill
Position: Forward

Name: Ibrahim Ayinde

Name: Ahmad Husin
Age: 16
Born: Carshalton
Position: Right Wing


Name: Charlie Gee
Age: 18
Born: Croydon
Position: Striker

Name: Emanual Adomako
Age: 17
Born: Austria
Position: Goalkeeper

Name: Bradley O’Connor
Age: 16
Born: Redhill
Position: Midfielder


Name: Jamal Biddulph
Age: 16
Born: South London
Position: Midfielder

Name: Alexis Saranda
Age: 16
Born: Croydon
Position: Midfielder

Name: Aleka Ngbanzo
Age: 18
Born: Tooting
Position: Left Wing


Name: Shavar Stewart
Age: 16
Born: Jamaica
Position: Midfielder

New CPFC Foundation educational programme at Grovelands Pupil Referal Unit

CPFC Foundation Bromley Kickz are working in partnership with the Grovelands Pupil Referral Unit to deliver a programme where the young people will be learning life skills whilst at the same time enhancing their footballing ability. The project is being delivered over six weeks and will deliver workshops around Olympic Values, Respect, Honesty, Goal Setting, Confidence and Behavioural Skills. The plan is to roll out this programme to other pupil referral units who feel that having Crystal Palace actively involved in their school will help to inspire their pupils and support their development.

Headmaster Simon Dunford says “We have just started working with Kieran from Kickz and we are greatly looking forward to working in more detail with him in the development of a structured football based programme of sessions to enhance the health, social, emotional and behavioural development of the children that attend the Grovelands Centre over the next Academic Year.”

For more information contact

George Henry takes new foundation programme to new heights

Under the guidance of Croydon lead, Trevor Meader, George Henry is now leading the development of the new Brit School youth engagement programme. George originally started off as a participant with Kickz to then become a volunteer and then a paid member of the Foundation. His leadership skills, commitment and ability to inspire young people meant that he was quickly identified as being able to take on the role. The Brit school project has been running since August and regularly attracts as many as 50 young people per session.

George said “The buzz around the area is great and we are getting loads more new young people.”

Donald Forde, Interim Partnerships Manager, says “this programme was only meant to run for 6 weeks but its success means we are busy trying find ways to keep it going.”

Crystal Palace Foundation releases ‘Kickz’ Annual Report

Supported by the Premier League Charitable Fund and developed in partnership with the Met Police, Kickz is our flagship youth programme and engages young people aged 11-18 in 6 priority neighbourhoods in Bromley, Sutton and Croydon. CPFC Foundation Kickz has traditionally been one of the best schemes of its kind in the country and the review shows that it is getting even stronger. Highlights include 1127 young people engaged across Bromley, Sutton and Croydon, 127 young people volunteering, 55 people receiving training qualifications and 16 becoming paid sessional staff within the foundation.

Donald Forde, Interim Partnership manager said “I’m really proud about the level of commitment, professionalism that lead officers and coaches on the ground have put into making Kickz the success it is. We’ve set ourselves even more ambitious targets for next year and will need work even harder and smarter about we can achieve these.”

Click here for a link to the report.

Crystal Palace Foundation launches ‘Ladies Night’ in Sutton

Building on the inspirational achievements of women like Nicola Adams at the Olympics, CPFC Foundation is launching its first female only programme on Thursday 4th of October at the Sutton Life Centre to engage girls and young women. ‘Ladies night’ will include:

  • Use of the library and computers for homework: 3.15pm – 4.15pm, age 11-18 years
  • Box Fit Class: 4.15pm – 5.15pm, age 11-16 years, Street zone
  • Football Fitness: 5.30pm – 6.30pm, age 16+years, sports pitch
  • Dance sessions run by United in Dance, dates to be confirmed

Sutton lead, Danielle Towner said, “this is great initiative and is part of the Foundation’s work to get more girls and young women involved in sport and physical activity as well as support their wider personal development.”

For more information contact Danielle Towner, Community Programme Co-ordinator (Sutton), Crystal Palace FC Foundation on or just turn up!

CPFC Foundation launches ‘Get involved’

CPFC Foundation has been successful in securing funding for 6 projects which will provide mums, dads and carers with coaching and practical skills to support their children’s physical development. Courtesy of Proactive South and the Mayor’s ‘Give it a Go’ programme,the projects will start running from the end of October in the Mountfield and Parkfield area in Bromley, Milne Park in Croydon, The Life Centre and Benhill estate in Sutton and New Addington in Croydon. Donald Forde, Interim Partnership Manager says ” ‘Get involved’ will build on the already excellent youth programmes which we run in these neighbourhoods and I’m really excited about the interest the project is generating locally and who knows where it could lead.”

For more information contact [Sutton], [Penge and Anerley], [Croydon], [Bromley].