Archives for April 2013

Foundation Gets Grant From Brighton Fans

The CPFC Foundation has been given thousands of pounds by a charity run by Brighton supporters.

The Robert Eaton Memorial Fund (REMF) – which was set up after Albion fan Robert Eaton died during the 9/11 terror attacks in New York – has given £3,750 to the foundation, in recognition of the help it has received from Crystal Palace followers.

With the help of Eagles supporters, REMF has raised more than £125,000 for junior football clubs and other good causes. Each year a challenge match takes place between fans of Palace and Brighton to help boost the charity’s coffers.

Last week, the Albion Supporters XI beat their Palace counterparts 1-0 at Lewes FC’s Dripping Pan ground, with the night raising more than £4,000 for the fund.

Friday’s game saw the largest ever contingent travel down from South London, including two former professionals, Palace match day mascot Pete the Eagle, the Crystal Girls and the team from Holmesdale Radio, who broadcast live from the fundraiser.

And as a thank you for the continued support of Crystal Palace supporters, the REMF committee decided to hand over almost £4,000 to the CPFC Foundation.

Tony Langridge, REMF chairman, said: “We cannot thank Crystal Palace and their supporters enough for the help and support they have given us over the years – but hopefully this will go some way to showing how much we appreciate it.

“The REMF would not be possible without them and all those who have helped and donated to the REMF are a credit to Crystal Palace.”

For more information on the Robert Eaton Memorial Fund, click here.

CPFC Foundation launches partnership with Bromley Town Team

Crystal Palace Football Club Foundation and Bromley’s Town Team officially launched their new partnership at an event held at the Crystal Palace vs. Barnsley match on Saturday 6 April. The Town Team headed by Tonina Hoang, a local McDonald’s Franchisee consists of a group of local business people, councillors, Bromley Council, residents, Civic Society and Bromley’s Chaplaincy and is supported by Bromley Police and Fire Brigade who have come together to promote economic regeneration Bromley and club’s Foundation have pledged their support to aiding the group’s efforts.

At the match, fans were given ‘This is Bromley’ cotton bags filled with discount vouchers, and Bromley branded calculators and leaflets to help promote the town centre. CPFC players signed the bags for supporter. This was paid for by some of the Portas Pilot money awarded to the Town Team in June last year. Businesses in Bromley North Village sponsored prizes for the Face in the Crowd competition which included a child’s guitar, a Cannon printer and a signed, framed CPFC T-shirt.

The event also celebrated the achievement of some young Bromley people who successfully completed the Fire Brigade’s fantastic LiFE Course.

Councillor Peter Morgan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Renewal said: “The Town Team was established to bring the people of Bromley together and promote the town. This relationship we have now officially announced is crucial to achieving this goal and we are grateful for all the support CPFC have provided. It was good for the team to witness the value that the Foundation adds to the community and the synergy between the Foundation and the Town Team. This is a great start to the relationship.”

Palace is key part of the local Bromley community and many of the players and fans live in the area. The new partnership focuses on how the club can support all the work being carried out to make Bromley an even better place than it already is.

David Groves Chair of Trustees, CPFC Foundation said: “As a local resident and a passionate Crystal Palace FC supporter I am so proud to see us reconnecting meaningfully with the local community. I’m really excited about the direction our partnership is headed.”

A priority for the new partnership is how they can support local young people. Crystal Palace will be bringing a road show to Bromley town centre in the summer to encourage young people into sport. Also, one of the first programmes that has been agreed is that McDonald’s in Bromley will sponsor a FA level 1 coaching course for the Foundation.

Contact Tonina Hoang, Chair of Town Team: 07957 613 827 or Donald Forde, Head of CPFC Foundation: 07736 926 615

CPFC Family Day Saturday 6th April 2013

Biggest Crowd of the season entertained at Family Fun day by the CPFC Foundation Staff and Volunteers


A crowd of over 21,000 people attended the Barnsley game on Saturday 6th April and were entertained by the Clubs Family Fun day The fun started at 12..00pm and fans were encouraged to arrive early and take part in the atmosphere which included activities such as :-

Face Painters
Eagle Heights
– Kayla along with a Harris Hawk, Barn Owl and Falcon
Reptile Events
– A collection of snakes and Lizards for public to hold
Steel Band
– James Dixon Primary School Steel Band
Taxi Photo booth

The CPFC Foundation had a heavy presence with various interactive skills sessions available for children and adults to get involved. They included the very popular fastest shot inflatable, a passing game where you score points for hitting the target board, a target goal and dance workshops throughout the 2 hour Fun day.

Every child that took part also received a goody bag containing a Foundation pen, key ring, flyers and leaflets about all the new activities delivered by the Foundation.

12 volunteers from The Foundation volunteer programmes took part in the days activities and gained valuable experience about event management, dealing with the public and being part of a team.

“It was an incredible day and all the participants, fans and staff enjoyed the day immensely and we look forward to the next one” – Gary Mulcahey Sports Development Director.

Prostate Cancer UK

Crystal Palace Football Club are joining the Football League London to Amsterdam Challenge in support of Prostate Cancer UK. If you want to take part, you’ve until Friday 19th April to register.

Fans, players and club officials from across the Football League will take to the saddle for a unique two day ‘Total Football’ themed, 155 mile challenge for the 250,000 men living with prostate cancer across the UK.

The ride will see fans pedal from capital to capital, raising money for prostate cancer. Kicking off on Friday 14th June, the route will pass through the picturesque countryside of rural England, before crossing The Channel at Harwich and onto the flat landscape of Dutch Zeeland.

Former England, Watford and AC Milan Striker, Luther Blissett, is just one of the footballing legends that has signed up. Luther said, “Rivalry between clubs can be fierce, and although this isn’t meant to be a race, I am sure there’ll be a sprint to reach the finish line, but we’ll definitely be all on the same team when it comes to raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer.”

More details and to sign up simply CLICK HERE

Crystal Palace FC Foundation against Homophobia

We have become aware of a number of articles in the media and individual tweets in connection with homophobic chanting. We would like to stress that everyone at Palace is committed to fighting all forms of discrimination in the game, including homophobia. The club do not tolerate racist or homophobic chanting at Selhurst Park and will continue to work with the relevant bodies to eradicate behaviour like that from football grounds. Furthermore our work around tackling homophobia which includes our ‘Hearts and Minds’ project led by young people engaged in our youth programmes has been singled out as national best practice by the Football Association as well as being recently nominated for the Innovation of the Year award by the Premier League for its National Kickz Awards.

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Sports And Education Scholarship

Sports and Education Scholarship


Get a first class education that will get you to University?

Gain qualifications to work in the sports industry?

Train and compete in a professional sports environment?

Become a coach or a referee?

Up to 9 hours training a week

CPFC Foundation Academy are offering a unique opportunity for talented 16-18 year old football players to pursue a 2 year Football and Education Scholarship.

Open event Wednesday 29th May and Friday 31st May
10.30am – 2.30pm

At the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace.

Click here to download an application form.

Foundation’s Danielle gets national recognition at National Premier League Annual Kickz Awards

Danielle Towner Kickz 2013
Danielle Towner, Crystal Palace FC Foundation Lead for Bromley and former head coach for Arsenal ladies and received the award for ‘Most inspiring person’ in last Tuesday’s National Premier League Annual Kickz Awards. Kickz is the Premier League’s main youth engagement programme and has built up an great track record for engaging young people growing up in challenging circumstances and does all it can to support their on-going personal and career development.

Crystal Palace FC is one of the 42 football league and premiership clubs involved in the scheme and some of our most able community sports coaches and youth workers originally started out as young people taking part on the scheme. The Awards, which took place at Stamford Bridge, were a celebration of the participants, police, coaches, volunteers and partners who have made the project such a success. Speaking just after the award ceremony, Danielle said ‘ Palace is a great club and represents a fantastic community. It’s an absolute privilege to get this award. Working with such supportive staff and inspirational young people from across south London has made my work so much easier and extremely rewarding’.

Danielle’s achievements came as a result of her time in Sutton where she was instrumental in putting Palace back on the front foot in the borough at a time when the foundation was facing significant challenges, including a new partnership between the council and Chelsea FC. Work that supported her award also included

• Being responsible for a massive turnaround in the numbers of young people taking part in the programme from around 10 to 70 per evening at the three evening a week Sutton Life Centre Kickz programme that included a wide range of physical activity as diverse as rock climbing, music/video production and boxing.
• Bringing in new and dynamic inspirational speakers not only to Sutton but across the foundation projects to engage with young people as well as driving new accredited training such as a new qualification for young people that focuses on how sport can help tackle youth crime.
• Being instrumental in rescuing the partnership with Sutton Housing Partnership, the boroughs main social housing lanlord, paving the way for joint work in key priority areas in the borough.
• Championing Crystal Palace FC Kickz with the ‘mover and shakers’ in the borough including a highly successful community day coinciding with the Olympic Torch rally.
• Mobilising a dedicated group of volunteers in Sutton Kickz and providing progression routes into paid sessional employment with the foundation.
• Becoming a personal mentor to a number of young people who for very different reasons were going through very difficult times in their lives.
• Initiating several new innovative projects, aimed at increasing engagement with young women such as ‘Ladies Night’ and being a driving force behind projects such as ‘Hearts and Minds’ focusing on the homophobic bullying of young people.
• Always, Always Always going the extra mile to deliver above and beyond what is expected.

Danielle has been turning her attention towards Bromley where there are additional challenges to reassert the Foundation and the Palace brand in the borough.

Other CPFC Foundation winners were Jack Shergold and Aaron McGrath both recognised for their outstanding delivery as volunteers.