Archives for May 2013

Crystal Palace FC Foundation Launches Female Youth Forum

Our aim is to increase participation of Women and Girls in a wide variety of sports, physical recreation activities and in physical education.. With this in sight, CPFC Foundation launched our first ever CPFC Foundation Female Youth Forum to empower young females to own their futures!

The hope is that the forum will allow us as a Foundation to gain a better understanding of the Barriers females may face and how we can overcome them in time, enabling us to promote and provide female participant and empowerment at the highest level.

An important aspect of the Forum will be to provide a volunteering workshop. Volunteering is vital in today’s harsh economic climate where young people are struggling to gain any experience in the career path they may have chosen. We are looking to engage females and provide them with opportunities to enhance their skills and improve their volunteering experience as well as signposting potential progression pathways onto careers, apprenticeships and further training for volunteers.

This would also lead to developing youth led initiatives that tackle wider community issues for the benefit of local communities and we also strive to provide accredited and non-accredited training opportunities to underpin and support the volunteer’s experience.

  • Over half of girls are put off sport and physical activity because of school sport and P.E
  • 81% of women feel that female athletes are better role models than other celebrities
  • 80% of women aren’t doing enough exercise to stay healthy

Do you have what it takes to become the next Julian Speroni?

Crystal Palace FC Foundation continues to run its exciting goalkeeping programme for boys and girls of all abilities from beginners to elite.

Under the expert guidance of Foundation coaches, children will not only improve their core soccer skills – shot stopping, footwork, handling, catching, passing, agility and mobility, but will also learn more about the game itself.

Crystal Palace FC Foundation goal keeping clinics take place at the following venues:

Goals Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, BR3 1NZ
Monday 3rd June to Monday 22nd July (8 weeks)
5:00pm – 6:00pm
5-12 years old
3 day Goalkeepers & Strikers Course – £40
Click here to book >

Tooting & Mitcham CSC, KNK Stadium, Morden, SM4 6BF
Friday 7th June to Friday 19th July (7 weeks)
5:00pm – 6:00pm
8-14 years old
3 day Goalkeepers & Strikers Course – £35
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Croydon Tackling Youth Unemployment Cup

A team of graduates from the football charity Street League were celebrating this week after claiming the first ‘Croydon Tackling Youth Unemployment’ Cup.

Around 50 young people met at Goals Elmers End to play in the tournament, which was arranged by the charity to highlight youth unemployment in the area. Street League runs an eight-week ‘Academy’ programme which combines football and education to help unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds get into work and training.

The five-a-side tournament was supported by the Crystal Palace FC Foundation, Surrey County FA, Croydon Job Centre Plus and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), who sent a team of volunteers to run the event and award medals and trophies.

George Parnavelas, Youth and Community Coach for Street League Croydon, said: “Current and past participants from Street League Academies across London competed, along with a team from the Crystal Palace Foundation.“There were some hotly contested games, with a team of Croydon Academy graduates eventually claiming victory over all.”

Donald Forde, Head of the Crystal Palace FC Foundation, said: “It was brilliant to see so many young people joining in the football in order to highlight what is a serious issue in the Croydon area. It’s an issue which we really want to play our part in and really pleased that the next meeting of Croydon’s new youth unemployment taskforce will be taking place at Palace.”

Kevin West, Surrey County FA Get Into Football Officer for Croydon: “The work Street League do across the area is so important in supporting young people in Croydon, and tournaments like this are a great way to reflect on the hard work the graduates have put in over the course of their Academy .”

Recently 10 organisations committed to tackling youth unemployment in Croydon came together to discuss support for young people in Croydon who are NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training), or at risk of becoming NEET.The purpose of this meeting was to discuss how to work more effectively together to coordinate NEET-related activities. The group have agreed to share ideas and data, ultimately improving services to Croydon’s young people.

Sutton Life Centre Spring Party 30th May 2013

Crystal Palace Foundation contributed greatly to a wonderful day in the Sutton Life Centre on Thursday, May 30th. The centre (which was holding a Spring Party for the local community) was turned red and blue by a staff team of 25 including volunteers. As well as running football activities, the Foundation volunteers were found assisting on boxing and street dance sessions with some even helping in the soft play area with the bouncy castle!

These volunteers were present as part of a VRQ Level 1 youth work course (delivered by Active Communities Network in partnership wih the Foundation) and were able to showcase their skills in many different settings. The staff and volunteers proved to be a hit with the local community with many compliments on the enthusiasm and professionalism of all involved.

“It is great to see Crystal Palace engaging with the local community as they are our local Premier League club. The staff and volunteers were excellent and were very helpful all day. They represented the club brilliantly.”
– local Sutton resident

CPFC Foundation Futsal Student selected to Play for Southern England

CPFC Foundation Futsal and Education Scholar Bradley O’Connor has been selected to play for the FA Southern Region Under 18 Futsal Squad against the Northern Region in Newcastle in June.

Bradley has been earning rave reviews scoring 17 goals as part of the table topping CPFC Futsal team and has impressed the FA selectors at Regional Camps held throughout the season.

For more information on our Futsal & Education Program please contact Head Coach Michael Harrington at

Bromley High School 8 Week Course

CPFC Foundation are pleased to announce a brand new 8 week football course at Bromley High School, Blackbrook Lane, BR1 2TW. The course will be running every Saturday from 25th May to 13th July 2013. Boys and Girls aged 5 to 12 year olds are welcome and all abilities.


Blackbrook Lane, BR1 2TW
10:00am to 11:00am
Saturday 25th May to Saturday 13th July 2013
8 week course £32.00
Ages 5-12

Click here to book >

Enrolment is open for the 7th Eagles Fitter Fans Course starts Weds 3rd July 2013

Eagles Fitter Fans is a programme set up by Crystal Palace FC Foundation in partnership with GP London, Premier Solutions and The Football League read on for what the course offers and to sign up!

If you are male over 40 and looking to lose weight then sign up to the FREE 10 week course.
The programme offers you the chance to:

  • Train like the players to lose weight
  • Learn physical techniques for getting fit
  • Learn about Diet and Nutrition
  • Ongoing support to achieve your goals
  • Meet Palace legends in Q & A sessions
  • Win a signed CPFC shirt

Palace Legend and Foundation Ambassador John Salako, “Its great to be able to support this exciting new initiative between CPFC, The Foundation, Croydon Health and Change4life. We need our supporters to be conscious of the need to be fit and healthy to ensure they enjoy many more years watching the Eagles. I look forward to working with you all”.

One of our current Fitter fans had this to say about the programme, “This programme has changed my life, & made me love club even more. Brilliant!
Big praise to Rob for running it so well & dragging us all on this fantastic adventure. Been on the course for 15 weeks now, and lost 17 pounds since the beginning. Feel so much fitter and healthier, and think nothing of going out on my bike for an hour or doing an half hour walk when time permits during the day. Starting to dig out clothes I haven’t worn for ages and getting a smaller Palace shirt next season”.

The course takes place weekly at Selhurst Park.

The programme now starts on Wednesday 3rd July 2013, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

For further information please contact Rob Perrett on
Office: 020 8768 6047

George Henry, Volunteer of the Year

George Henry

George Henry, from Crystal Palace FC Foundation has scooped the award as London’s most outstanding volunteer in the London Proactive Sport and Physical Activity awards, held last Friday.

Born and bred in new Addington, George has been volunteering in running the Croydon Kickz scheme for the last 5 years, during which time he also successfully completed his degree in Sports Science with flying colours. Key achievements include taking a leading role in organizing the ‘Heal the Streets’ football tournament, held one year on from the Croydon riots and heading up the Foundation’s youth Leadership programme.

Commenting on his award George saidWinning the Volunteer of the Year award has shown what you can achieve through hard work but also giving something back to the young people as that is what it is all about. I’ve been given a fantastic opportunity in doing this and I am offering the same chance to other young people in Croydon…Be the change that you would want to see in world ”.

Futsal Education Programme for Boys & Girls aged 16 – 18 years

Futsal Education Programme

Do you want to…

› 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 Futsal environment?
› represent your local professional club?
› become a Futsal coach or referee?

The Football League Trust in partnership with TVS, VLUK and @Futsal are offering a unique opportunity for talented 16 – 18 year old football players, both boys and girls, to pursue a 2 year Futsal Education Scholarship. Don’t miss out, apply now at

To ensure that learners are fully prepared for the future, the scholarship includes a full-time education package, incorporating:

› BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, worth up to 3 A Levels
› Allows access to university and further study
› Opportunity for vocational qualifications, such as Level 1 and 2 football coaching
and Level 1 Futsal coaching
› Opens the door to a coaching career in football or Futsal
› Opportunity to gain the Level 1 Futsal refereeing qualification
› employment potential for future referees

Clubs participating in the football league trust futsal league:

Futsal Clubs

Many more clubs joining in 2013

Futsal is the only form of indoor football approved by FIFA, UEFA and the FA. With over 2 million players regularly participating in fast-paced 5-a-side action that rewards good technique and game intelligence, Futsal is globally recognised as one of the fastest growing indoor sports in the world. As well as the game of Futsal, students will be given the opportunity to engage in friendly 11 A-side fixtures which will be arranged throughout the academic year. Many greats from the 11-a-side game such as Ronaldo, Fabregas, Zidane and Pele attribute the development of their skills to Futsal. Extensively televised international competitions such as the Futsal World Cup and UEFA Futsal Cup allow players to showcase their talents on a global scale and ensure that Futsal is here to stay as part of the fabric of football.

As a key element of the FA’s strategy to develop the game and produce players capable of representing England and after a very successful introduction in 2010, The Football League Trust in partnership with TVS, VLUK and @Futsal are now offering this exciting and innovative programme to 16-18 year olds.

Learners will have the opportunity to train in Futsal for up to 8 hours a week with Football League coaches, under the direction of The Football League Trust. Training will be supplemented with fortnightly regular fixtures against other teams, representing professional clubs, in The Football League Trust Futsal League.