Archives for June 2013

CPFC Foundation shop in Whitgift Centre with Palace hero Wilfried Zaha


Over the last few weeks Crystal Palace Foundation have had a pop up shop in the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Staff and volunteers from the foundation have been working hard to get the shop looking fantastic and to promote information about the CPFC Foundation and its aims and objectives. Yesterday we were greeted with a lovely surprise from Crystal Palace hero Wilfried Zaha. Wilf had heard about the shop and wanted to pop in and take a look, he also couldn’t resist one last photo with the prize possession he helped catcher. We wish Wilf all the best of luck at Manchester United but I’m sure he will never be far from the Crystal Palace family.

If you fancy seeing the trophy at the store (Saturday Only) and seeing what the foundation is currently up to the Shop is open today until 5PM and will be open tomorrow for the last time from 10AM-5PM.



CPFC Foundation and the Eagles Fitter Fans with the Play-off Cup


The Crystal Palace Foundation Fitter Fans were greeted with a huge surprise yesterday as they turned up for a fitness session and were met by the Play Off trophy, the Fitter Fans had a great chance to have their photo with the prized possession and see it in real life what they have been shouting for all season from the stands.

If you would like to take part in the Crystal Palace Foundation Fitter Fans project then please contact either



CPFC Foundation at the Mitcham Carnival June 2013

The Carnival was a big success for us in terms of publicising our work and building contacts. In partnership with Tooting & Mitcham FC United we had a stall set up with holiday courses and club information, fastest shot machine, small sided games and other partnership information. We handed out flyers for Saturday morning sessions and our Summer Programme during the parade and at the carnival. Links were created with local organisations, local councillors and little league clubs.

A big thank you to the volunteers on the day who were Sam, Anthony & Nathan and casual coaches Estaban & David who also helped deliver on the day.

Crystal Palace Foundation Futsal teams still on track for success!

Crystal Palace FC Foundation Futsal teams have 1 game left of the season and still all to play for in the national Futsal League. Palace A’s need only a draw next week against Ipswich to win the League, Palace B’s can win the league depending on how results go and they win their game. Both teams have now finished high enough and qualified for the nationals which they should be very proud of.

Crystal Palace B 8 v 4 Leyton Orient

Crystal Palace started strong playing very quick from the back a deservedly took the lead within the first 3 minutes with a great goal from Shavar. Palace continued strong and 10 minutes into the first half were winning 3-1. Orient were starting to come back into the game and quickly made it 3-2 however two quick breaks caught them off their guard and palace went in at half time winning 5-2. Second half started very lively with Palace again starting strong and scoring a few well taken goals, Orient hit back twice to keep them in touch however 2 late goals in the last 5 minutes gave palace a deserved win. , Palace B’s can win the league depending on how results go and they win their game.

Goals: Shavar 2, Ahmed 1, Jamal 1, Ibrahim 2, jack N 2
Man of the match: Martel

Crystal Palace A 2 v 3 Stevenage

Crystal Palace FC Foundation Futsal boys…only step away from League successes
Crystal Palace started brightly, Stevenage were struggling to handle the pace of their attacks however a few great saves and blocked attempts ment that after 10 mintues it was 0-0. Palace then took the lead with a fantastic curling finish by Jack burchall. Palace continued to defend strong and attack quick and minutes before half time took a deserved 2-0 lead with a cool finish from Matt Albright. Half Time 2-0

Second half started and Palace were caught sleeping straight away with a well take goal by Stevenage, 2-1 with a nervy 10 minutes to play. Palace started to play some good football and were in total control of the game however a very weak shot was spilt by the palace goalkeeper and somehow trickled over the line to make it 2-2 with 6 minutes to play. Palace held the ball well and came close to scoring twice but with 30 seconds left of the game they lost the ball deep in the Stevenage half and a quick break lead to the palace goalkeeper colliding with the last defender and let Stevenage tap the ball into an open goal with only 6 seconds remaining. Late heartbreak for the lads, champagne put on hold till next week.
Palace A’s need only a draw next week against Ipswich to win the League following a tantalising close tournament.

Goals: Jack B 1, Matt A 1
Man of the match: Jack Burchall

Both teams have now qualified for the national finals which they should feel very proud about.
Well done to the players and coaches.

The CPFC Foundation has teamed up with St Joseph’s College in Norwood

The Crystal Palace FC Foundation FC has teamed up with St Joseph’s College in Norwood, to offer 20 young people aged 16 to 19 the opportunity participate in an education and Futsal programme.

Players will learn and train at St Joseph’s College in Norwood under the educational expertise of tutors from the college, using a pioneering on-line learning platform. Coaches from the Crystal Palace FC Foundation will be resident at the college and will be responsible for delivering the football and Futsal coaching syllabus, which will lead the young people to gain Futsal experience and also coaching qualifications.

The scholars will represent the Crystal Palace FC in the Football League Trust National League competing against other community programmes including Chelsea, Manchester City, Cardiff City FC and Brighton Hove Albion.

The education programme will enable the young people to earn a BTEC National Diploma in sport, which provides a pathway to further university education or a career in the coaching, sports or leisure industry.

Donald Forde, Head of Foundation at Crystal Palace FC, says: ‘We are delighted to be involved with our neighbours at St Joseph’s College, we have a number of ex-pupils from St Joseph’s that are based here at the Club including Co-Chairman, Martin Long, and Trevor Meader. We already have a successful Futsal programme based at our Study Support Centre, and now to have the second squad based at St Joseph’s College proves we want to be at the heart of the community. This will give young people the unique opportunity to develop their football, educational and social skills in a sporting environment, while gaining a national BTEC qualification.’

Kevin Dwyer, vice-principal at St Joseph’s College, adds: ‘Sport is a very important feature of St Joseph’s College and we are delighted to be linking up with our partners to develop this exciting new programme for 16 to 19 year olds. I believe this partnership will offer a high quality educational and sporting experience enabling the scholars to progress to university degrees or employment. Sport has a vital role in inspiring students to “be their best”. Futsal will be an exciting and growing element of our sports offer.’

Frank Rodriguez, managing director @Futsal Group, says: ‘We are delighted to be collaborating with all of our partners on a programme that will enable such positive and far-reaching outcomes for young people aspiring to careers or further education in football, sports or leisure.’

Any young people that would like to register for the programme are aged 16 to 18 and have or are forecast to have four GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above can apply now.

Trials and interviews will be taking place at St Joseph’s College Norwood in London in August 2013 after the GCSE results are known.

To register contact: Kevin Coles. Txt/call on 07789 202 402 or email You can also register on line through the @Futsal web site on

CPFC Foundation Kickz team narrowly miss out at National Finals

Many thought that after Palace’s triumph in the play offs that this was going to be the beginning of a long and successful stint of achievements for the whole of Crystal Palace. Unfortunately, this was not the case in this instance. The Crystal Palace Kickz U18s had previously won the regional tournament which took place at Spurs Lodge during May playing other Kickz teams such as West Ham, Chelsea, Swansea, Brentford and Reading. The Palace Kickz team went through this conquest only conceding a minimal of four goals. With spirits feeling high and the boost of the 1st team’s promotion to the premier league it was fair to say that the spirit of all camps connected to Crystal Palace was “Glad All Over.”

However, at the national finals which took place at The Boleyn Ground which belongs to West Ham’s first team it seemed that nerves began to settle in a bit too much with their first win not coming until the lunch break had ended. With the final standing Palace finished 8th nevertheless, that was 8th placed out of 46 different teams.

Lead coach and manager of the under 18s George Henry had this to say “Obviously we are a little disappointed as we really wanted to return to Palace with another trophy on the mantelpiece but, when you take into account that we’ve finished 8th out of 46 different teams you can’t get much better than that so because of that I am very proud of the boys.”

Local attendee and also Kickz under 18s captain Shaun had this to add “I cannot lie, the disappointment is there because we all wanted to do this for George more than ourselves. But the fact that we’ve had the opportunity to play on West Ham’s pitch will be an experience I will never forget so I am very thankful to George and also the whole of the CPFC Foundation for making this all possible.”

Regrettably, the under 16s and the under 14s were not able to make it to the nationals as both teams finished in 3rd place in their regionals.

Roxcy Clotty manager of the under 16s commented “It really wasn’t our day for both the under 16s and under 14s but the experience has been amazing and we will push on from here.”

A massive thank you has to be given to the Kickz central team who made all this possible along to those who took part in the regionals and nationals as you represented Crystal Palace in the highest possible calibre with your attitude and your commitment.

New CPFC Foundation Partnership launches Young Eagles Summer Football Camp

A new partnership between Sainsburys, Potential and the Crystal Palace FC Foundation will kick off with a Summer Football Camp for local children in the Selhurst area aged 5-14 years of age. The camp include free access for children identified by local schools in the north Croydon area. It will include fun educational sessions around core skills as well fundamentals such as balance, agility, coordination. Sainsburys are helping to support the programme through a major football tournament that will be held at Selhurst Astroturf on Thursday the 11th of July.

Les Persaud chair of Potential said ‘this is just what local children in the area need and I’m delighted that we have got it organised for the start of the summer holiday’s’.

Lyn Chin-Sung from Sainsburys said ‘it’s great to be working together as we are literally next door neighbours to Palace. we see ourselves as firmly part of the local community and there’s loads we can do together’.

Donald Forde, Head of CPFC Foundation added,’ We are ‘one club, one community’, and very proud to have two highly respected partners on board with us.’

Palace Legends In Charity Cycle

Crystal Palace legend Geoff Thomas has set off on a charity bike ride to Paris, to raise money for a blood cancer charity.

Thomas, who captained the Eagles to the FA Cup Final in 1990, was joined by former teammates Ian Wright and John Salako in London this morning, at the start of the 450km ride.

The trio were among the 170 cyclists who saddled up in Greenwich Park in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research – a charity Thomas has close ties with after battling chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2003.

Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd, ex-Spurs and West Ham defender Mitchell Thomas and former politician Alastair Campbell are also taking part in the gruelling four-day challenge, titled London-Paris: Be Unstoppable.

The cyclists will experience the excitement of being part of a peloton, with motorcycle outriders and closed roads, as well as an entourage of mechanics, physiotherapists and support vehicles.

Thomas, who is an ambassador for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, said: “Since being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2003, I have met many incredible people including determined doctors, inspiring patients and selfless fundraisers.

“For me, London-Paris: Be Unstoppable is another way I can continue to raise awareness and help Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research to beat blood cancers and improve the lives of patients so they can live their lives to the full.”

Ian Wright added: “It is great to be joining up with my friend and former team mate Geoff Thomas to take part in this ride. We aim to raise as much money as possible to help beat blood cancer.”

Groundbreaking Sport for Urban Development Programme


(Left to right) James Mapstone (Managing Director and Founder, 2nd Chance Project), Gary Stannett (CEO, Active Communities Network), Professor Andrew Parker (University of Gloucestershire) and Steve O’Connell (GLA Member for Croydon and Sutton/MOPAC Non-Executive Advisor) at the research, recommendations and panel discussion surrounding publication of the ‘Urban Stars: Sport, Crime Prevention and Community Action’ at Crystal Palace FC, Selhurst Park Stadium on Wednesday 5 June 2013.

  • Urban Stars pilots took place in West Midlands, South Gloucestershire and London
  • Research by University of Gloucestershire published
  • Up to 86% of young people saw discipline in their lives as consequence of their engagement
  • Programme at Ashfield YOI sees 30% less re-offending than national average
  • 75% of young people in West Midlands could see personal benefits from participation
  • Up to 85% of young people say engagement allows them to organise their time more
  • Research to be incorporated into University learning

London, UK – 6 June 2013: Grassroots sports delivery and management charity Active Communities Network (ACN) presented research yesterday which shows that sport is effective in engaging marginalised young people, tackling youth crime and reducing re-offending.

The report entitled ‘Urban Stars: Sport, Crime Prevention and Community Action’ was fully published following an 18-month research project conducted by the University of Gloucestershire, headed by Professor Andrew Parker.

Described as “an innovative, excellent project” by sporting legend Edwin Moses, Urban Stars, delivered by Active Communities Network and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, uses sport to engage vulnerable young people who are identified as being marginalised from mainstream society.

The research, which includes evidence from projects in London (Croydon, Lambeth and Southwark), the West Midlands and South Gloucestershire, was presented at Crystal Palace FC where alongside recommendations for best practice of new delivery programmes, a panel discussion chaired by Gary Stannett MBE (CEO, Active Communities Network) took place between key stakeholders including Steve O’Connell (GLA Member for Croydon and Sutton/MOPAC Non-Executive Advisor), James Mapstone (Managing Director, 2nd Chance Project), Shinead Philpott (Programme Manager, Urban Stars) and Professor Parker under the heading of ‘Sport for Urban Development’.

Over 80 guests were present, able to enjoy in-depth networking opportunities representing a wide range of knowledge, experience and practitioners including grassroots staff, young people, Government official and representatives from professional sports.

Steve O’Connell, GLA Member for Croydon and Sutton/MOPAC Non-Executive Advisor said:

“It’s absolutely vital for the council, for the Mayor’s office and for the GLA to understand and recognise the vital work that Active Communities Network are doing.

“I was really impressed with the event because there was some good conversation between some really great practitioners of working with young people, of sharing best practice and presenting the case for the good work they are doing.

“I’m an advocate of the work that is being done here and this increases my knowledge ten-fold and I’m able to be even more of an advocate for this work in and around my travels around the community.”

Gary Stannett, CEO, Active Communities Network said:

“This was a key event to inform the sector and wider arena of interest about the methodology involved in these programmes so we can develop a wider interest in how we use sport for urban development.

“Over the years we have always accepted that sport is a very, very good thing for young people and its good for communities. But we’ve always felt that while we accept it’s a good thing there has always been a lack of evidence – which this research goes some way to addressing.

“There was a huge value to all of us practitioners present here today including funders and strategic partners.

“We have now extended Urban Stars to include Manchester, Belfast, Bristol and Glasgow and we will now continue the conversation in following up this research by targeting stakeholders from the grassroots through to MPs.”

Professor Andrew Parker, University of Gloucestershire said:

“This has been fantastic for the profile of the research as there was such diversity in the audience. There is the realisation that research has more to offer in terms of its everyday impact and it can be applied and it can be useful.

“The questions asked today were really helpful and it’s now all about continuing that conversation – I will use part of this research as a teaching and research tool which is fantastic for our students and an incentive for them to see what sport for development can do.

“Just having this resource in front of me to teach from is a great incentive and inspiration to know that our university does work on the ground with young people in sport.”

Rashid Bhayat, Director, Positive Youth Foundation (Urban Stars delivery partner in the West Midlands) said:

“It’s been a great event to find out about the research and findings which really shows the impact the programme has made and ensures that stakeholders understand the importance that this work can make.

“It was great to see the way in which the researchers at our sessions worked. The young people really appreciated having the opportunity of people to listening to them, to genuinely care about their opinions and to then have it presented to them in a very professional manner.

“It’s important for us now that this research reaches the people and parts it needs to – the policy makers in the West Midlands area, the funders who are looking at supporting this type of work and also the young people themselves so they can see what sort of impact this report can have.”

Donald Forde, Head of CPFC Foundation said:

“I’m so proud that the Urban Stars Research was launched at Selhurst Park. That we had so many of our young people in the audience is proof that we doing something right at Palace. This is a very important bit of research which is helping to lead the national agenda around raising the aspiration of young people and basically get them to believe in themselves. To host the event at a Premier League Club with a brilliant track record of engaging with young people is totally appropriate.”

(Left to right) Gary Stannett (CEO, Active Communities Network), Steve O’Connell (GLA Member for Croydon and Sutton/MOPAC Non-Executive Advisor), Shinead Philpott (Programme Manager, Urban Stars), James Mapstone (Managing Director and Founder, 2nd Chance Project) and Professor Andrew Parker (University of Gloucestershire) at the research, recommendations and panel discussion surrounding publication of the ‘Urban Stars: Sport, Crime Prevention and Community Action’ at Crystal Palace FC, Selhurst Park Stadium on Wednesday 5 June 2013.