Archives for July 2013

Army roadshow comes to life

tank Aspiring footballers and cadets can show off their skills at an army roadshow event hosted by Sutton Life Centre.

The Life Centre welcomes the Army Football Association and Crystal Palace FC Foundation, which are organising an army roadshow to celebrate 125 years of the Army Football Association.

The London Regiment, Royal Yeomanry and 151 Tpt Regiment, which are three of the most prominent army reserves in London, will be attending the event.

Donald Forde, Head of Foundation, Crystal Palace FC said: “Crystal Palace FC Foundation is very proud to be co-ordinating this event. Supporting our colleagues in the army is really important for us and we’re very keen to do our bit. We are one club, one community.”

Activities include:

  • Army Street Soccer Challenge – a fun football agility course including an inflatable target range
  • Take a closer look at an Army vehicle and try on some kit and equipment
  • Crystal Palace FC Foundation – football skills and games for 5 – 14 year olds
  • Crystal Palace FC Foundation – football tournament for 14 – 19 year olds
  • Street dancing
  • Boxing

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environmental and Neighbourhood Committee said: “Sutton Life Centre is hosting yet another excellent opportunity for the young to express their skills and learn new ones.

“This is a good opportunity to bring the community together across all ages.”

The session will take place on Friday 26 July from 12pm until 4pm.

For more information visit, ‘like’ us on Facebook/SuttonLifeCentre or follow us on Twitter: @SuttonLC.

Be quick to take advantage of a free Bromley CPFC Foundation Summer holiday course


Crystal Palace FC Foundation are offering….wait for it, FREE, yes FREE summer holiday course at Bromley High School, on Blackbrook Lane this week for boys and girls aged between 5 to 12 years of age. The Bromley High courses form part of our brand new summer programme which we’re running across Bromley, Croydon, Merton, Sutton, Tandridge and Tooting & Mitcham for children of all abilities. All our courses are run by fully qualified coaches and take place in a fun and safe environment which you’re kids are guaranteed to love. We’re giving them away free because we know they’ll want you to bring them back. To book your place just phone us on 0208 768 6047 and to find out more go to See you there!

Music On The Hill – This weekend! 19th, 20th & 21st July

musiconthehillCrystal Palace are delighted to be supporting Music On The Hill at Kings Hill near Maidstone in Kent! The three-day, four-concert event is in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Teens Unite Fighting Cancer and The Children’s Development Trust and features artists such as Jools Holland, McFly, Peter Andre, Stooshe, Counterfeit Stones, Bucks Fizz, Joe McElderry and Gareth Gates. The CPFC Foundation will be present on Family Summer Sunday, as well as the Crystal Girls who will be performing throughout the day!

Tickets are available at

Palace are South East League Winners!!

The Crystal Palace FC Foundation Futsal teams have been crowned as South East Region League Champions!!

Both the Palace A & B Teams dominated their Leagues across the season and were crowned worthy winners at the National Futsal Finals held at the Birmingham Arena over the weekend of the 6th & 7th July.

A team Captain Jack Naraine and B team Captain Matt Francis are shown proudly holding the League Trophies whilst the whole team show off their Winners medals.


Whilst Hot-Shot Shavar Stewart was awarded the Golden Boot as top scorer in the B League.


futsal08The lads have been very impressive from their first training session back in September 2012 with Foundation Football Development Officer Michael Harrington and have continued to develop their Futsal skills throughout the year. Michael, seen here holding one of our winning trophies commented ‘What a great season these 2 teams have had, scoring 139 goals this year at an average of over 5 per game. And to think this was the first time all but 1 of them had played any Futsal. I am very, very proud of all the boys’

With both our teams qualifying to play in the National Finals at National Futsal Arena in Birmingham it was very busy weekend but one we were all looking forward to.

The A Team where drawn with Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol City. Despite impressive performances and a won 1, drew 1, lost 1 record we were just edged out of qualifying for the knockout stages from this Group of Death. On Sunday it was the turn of our B team who flew out of the blocks winning 3 of their first 4 games to qualify for the quarter finals with a real hope of further progression.

futsal06Unfortunately an injury to key player Matt Francis stretched a small squad just a little bit too far and the dream was over for this year.

Both these teams started the long journey back down the M40 convinced that they will return next season and win the lot!!

We are now recruiting for the new intake of Futsal and Education Scholars for September 2013.

This fantastic 2 year course gives 16 and 17 year olds the opportunity to be part of the Crystal Palace FC Foundation Futsal Team whilst studying for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

So, what are you waiting for? If you are 16 or 17 and want to join us contact Michael Harrington on 020 8768 6047 or or go to to apply online.


Donald Forde Head of CPFC Foundation interviewed by Croydon Radio

Donald Forde, Head of CPFC Foundation had the pleasure of being interviewed in last Thursday’s edition of Croydon Radio. He was invited to come along to explain what the foundation does on the ground along with plans going forward. The implications of being promoted were also talked about in terms of the importance of keeping feet on the ground and never forgetting that the foundation is about connecting with local people.

Donald said, ‘Paul’s a great interviewer and it became really clear just how much work is going on and how much there is to do in the future under the ‘one club, one community’ banner. It also dawned on me how many great people are around the foundation’

Take a listen to the interview >

CPFC Foundation 3 mile run hosted by London Fire Brigade

We are looking to enrol some runners/walkers to represent CPFC Foundation in a 5k (3 mile) run hosted by London Fire Brigade. On Sunday 21st July 2013 at 10.00am

We have 20 spaces free of charge for the event which is a fun run all speeds welcome. The event begins at Southwark Park in Bermondsey with the run itself starting in the aptly named Brunel Road. The run then goes South to North under the River Thames through the Rotherhithe Tunnel to wapping and Finishes at London’s Docklands in Billingsgate Market in the shadow of Canary Wharfs Towers. Where there will be a street party till late afternoon.

The street party will host the following:

  • Stage built where 8 bands will play various types of music.
  • Krispy Kreme doughnuts
  • A London Pride bar
  • Various food outlets (Pie and mash – Chinese – burgers – Indian – Caribbean)
  • Ice Creams
  • Steel band
  • Representatives from Fire and rescue services around the world.
  • Streatham redskins – beat the goalie
  • And many more merchandise stools

More info at

If you are interested please let me know so I can register you for the event. As I said this is purely for fun and community spirit.

We are also arranging for Pete & Alice to run the course.

To take part in the Tunnel 2 towers run please contact
020 8768 6047

Foundation Female Youth Forum chimes with the times


Local Young Women volunteers at Palace formally launched its first Female Youth Forum last week with a key aim of getting more women involved in sport as well as how it can support their wider development. Key issues which the forum wants to tackle head on include

  • 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
  • The Forum will take a leading role in developing practical steps to overcome the barriers and wider community issues which many young women are facing growing up today. This includes how to get on and develop a career in today’s harsh economic climate.

The Forum is currently on a recruitment drive and part of what is on offer is the chance to meet like-minded people, take advantage of accredited training in community sports as well as personal development workshops and volunteering with Palace’s community programmes.

For more information visit or call Danielle Towner on 020 8768 6047.

Croydon Churches and CPFC Foundation ‘Kick it Together’

Following on from the last 2 years’ hugely successful “In It Together” events, which brought together CPFC and the Church in Croydon, we are delighted to announce that this year will once again see a community fun day hosted by the Croydon churches, together with the CPFC Foundation. The day will be a football tournament for all ages (see the flyer below for details), with live music and many family fun day activities such as bouncy castle, face painting and much, much more plus of course food.

Chris Roe, Club Chaplain and member of Croydon Churches said ‘this is going to be a fantastic day and everyone is welcome. We very much look forward to seeing you there. We are one club, One community’

The event is on Saturday 27th July 10am – 5pm @ The Croydon Power League, Hannibal Way, CR0 4RW.
Contact: 020 8649 5678 for more details