Archives for August 2013

CPFC Foundation development centre trials at Tooting and Mitcham FC

Next week is the last week of CPFC Foundation Summer holiday skills course at Tooting and Mitcham FC. Come along and join the fun.

Next Tuesday from 10.00am – 2.00pm we are also holding trials for our weekly development centre which will be held at Tooting and Mitcham FC

We will be picking two squads of 16. Ages 6-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds

Look forward to seeing you all.

Call Mark Smith for further details. 07827 336 649 or 020 8768 6047

Crystal Palace F.C. Foundation & Surrey County FA


Working together to enhance community football across Croydon and Sutton.

The Crystal Palace FC Foundation would like to take this opportunity to announce its new, exciting partnership with Surrey County FA. Both organisations have a strong history of impacting on local grassroots football and, by combining efforts, it is foreseen that this impact will be greatly increased.

The partnership will take the form of a joint funded development officer whose role will be to deliver Surrey County FA’s Just Play Development plan as well as supporting local grassroots football clubs and leagues.

As part of this joint initiative the Foundation will benefit from improved links to local grassroots football clubs and leagues and therefore creating pathways from its community sessions into affiliated football. The standard of coaching at these community sessions will also be raised through further access to coach and referee education via Surrey County FA’s education programme. The profile of the Foundation and indeed the club itself will also be raised by increased involvement in the development of new initiatives for developing adult football including Walking Football, Just Play turn up and play sessions and female only sessions. The partnership will also increase both organisations’ capacity for delivering community development programmes such as the existing Croydon Community 7-a-side League for 16-23 year olds.

For further information on this please contact:

Gary Mulcahey
Sports Development Director

Kevin West
Just Play Development Officer

Barclays Premiership Trophy comes down to a CPFC Foundation course in Bromley


A number of lucky kids managed to get up close and personal with the Barclays Premier League trophy yesterday as it made some surprise appearances in south London.

Ahead of the eagerly anticipated start of the new season, the trophy visited our Soccer School at Bishop Justus School in Bromley to shock the participants during their training session, and they had the chance to have their photo taken with the silverware before resuming their game.

The trophy was then taken to Selhurst Park, as Barclays gave fans, communities and club staff the same photo opportunity as a gesture to say thank you for their ongoing support.

The Foundation’s Sports Development Director Gary Mulcahey said: “It’s a fantastic experience to see the Premier League trophy here and it’s great for the kids as it’s such a famous prize. We have a number of kids who support other clubs too so it’s a great chance for them to see it up close.

“However it would be nice if we could all dream and see Ian Holloway with it at the end of the season!”



Our huge thanks go out to a mystery benefactor


Our huge thanks go out to a mystery benefactor that wishes to remain anonymous who has generously donated two season tickets to support the Foundation’s youth engagement programmes. Every week CPFC Foundation engage with up to 600 young people across South London with the overall aim being to support their personal and social development. Each week one young person who has gone the extra mile or reached a key achievement through activities such as volunteering or sustained positive engagement will be selected along with a parent or guardian to attend a first team game.

Soye Briggs, Director of Community Development for the Foundation says “many of the young people on our programmes love Crystal Palace but would never really have the opportunity to go to a home game. This will be something really special for them and helps us continue to strengthen ties with our local communities.”

Sign up now to the CPFC Foundations 8th Eagles Fitter Fans Course starts Wed 25th September


If you are male over 40 and looking to lose weight and get fit then sign up to the FREE 10 week course.
This course will be taking place at the Thorton Heath Leisure Centre, with the first introduction evening held in Study Centre at Selhurst Park.

The new programme is now starting on Wednesday 25th September until Wednesday 4th December 2013 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Eagles Fitter Fans is a programme set up by Crystal Palace FC Foundation in partnership with GP London, Premier Solutions and The Football League.

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”.

Palace Legend Eddie McGoldrick, “This is a fantastic life changing programme that I have had the privilege to have seen and been involved with. It’s a great way to get a better understanding of how to lead a healthy and active lifestyle and interact with other Palace fans. It is an initiative to be proud of and be a part of.
I would recommend everyone to join the free course with the CPFC Foundation”.

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 this season”.

Budgie CPFC – BBS, “As one of the current fitter fans, I’d like to recommend anyone that’s thinking about it, to jump in and sign up.
I’ve learnt so much about improving my eating habits, and in 6 weeks I’ve lost 14lbs, something which I really didn’t think I’d achieve.
And probably the best thing of all, is I’ve met some great people who all share my love of Palace.”

For further information please contact Danielle Towner on
Office: 020 8768 6047

Crystal Palace FC Foundation join forces with the Army FA

CPFC Foundation hosted the 1st of a national tour of events to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Army FA. Held at the Sutton Life Centre, foundation staff were joined by the London Regiment, Royal Yeomanry and 151 Tpt Regiment, three of the most prominent army units in London. Activities included Army Street Soccer Challenges and the chance for children and young people to take a closer look at Army Vehicles as well as learn about career opportunities in the army. Organizer on the day was Andrius Praninskas.


Major Peter Conn of the Army Football Association and Chairman of Army Football Referees said
‘The role of the club’s foundation cannot be underestimated, we hope that this is the beginning of a long relationship with Crystal Palace FC. Good luck as you begin your Premier League campaign!’.

Supporting our troops is more important than ever and anyone who wants to get more involved can visit


CPFC Foundation Strengthen Irish Ties


CPFC Foundation delivers free football and coach development courses in Belfast.

  • Crystal Palace FC Foundation announce week of free football and coach development
  • Sessions delivered in Belfast from 6-9 August in Shankill Road and Ballymurphy Estate
  • Part of wider Active Communities Network ‘Urban Stars’ summer programme

Croydon, UK – Thursday 1 August 2013: After Ian Holloway’s Crystal Palace FC squad face Waterford United in the south of Ireland on Saturday evening (3rd August) in the final stages of their pre-season campaign ahead of the new Premier League season, the Crystal Palace FC Foundation will be delivering football coaching and coach development sessions in Belfast.

In partnership with grassroot community sports delivery specialists Active Communities Network, the sessions will be taking place at the Hammer Leisure Centre on Shankill Road and the Bunscoil An Tsleibhe Dhuibh Primary School in the Ballymurphy Estate.

The links between Palace and Ireland can be traced a long way back in history and in recent years many Palace players have gone on to represent the national sides including Iain Dowie, Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and Clinton Morrison alongside current players Patrick McCarthy and Damien Delaney.

Donald Forde, Head of the Crystal Palace FC Foundation said:
“Alongside our work in London this will be, without doubt, one of the highlights of our summer programme.

“This partnership with Active Communities Network is a unique opportunity to complement their work and knowledge with our experienced coaches delivering high quality and fun sessions to young people across Belfast.

“With the First Team playing Waterford just a few days before, it gives us great pride to continue the Crystal Palace FC presence across Ireland – North and South – with clubs, organisations and communities.”

Jim Donnelly, Programme Manager, Active Communities Network said:
“It is fantastic to welcome the Crystal Palace FC Foundation to Belfast for the very first time – this joined-up working is something that Active Communities Network has championed for many years and is a model for delivery work that can have a far reach.

“With Crystal Palace FC now in the English Premier League these sessions are set to be high-profile and we can expect the very highest standards of coaching for our young people alongside some fantastic coach education with their experienced delivery staff.”

For more information about Active Communities Network in Northern Ireland please contact Jim Donnelly at