Archives for March 2014

Power chair football with CPFC Foundation with Bannan & Wilbraham take part in sessions at Waddon Sports Centre

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At Waddon Leisure Centre on Wednesday 26th March commencing at 5.30pm and finishing at 7.00pm there was a football sessions with a difference as young wheelchair users who have been taking part in sessions for a number of weeks now, met Crystal Palace FC players, Barry Bannan and Aaron Wilbraham.

Power chair football is a 4 v 4 indoor game with two goals and played with a larger size 9 football and Wheelchair FA Development Officer Adam McEvoy was in attendance to lend some support for the players and coaches from Crystal Palace Football Club. The Wheelchair Football Association (WFA) was formed in 2005 to govern the sport of Powerchair Football in England. The WFA are recognised by the Football Association as the sports governing body and their Laws are sanctioned by the FA.

The sessions have been a collaboration between Crystal Palace FC Foundation, Croydon Sports Development, Surrey County Football Association and Fusion who have worked together to support the participants in experiencing this form of football for the first time in Croydon.

In addition, The Wheelchair Football Association have supported the sessions with seven specialised power chairs and advice from Adam each week.

The sessions are funded by The Football Association and the Wembley Stadium Trust through the “Inclusive United” partnership between all the London Professional Football Clubs.

Crystal Palace FC players Barry Bannan and Aaron Wilbraham had never seen this form of the game and were keen to take part. “Having both players take part next to the local young people was an exciting experience for the participants.” Michael Harrington, Crystal Palace FC Foundation disability sports lead officer said.

If you are interested in attending the sessions please email Michael Harrington on admin@palaceforlife.org

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Premier League Trophy Comes To Croydon… Come along and have your photograph taken!

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Barclays Corporate South East London Team are raising funds for the Crystal Palace Football Foundation. The Foundation works closely with young people throughout the London Boroughs of Croydon, Bromley and Sutton in a variety of ways contributing to the development of children growing up in our community and raising the aspirations and broadening the horizons of young people.

To assist with the fund raising we have managed to secure the use of the Premier League trophy on Friday 4th April and Croydon Council have kindly offered to “host” the trophy at their offices in Bernard Weatherill House. Barclays would like to invite people to have their photo taken with the trophy asking for a suggested donation of £5 to the Foundation.

Details for the 4th April are:
Venue: Conference Space, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

Crystal Palace reach the Enterprise Challenge finals in their debut year

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Arsenal, Crystal Palace and West Ham United are the clubs who will be represented at the fifth 2013/14 Premier League Enterprise Challenge final after their teams came through the first semi-final at the home of West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday.

The three teams were selected ahead of those representing Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Cardiff City, Chelsea, Fulham, Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion after impressing the judges with their presentation skills and business proposals. They will take part in the final to be held at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills in London on 30 April.

All the teams had been working on a business brief that was set in November by Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore and which challenged the young people to formulate ideas for a football club to develop revenue streams from international markets, specifically from Africa and the United States.

Since then the youngsters taking part in the challenge, which this year has focused on engaging “hard to reach” students, have conducted research, worked on their creative ideas and finances as well as developing their presentations, which they had to deliver to a Dragon’s Den-style judging panel within a strict time limit.
Palace have reached the final in their first year of taking part in the challenge and the team from Carshalton High School for Girls won over the judges with their ideas which included a link-up with the MILO hot chocolate drink brand as well as offering fans travel prizes to the UK.

“We are over the moon,” said Nickael Briggs, curriculum leader of citizenship at Carshalton High. “I can’t put into words how proud we are as a school. The girls have put so much work into this and it has paid off.

“When I was watching them on stage I was like a proud parent! Seeing it all come together, seeing them go through all the emotions, and then seeing the end product, was so fulfilling and it just reminded me of exactly why I wanted to work with young people.”

the judging panel, which included Paul Lewis, assistant director to Lord Young, who advises the Prime Minister
“It’s about the opportunity. In the working world everyone gets grades but who can say they took part in something like this? This is something that makes us different from the rest when we are applying for jobs.”

The semi-final was not all about the work as the young people also had a guided tour of the Hawthorns and heard from Adrian Wright, West Bromwich Albion’s sales and marketing director, while first-team players Youssouf Mulumbu and Thievy Bifouma met the teams and presented certificates.

Mulumbu, who has been with West Brom for the last five years, revealed to the audience about what inspired him to become a professional footballer.
“My dad always pushed me to be a football player, my mother wanted to push me to become a doctor, or something like that,” he said. “So I tried my best to change her mind. I worked really hard. The best thing is to work hard. In everything you want to do. If you believe in yourself and if you work hard, you are going to succeed. That’s what I tried to do and that’s why I am here today.”

The second semi-final, featuring teams from Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Hull City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Sunderland and Wigan Athletic will take place at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on 13 March.

The Enterprise Challenge is the highlight of the Premier League Enterprise Academy (PLEA), which gives young people insight into the running of a professional football club, engaging them in the world of business. The PLEA is delivered in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills with 24 Premier League and Football Clubs involved in the initiative. Soon, 90,000 will have taken part in the programme since its inception in 2008.
CPFC Foundation engaged 100 young people over a period of 10 weeks from local schools and community projects delivered by the Foundation. The Heats were held at Selhurst Park Football Stadium where teams of no more than 5 young people had to deliver a 6 min Business Model pitch. The Girls from Carshalton high school won the competition and went on to represent Crystal Palace FC Foundation as they battled it out with teams from across the Premier League.

Nadia Hulston Youth Development Co-ordinator at Crystal Palace FC Foundation stated that “both the foundation and the girls are so excited to be going forward into the finals, the girls have done us as club proud and the group going through to the final demonstrates that hard work, motivation, and dedication works wonders and if you put in effort then this will reap positive results. Well done Girls!”

The Group from Carshalton will go on to represent Crystal Palace FC Foundation in the Finals in April. We wish them all the best.