Archives for May 2014

Education Manager role

Location: Selhurst Park Stadium, Thornton Heath, South-East London, United Kingdom
Salary: circa £28,000 per annum
Closing date: 06 June 2014
Interview dates: week commencing 16 June 2014

Company: Crystal Palace FC Foundation
Job Type: 2 year fixed term contract (extended based on funding)

Premier League Crystal Palace FC Foundation ever expanding Community football programme was set up in 1990 and over the last 12 months has undergone a comprehensive change of culture with the introduction of a new senior management team, new activities, funded projects and supporting the Foundation’s & Club’s commitment to the ‘One Club One Community’ ethos. The CPFC Foundation presently has a number of opportunities for growth via funding from the Premier League.

As a result we now have a fantastic opportunity for an exceptional candidate to best exploit these opportunities, to manage and expand our Premier League Primary School programme, oversee a healthy schools initiative with Sutton Council and grow our database with schools in Bromley, Croydon, Sutton and Tandridge. We need a talented manager with proven knowledge and experience of working in a school environment preferably a qualified teacher in a Primary School setting, some physical education skills to lead this initiative and to assume responsibility for the overall management and strategic direction of Crystal Palace FC Foundation’s schools programme.

The Crystal Palace FC Foundation is run autonomously from the Football Club and enjoys charitable status. The relationship between the Club and Foundation is strong and mutually beneficial. With an appointed Board of Trustees there is a formal overriding link between the Foundation and the Football Club at senior level.

CPFC Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

A competitive remuneration package (circa £28,000) will be available to the right candidate.

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Woodcote Primary School and Coloma High School for Girls do Crystal Palace FC proud

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Woodcote Primary School, and Coloma High School for Girls, represented Crystal Palace at the Premier League Schools Tournament on Tuesday 20th May at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.. Woodcote Primary school were beaten in the final by Plantation Primary School representing Liverpool. Woodcote were one of 19 schools that took part so to finish runner up was a fantastic achievement in the U11 mixed tournament, while Coloma High School for Girls went out in the group stages to a very strong Arsenal side in the U13 Girls category.

To compete in Manchester both Schools had to first contest the local tournament against other Croydon, Sutton and Bromley Schools in their age category. Coloma was successful in 7 games without conceding a goal, and Woodcote also won their tournament, where their defence proved to also be very strong by conceding only 1 goal.

Now in its ninth year, the Premier League Schools Tournament is all about increasing football participation for boys and girls, and offers schools nationwide the chance to team up with their local Premier League club. Each of the 20 Premier League clubs staged their own regional competition to select two schools to represent them in the finals.

Over 10,000 young footballers from more than 1,300 schools took part nationwide with the teams aiming to reach the Etihad. Spectators were invited to watch the Premier League Schools Tournament champions crowned and presented with a replica Premier League trophy.

All the students participating on the day received an authentic Premier League experience – wearing their Premier League club kit, using the Manchester City dressing rooms, and walking out of the tunnel to the Premier League anthem, and having their matches refereed by Premier League match officials.

The Schools Tournament will feature on a special episode of BBC Match of the Day Kickabout airing on Saturday 24 May at 7:30am.

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All Roads Lead to the Etihad

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2 Croydon Schools, Woodcote Primary, and Coloma Covent Girl School under 13s, were both victorious in their quest to represent Crystal Palace FC Foundtion, in the prestigious Premier League Schools six-a-side tournament finals, which this season will held at the Etihad Stadium the home of Manchester City FC, on the 20th May.

Both Schools had to first contest the local tournament against other Croydon School in their age category. Coloma was successful in 7 games without conceding a goal, and Woodcote also won their tournament, where their defence proved to also be very strong by conceding only 1 goal.

The next step along the road was to have a play-off against the tournament winners from the neighbouring boroughs of Bromley and Sutton, resulting in a 2 day all expensive paid trip to the Etihad to test their skills against the other 19 Premier League School teams.

The Crystal Palace FC Foundation will be organising all aspect of this trip and are pleased to report that all participants will received parenteral support and they will be travelling with the party.

Saddle Up For Unicef’s Wheels For Change

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Crystal Palace Football Club Foundation wants all of you to get behind Wheels for Change, which takes place on Saturday 24th May, in aid of UNICEF – the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people.

Our event is one of seven Barclays-supported cycles taking place across the country, including rides organised in partnership with Liverpool, Manchester United and London neighbours Fulham.

Our route takes you out of Selhurst Park heading east to Wallington and then south, climbing up to the village of Caterham-on-the-Hill.

From there you will continue south to the village of Burstow and then up Turners Hill, onwards to Wych Cross and then through Ashdown Forest.

You will then start to head back to SE25, passing through Hartfield and the small village of Dormansland, where you will begin the biggest climb of the day up to the North Downs Way.

After successfully negotiating the incline, you will descend down back to Selhurst Park via Addington. To keep you fuelled along the way, UNICEF will have several feed stations positioned at regular intervals along the route.

The money raised from the ride will help provide start-up funding to help disadvantaged young people get small businesses off the ground and on the move, as well as helping them to develop the skills and business acumen they need to fulfil their potential.

Six-time Olympic Champion and UNICEF UK ambassador, Sir Chris Hoy, is encouraging everyone to sign up.

He said: “As a UNICEF UK ambassador, I’m proud to support Wheels for Change. Cycling transformed my life and now through this fundraising event, we have the chance to help transform the lives of disadvantaged young people across the world to turn their business dreams into a reality.”

There’s still time to register for Palace’s Wheels For Change cycle this weekend. For more information, visit wheelsforchange.com.

Croydon Eagles Mental Health Team Swoop over Lewes

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On 14th May 2014 we had a good turnout for a tournament in a place most of our players had never even heard of, Lewes.

But as it turned out it was an amazing location set in a lovely town in the Sussex Downs. I think our guys were just looking forward to a day out with a bit of football thrown in as a bonus. A lot of us Londoners don’t get out to the country too often. After we arrived we were all impressed with the set up and friendly atmosphere. When the lads were told there would be a free lunch things got even better. Everyone waited with anticipation (for the football to start, not the free lunch).

When the matches began it was a very enjoyable and competitive series of games with some very silky skills on show.

The growth in mental health football in the last few years has been brilliant, more and more teams are forming around the country, leagues and tournaments are being organised with many teams being supported by professional and non-league clubs.

Football and other physical activities are crucial in helping people who have had mental health issues, helping them keep fit and be part of something.

Back to the day, our team The Croydon Eagles did really well topping our group and getting into the next round where we played some very competitive but fun games played in the right spirit. The standard of football was very impressive; we came third in our second round group losing to the eventual finalists.

The day was brilliant, everyone enjoyed themselves, a few tempers frayed along the way but that’s football and that’s why we love it.

So a massive thanks to Lewes FC for a really good day out. It was well organised and fun for everyone involved. We look forward to returning one day

Tim Matthias
Central Defender – Croydon Eagles
 

Croydon Eagles are supported by Active Minds in partnership with Crystal Palace Foundation

Eagles results and stats at Lewes Mental Wellbeing Tournament 14th May 2014:

Group Stage
Eagles 3 – Brighton and Hove Albion FC 1
Eagles 4 – Hastings Your Way 0
Eagles 2 – Plasmos Panda’s (Cardiff) 2

Round 2:
Lewes 0 – Eagles 3
Victory Hants (Portsmouth) 2 – Eagles 1
Seagulls (Brighton) 2 – Eagles 1

GF ~ 14; GA ~ 5; GD ~ +9
Scorers – Dan M 1; Tony T 5; Abu E – 4; Paul R – 4

Eagles finished 5th overall out of 16

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Etihad Stadium Hosts Premier League Schools Tournament 2014

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National tournament between schools representing 20 Premier League clubs will take place 20 May.

Coloma Girls School and Woodcote Primary School won the opportunity to represent Crystal Palace FC Foundation at the eighth annual Premier League Schools Tournament after beating off fierce competition from other local schools.

Woodcote Primary School will enter in the U11 mixed competition while Coloma Girls School will compete in the U13 division for girls.

The Premier League Schools Tournament is all about increasing participation in football for boys and girls, and offers schools nationwide the chance to team up with their local Premier League club. Each of the 20 Premier League clubs stage their own regional competition to select a school to represent them in the finals, which will be held at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, 20 May.

Over 10,000 young footballers from more than 1,300 schools will take part, with the teams aiming to reach the Etihad. An expected 1,000 spectators will fill the seats of the famous stadium to see the Premier League Schools Tournament champions crowned and presented with a replica Premier League trophy.

All the students participating on the day will receive an authentic Premier League experience – wearing their Premier League club kit, using the Manchester City dressing rooms, and walking out of the tunnel to the Premier League anthem, and even having their matches refereed by Premier League match officials.

The Schools Tournament will feature on a special episode of BBC Match of the Day Kickabout airing on 24 May at 7:30am.

You can follow news on Twitter with hashtag #plschools.

Bromley’s First Youth Entrepreneur Project Launched to Nurture the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Young People

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Businesses in Bromley North have come together with Crystal Palace FC Foundation and Bromley Council to harness and develop the entrepreneurial skills of the young people in the borough
 
In what is the first partnership of its kind, the project will be managed by local charity JusB and will support up to 40 young people aged 16+ in the first year to develop their skills and gain practical employment experience.
 
The partnership will enable young people in Bromley to take part in workshops to improve their workplace skills such as business planning, accounting, marketing and finance.  The workshops, run by local business leaders, will equip young people with the confidence and skills necessary to succeed in the workplace, whatever career path they choose.
 
Local participants will be given the opportunity to undertake mentored work placements with local businesses and apply their academic learning to practical situations.
 
Commenting on the launch of the partnership, Chair of Bromley North Town Team and owner of the Bromley McDonald’s, franchise Tonina Hoang said:” I strongly believe that this project has the ability to give young people essential skills and experience, and has the power to help change the lives of those who take part. That is why myself and the other business owners are so enthusiastic about the scheme and why we can’t wait to get started so we can help celebrate and champion young people.”

Donald Forde Head of CPFC Foundation said: “The work that local business leaders like Tonina from McDonald’s are doing for young people in the area is fantastic; whether it’s supporting grassroots football or working with CPFC Foundation as part of the Town Team, they’re really going to extra mile to improve the prospects of young people.We will continue to work with these groups to help make sure that young people can take advantages of the great opportunities such as paid work placements.”

The new project sets out to appeal to a wide range of young people in the borough and offer a variety of learning opportunities. There will be 24 spaces for the fully funded FA Level 1 Coaching course at Bishop Justice School, Sponsored by McDonald’s Bromley, in association with Crystal Palace FC Foundation.
 
The FA Level 1 Award is the first step on the coaching pathway and includes crucial training such as first aid training.  Not only will this provide the necessary qualifications but also result in employment of newly qualified coaches at grass roots level. 

Attending the launch of the project, the Mayor of the London Borough of Bromley Cllr Ernest Noad commented: “This is a fantastic initiative which I hope will provide unique opportunities to young people in our borough.   By combining workshops on key business skills such as business planning, finance and accountancy with hands on mentoring will provide valuable insight and learnings. The partnership between business, community and charity is testament to the commitment of those involved to improve the opportunities for our young people”.