Archives for June 2014

Going the distance for Wheels for Change challenge

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Cyclists gear up for good turn from south London FC grounds

Scores of cyclists took to the saddle to take part in the Wheels for Change 100km cycling challenge, setting off from Barclays Premier League grounds Crystal Palace and Fulham on Sunday 24th of May.

The two London football clubs were taking part in the Wheels for Change cycling event in aid of UNICEF, the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people, and supported by Barclays.

Around 260 participants took to their bikes from seven Barclays Premier League affiliated venues in total, including Crystal Palace FC and Fulham.

Among the entrants were Donald Forde, Head of Foundation at Crystal Palace FC Foundation and his daughter Felixe, who said “It was great to be representing Palace and I met some really lovely people on the ride. I won’t pretend though. It was hard. Really hard.

An estimated £220,000 was raised which will help young people in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Catherine Cottrell, Deputy Executive Director of Fundraising, at UNICEF UK said: “What a fantastic achievement by all the cyclists who took part in the challenge. On behalf of the young people who will benefit from the money raised, I would like to say a huge thank you to not only those who cycled but also to everyone who sponsored them. It just proves how the power of sport really can save and change the lives of children and young people around the world.

Money raised from the Wheels for Change event enhances the ongoing work of the Barclays and UNICEF Building Young Futures partnership. The global partnership, which began in 2008, provides disadvantaged young people with the employability, enterprise and financial skills they need to find work, or set up their own small business. Almost a quarter of the world’s young people are unemployed and the problem is getting worse.

Musa Matovu, 23, who lives in a small rural village in Uganda, is just one of the young people benefiting from the Building Young Futures partnership.

In Uganda, a staggering 80 per cent of those aged 15-24 are unemployed and face bleak employment opportunities.

Musa, 23, who had to drop out of school to earn money to help his family, dreams of one day becoming a mechanic.

“I have missed the opportunity to become an engineer because I couldn’t complete my education, but repairing vehicles is the next best thing. There is a garage in town where I train for free. I hope to find ways of raising capital and one day open my own garage” he said.

The Building Young Futures training programme is helping Musa learn business, management and finance skills. He will then be able to apply for a grant so his dream of becoming a mechanic can become a reality.

Shane Hawkins, Founder of Wheels for Change and a Managing Director at Barclays said: “Wheels for Change was an amazing day, raising a fantastic £220,000 for UNICEF.

“Wheels for Change is about making a real difference to young people, like Musa, helping them to build stronger futures for themselves and their communities.”

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To find out more visit the Wheels for Change website: www.wheelsforchange.co.uk

For more information, please contact:
Lou Garrett UNICEF UK 020 7375 6047 LouiseG@unicef.org.uk or the UNICEF UK Press team on 020 7375 6030

South Africa and Proud

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Michael Harrington, Crystal Palace FC Foundation Sports Development Officer is just completing his South African tour of duty in Bloemfontein as part of an innovative employment project. The inspiration of Crystal Palace FC midfielder, Kagisho Dikgacoi, it brings together a partnership between Crystal Palace FC Foundation, the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and the KD Foundation which Kagisho personally set up to improve the life chances of young people growing up in South Africa.

Badged as the ‘Isagoyarana Football Coaching Development Programme’ it has been empowering, 18-24 year old, underprivileged South Africans to develop the necessary tools to enable them to become qualified coaches and youth workers in their own right.

Moranile Metsing, one of the 32 young people taking part said “The course was a great experience for me. I really enjoyed all the sessions. I really wish today was not the end of the programme”

Michael commented “Its been fantastic and I will take back with me the enthusiasm and spirit of young people who are part of the change in what is a such beautiful country. Special thanks to Paul Laemmle from ETA (who we were introduced to through foundation trustee, Gary Stannett) for organising such an inspirational programme”

Kagisho who was naturally on hand to see everything went to plan said “Poverty is the main factor that affects young people and their chances of reaching their potential not only in South Africa but the whole of Africa. We are a talented country sports-wise but because we have a lack of infrastructure and poverty. However to be in my own home today to see something that is doing something about it is great. This was only a pilot in what I want to be a much bigger programme”

David Groves, Chair of Trustees for Crystal Palace FC Foundation said. “I’m sure many Crystal Palace FC fans already know that we were the first club to play in South Africa at the end of Apartheid. I remember flying out there myself in 1992 and it’s a real privilege to be supporting KG and his vision for his home country. We are one Club, One Community”

New CPFC Foundation Fitter Fans Starting 18th June 30-39 year olds and 40+

Crystal Palace FC Foundation has an interest to ensure it plays a part in the health and well-being in the local community and fan base, working in partnership with Football League Trust.

This programme concentrates on men’s health and well-being for over 30’s. In recent years we have worked with close to 200 fans and due to popular demand from external agencies, we are now welcoming men over the age of 30 from the local community who are committed to the programme.

We are looking for 2 groups of men aged 30-39 and over 40’s, for the new cohort starting on Wednesday 18th, 7pm-9pm June for 10 weeks.

We have two strands to the Eagle Fitter Fans Programme:

  • 10 Week Introductory Programme
  • Weekly Football Sessions
  • The 10 week introductory programme consists of a 2 hour weekly session free of charge.

Each session has an informative workshop and fitness session with a weigh in and waist measure. The workshops vary each week and are built around:

  • Salts
  • Sugars
  • Fats
  • Food Labels
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol Consumption
  • Fluid Intake
  • Physical Activity
  • Q & A session with ex-player
  • Men’s Health

The fitness sessions also vary, it may be:

  • Swimming
  • Circuits
  • Walking Football
  • Gym Inductions
  • Goals 5-a-side
  • Futsal

fitterfansOnce a participant has completed the 10 weeks, they are then given opportunity to attend the weekly football sessions at Goals Soccer Centre. The first two sessions are free and then a small contribution is payable. This session attracts over 40 participants who have all attended the 10 week introductory programme. They play 5-a-side football and have been known to enter small sided leagues as part of the on-going programme of living a healthy lifestyle through Crystal Palace FC Foundation.

As an added bonus, the social element allows you to meet new people with similar common interests of a similar age. It also gives an opportunity to volunteer at Fitter Fans as well as a chance to have a pitch presentation during a match day experience.

“Attending the 10 week programme has changed my life around, I now take notice of what I am eating and trying to stay healthy. I have recently got my bike fixed and am cycling everywhere instead of driving short distances! As a result, I have lost more weight than I imagined I could but most of all, I have enjoyed it!”Fitter Fan

For more information on booking a place please contact admin@palaceforlife.org or on 0208 768 6047.

CPFC Foundation in South Africa and Proud – One Club, One Community

Michael in S Africa with KG

Michael Harrington, Crystal Palace FC Foundation Sports Development Officer has flown out to Bloemfontein in South Africa as part of an innovative employment project. The inspiration of Crystal Palace FC midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi it brings together a partnership between Crystal Palace FC Foundation, the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and representatives from the Kagisho Dikgacoi Foundation which Kagisho personally set up to improve the life chances of young people growing up in South Africa.

Michael in S aFRICA3Badged as the ‘Isagoyarana Football Coaching Development Programme’ it will empower 30, 18-24 year old, underprivileged South Africans to develop the necessary tools to enable them to become qualified coaches and youth workers in their own right. Michael will be passing on his football coaching skills as part of a wider accredited qualification set up through the Rio Ferdinand Foundation’s existing links in South Africa and introduces young people to the principles of youth work, interpersonal and business development skills.

Kagisho said “Poverty is the main factor that affects young people and their chances of reaching their potential not only in South Africa but the whole of Africa. We are a talented country sports-wise but because we have a lack of infrastructure and poverty, these can stand in someone’s way but with the KDF joining together with Rio and Crystal Palace FC Foundation we can help these kids and revive their dreams of whatever they wish to do and that will be great.

David Groves, Chair of Trustees for Crystal Palace FC Foundation said. “I’m sure many Crystal Palace FC fans already know that we were the first club to play in South Africa at the end of Apartheid. I remember flying out there myself in 1992 and it’s a real privilege to be supporting KG and his vision for his home country. We are one Club, One Community”

Bloemfontein classroom

Michael in S aFRICA

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