Archives for July 2014

Croygas Youth FC Learning Difficulties Teams

The Crystal Palace FC Foundation are linking up with Croygas Youth FC to enter an U12s Mixed Pan Disability team (age 8-12yrs) in to the Surrey Football For All League.

The Football For All League provides professionally organised football fun for players with any type of disability, aged from 7 years through to adult.


Croygas Youth FC are looking for some new recruits, both Boys and Girls, to join in the upcoming taster sessions taking place on:

On Sunday 27th July 10.30am-12.00pm
and on following Tuesday evenings (July 29th, Aug 5th, 12th and 19th) from 6.30pm-7.30pm.

For more information call Bob Watson (manager) on 07932 092725 or alternatively email

Bishop Justus School Bromley Advanced Coaching Programme


Crystal Palace FC Foundation’s advanced coaching programme in Bromley takes place at Bishops Justus School. The programme is very popular with over 90 children signed up and attending on a weekly basis, the sessions are have been set up in order to increase the resources available to the Foundation’s Player Development Centre. Courses are run on an invitation only basis; players identified by the Foundation’s coaches as demonstrating ability above intermediate level are invited to attend a 6 week coaching course. At the end of each course, players are assessed by their coaches on how well they have progressed during their time at the centre and subsequently informed of their graded player level.

coaching02The group at Bishops Justus were lucky enough to have a special coaching session for the final session of the season with Crystal Palace Legend John Salako spending time with each of our age groups. John run small sided games with the children and offered expert advice to the young people at the end of each session, at the end of the training John was great again with offering his experiences and further guidance in a Q&A.

Finally John presented 5 of our players with invitations to the CPFC Foundation development centre due to the hard work and exception level they had performed at throughout the sessions.

The Foundation will be running sessions all throughout the summer for children aged 5-12 years and for more information on these please call 020 8768 6047 or visit Football Holiday Courses 2014




Eagles Fitter Fans Tour 2014

The Eagles Fitter Fans tour of Holland seemed a long time coming but after a lot of planning 15 members of the CPFC Foundation Eagles Fitter Fans programme were eagerly preparing for the first of 2 games in 2 days.

Match 1 – GSBW Goirle V CPFC Eagles Fitter Fans


fitterfans02Squad: Andy Burton, Dave Ebrey, Aiden Devaney, Alex Bailey, Jamie Byrne, David Smith, Mick Burbidge, Gary Evans, Johnny Deveraux, Ian Lewis, Gary Phillips, Dave Moran, John Harris, Lee Wenban.

Eagles Fitter Fans arrived at Goirle after a busy morning which included a visit to PSV Eindhoven’s Philips Stadion raring to go. The hosts were very welcoming and provided fantastic facilities with our Fitter Fans lining up on a full size 3g Astroturf pitch. The game kicked off and things were very even with both sided creating good chances and the Goalkeepers in fine form pulling off some fine saves to keep the scores even. Around 30 minutes in the deadlock was broken, with a clearance from Fitter Fans GK, Andy Burton being cut out and some quick thinking from the GSBW forward a long range effort was just beyond the grasp of Andy and found the back of the net.

Things remained tight until a long diagonal ball over the Fitter Fans back 4 lead to the first goal with the GSBW winger outpacing the defence to tuck the ball home on 40 minutes, having found this to be a potent threat, GSBW employed this tactic several times before half time and found the right ball on the stroke of half time and went in 3 goals to the good.

Half time gave the Eagles Fitter Fans a chance to regroup and make a few changes to tactics and personnel and this paid dividends as from the GSBW kick off the Fitter Fans were able to nick the ball back and some good work in the midfield drew the defenders in and left Fitter Fans forward Gary Phillips in acres of space, a fine through ball found Gary who slotted into the far corner to bring the score to 3-1. The Fitter Fans continued to give the GSBW defence problems and the midfield duo of Mick Burbidge and Gary Evans were impressing with some sharp passing creating a number of opportunities which were well saved by the keeper.

With GSBW also still applying pressure and a scramble in the CPFC area saw the ball fall kindly to a GSBW midfielder who apologetically tapped the ball into the open goals for a 4-1 lead, things were not getting any better for the Fitter Fans as another long ball was collected by the GSBW forward who finished well into the top corner.

The Fitter Fans showed great character and continued to push forward and managed to tighten up defensively, John Harris & Dave Ebrey showed some great footwork in the build up to some good attacking play, with the GSBW keeper in top form and a bit of bad luck from Fitter Fans players Dave Ebrey, Mick Burbidge and Gary Phillips the score remained the same, until another fine passing move out from the back, started by Jamie Byrne saw the Fitter Fans work their way up the pitch and into a good position, The ball was collected the ball on the edge of the 18 yard box and the strike caught the keeper wrong footed and brought the game back to 5-2. After the restart the Fitter Fans quickly won the ball back and started another attack which put Gary Phillips clean through with the keeper off his line and everyone expecting a cultured chip over him, Gary surprised us all by taking an extra touch and slotting the ball under the keeper and bring the game back to 5-3

The pressure continued and some good work between Johnny Deveraux & Davis Smith lead to a free kick in a promising area and a chance to put pressure on the GSBW defence and keeper. CPFC filled the box with only minutes to go with Johnny Deveraux over the free kick. Some great movement in the box lead to a few CPFC player losing their markers but unfortunately the ball ended up just out of their reach!

The final whistle went to end the game with a 5-3 victory to GSBW, but a strong performance from the CPFC Eagles Fitter Fans was encouraging. Gary Evans was awarded man of the match for a fine display in the centre of midfield.

Match 2 – V V. Hekelingem V CPFC Eagles Fitter Fans


fitterfans04Squad: Andy Burton, Dave Ebrey, Aiden Devaney, Alex Bailey, Jamie Byrne, David Smith, Mick Burbidge, Gary Evans, Johnny Deveraux, Ian Lewis, Gary Phillips, Dave Moran, John Harris, Lee Wenban.

An early kick off for the second game was made difficult after problems with the team bus and the Fitter Fans arrived late and had to change a start quickly. Before they were able to get into their stride they were 4-0 down, mainly due to the pace (and age) of the Hekelingem forward, after 25 minutes. The character of the team was great and they continued to work hard and managed to pull 1 back with an expertly guided header from Gary Phillips after some 1 touch football from the midfield. Tired legs were showing and Hekelingem returned to their 4 goal lead with a long range strike.

After a good spell of passing from back to front the ball fell invitingly to Gary Evans who drilled the ball into the bottom corner to make it 5-2, unfortunately Hekelingem were proving to be a tough opponent and again scored making it 6-3. There was still time for 1 more goal before the break and some high pressing from the CPFC forwards and wide players forced a back pass which the keeper panicked and pick up. From the free kick the ball was shifted quickly and captain Johnny Deveraux stuck the ball past the wall and into the roof of the net.

The second half was to bring 3 more goals with the first 2 going to Hekelingem giving them an impressive 8-3 score line. The Fitter Fans dug in and denied any more goals and some good individual displays from Jamie Byrne dribbling out of defence and Lee Wenban linking up with the ever present midfield duo of Mick Burbidge and Gary Evans helped to create a few opportunities which were not taken. Late on CPFC Fitter Fans were able to add a little more respectability to the score line when a shot by Gary Phillips fell kindly to Ian Lewis who struck the ball low into the far corner.

Jamie Byrne was awarded man of the match and Gary Phillips ended the tour as the Fitter Fans top goal scorer with 3.

The trip was a great exhibition for the Foundation’s Fitter Fans programme and CPFC Foundation would like to take the opportunity to thank the Fitter Fans for their hard work and continued success of the programme. If you would like any more information regarding the Eagles Fitter Fans programme please contact Rob Perrett on 020 8768 6047 or


Palace To Take Centre Stage At City Of London Festival

city-of-london-fest-4361-1708825_478x359Football will take centre stage at the City of London Festival as Crystal Palace Football Club teams up with the Shoe Lane Library to present an exciting morning of storytelling and sporting fun.

The festival’s ‘Storybook World Cup’ event will be held in the Bowler Hat theatre, Paternoster Square, between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Saturday 12th July.

Stories will be read by popular children’s author Helena Pielichaty and comedian Mark Steel, while there will also be a special performance from theatre group Kazzum.

Tickets for the event are available free of charge, but must be booked in advance through the Barbican Box Office on 0845 120 7502.

Visit the official City of London Festival website HERE for further information.

Crystal Palace FC sign up with Sutton


Sutton Council has joined forces with the Crystal Palace FC Foundation to deliver an innovative sport and physical activity programme to improve the health and well-being of local children and young people.

We will work with Sutton Council on a three-year programme, key elements of which include:

  • Combining sport and physical activity with healthy lifestyles education to year 5 & 6 pupils in 30 primary schools
  • Increasing the provision of affordable out of school activities including new football development centres
  • Supporting 10 new early morning breakfast clubs to provide additional physical activity but also address concerns around lateness and punctuality
  • Building on our work to engage young people at the Sutton Life Centre where we can show a track record of young people we first engaged with as participants, now working for the foundation as community coaches and youth workers.
  • A professional nutritionist will help ensure that the programme leads to national best practice and a board of key council officers has been brought together to support the programme. Rigorous monitoring and evaluation has also been introduced and the results of what the programme has achieved will be presented to councillors at the end of the year.

Steve Browett co-owner of Crystal Palace Football Club said:

“It’s fantastic and forward thinking that local councils like Sutton are looking to our Foundation to help deliver their vision for the borough. Crystal Palace FC might well be in the Premier League but we are still very much a family club with deep roots in the local community. We are all passionate about Crystal Palace FC, what it stands for and how it can inspire young and old alike.”

Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council said:

“This is a fantastic partnership that can provide long lasting positive results and teach our young children the fun and enjoyment that playing sport can bring. It is brilliant that we have the expertise of Crystal Palace FC on board. Together we can work to promote health and wellbeing across the borough, educating our youngsters in making well-informed decisions in regards to their health”.

For more information, contact Gary Mulcahey, Soye Briggs or Donald Forde at the Crystal Palace FC Foundation on 020 8768 6047.