Archives for August 2014

Congratulations to the Summer Camp winners with tickets to Crystal Palace vs West Ham

Well done to all the lucky winners from our Summer Camp’s who have been awarded with two tickets to Crystal Palace’s home clash with West Ham.

This is testament to the hard work and effort that has been displayed by all of our winners and we could like to personally congratulate them by sending them and a plus one to this Saturday’s game.

The CPFC Foundation would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has participated in any of our Holiday Camps over the summer. Each venue has been a huge success, with many skills and tricks learnt along the way.

There are always chances to be involved in CPFC Foundation training and courses, throughout holidays as well as term time. For all those future stars out there, we encourage you to continue playing your football, and who knows one day it could be you representing the Palace first team at Selhurst Park.

We hope to see some familiar faces at our October half term courses, as well as some new players wishing to dazzle our coaches with their talent.

Let’s cheer on our mighty Eagles boys this Saturday! We will see our deserved winners at the game!


Crystal Palace FC Powerchair football team play first competitive friendly


The Crystal Palace FC Powerchair Football team travelled to Combe Bank School in Sevenoaks to play their first friendly against Sevenoaks PFC. The squad started training in November 2013 every Wednesday at the Fusion Waddon Leisure Centre as part Inclusive United. Inclusive United is a London United pan-London disability football initiative funded by the FA, Wembley National Stadium Trust and London Sport through the Sport England Sportivate initiative in partnership with Interactive London’s disability equality in sport charity. This funding expired in June 2014 and the CPFC Foundation and the Croydon Sports Development Team, in partnership with the Wheelchair FA, have managed to keep these sessions running resulting in the CPFC team being created and entering into the WFA’s regional league structure for season 2014/15.

Powerchair football is a fast moving indoor game played in a 4 aside format. Players range from 12 years and over and it is one of the only forms of football that both male and female players can play together.

The friendly with Sevenoaks PFC was arranged by Adam McEvoy, Regional Manager for the Wheelchair FA, who has been supporting these sessions at Waddon and lending his expertise to the players and coaches.

The match was a great success. Sevenoaks ran out 3-0 winners in a game where the Palace players started slowly and quickly conceded 2 goals before they managed to get to grips with the game and work out how to compete with the experienced Sevenoaks outfit. Great play from both teams, including the Palace keeper saving a penalty, was well appreciated by the watching crowd in this 40 minute match. At the end of the game both teams shook hands and the Palace players and coaches had the journey back to reflect upon their first real taste of Powerchair Football and all agreed there is much work to do but are very happy to be able to have this great opportunity for boys, girls, men and women to be able to play our fantastic game and to represent the mighty Crystal Palace Powerchair Football Team.

The Team are looking for additional funding to help support and develop their progress. If you are interested in getting involved, as a player, supporter, or funder, please get in touch:

Croydon Eagles Season Review 2013/14

Another season has just finished for the Croydon Eagles. It is now our fourth year together and things have gone from strength to strength. We now have a group of players who know each other pretty well. This has given us a sense of togetherness whenever we get together for matches and training sessions.

The season has been competitive but very enjoyable. It saw the Eagles pick up their first trophy, in which we beat the Brixton Pumas in the final of the Surrey County FA South London tournament at our home ground by two goals to nil, Dan B bagging both goals.

We also played in a national tournament in Lewes and the Street Revolution Inclusion cup at Elmers End. The Eagles gave a good account of ourselves in both and were unlucky to come away empty handed although both were immensely enjoyable.

The Talk Easy Trust invited us to play in an exhibition match at Carshalton’s ground to highlight Mental Health Stigma where youth just edged out experience but again showed how mental health football is growing

It was our last season in the South London Grassroots League before moving into the Surrey FA MH League. We finished fifth, winning nine and losing seven. This included some fiercely fought games (well, not too fierce) played at a pretty high standard. There could be some guys and girls who could have played at a decent level if things had turned out different. That’s why it’s crucial that people who have been through mental health illness are given the chance to play the game they love.

Our association with the Crystal Palace FC Foundation has also grown. We have received a new kit, been in the match day programme, and lest I forget, appeared on a little football show on TV you may have heard of, Match of the Day, which was arranged by the team at the CPFC Foundation. It is a great feeling for all of us to be teamed up with a premier league club. More and more league and non-league clubs are now supporting mental health football projects. Hopefully it will grow and grow.

We gave out a number of awards, star man and top scorer Abu receiving player of the year, and Joseph Tchembe getting most improved player. Gel Clifford received the manager’s award.

So here’s to another successful season in the new Surrey League.

With thanks to Peter Rogers and Alex Rolfe-Sanders (Mind in Croydon), Paul Richards (team captain and volunteer), Michael Harrington (CPFC Foundation) and all of the players.

Croydon Eagles are supported by Mind in Croydon and the Crystal Palace Foundation.

Goal Scorers season 2013/14: Abu 27, Paul 23, Dan B 21, Calvin 18, Dan M 14, Tony 12, Marlon 10, Tim, Kelvin, Ajay 6 each, James and Cem 1 each.

Local McDonald’s teams up with Crystal Palace FC Foundation and Surrey FA to help kick start coaching careers across the Borough


The Surrey FA and McDonald’s have joined forces with the Crystal Palace FC Foundation to support local young people’s ambitions to work in the football industry.

24 teenagers and young adults were invited to attend a fully-funded FA Level 1 Coaching Course at Bishop Justus School in Bromley, giving participants a great platform to launch a successful career in football coaching along with offering practical skills such as Emergency First-Aid and best practice when working with children.

The Surrey FA and the Crystal Palace Foundation will now work closely with the aspiring coaches to secure work placements at grassroots clubs to gain experience and secure full-time employment.

The partnership is part of the ‘Youth Entrepreneur Project’, which sees businesses across Bromley North work with the Crystal Palace FC Foundation and Bromley Council to help harness and develop entrepreneurial skills of young people and provide much needed employment opportunities.

Tonina Hoang, franchisee McDonald’s restaurants across Bromley, said: “I’m thrilled to be part of this project alongside Crystal Palace Football Club Foundation and Surrey FA and firmly believe it has the power to help change the lives of people who take part. It’s hugely important that businesses like mine champion young people and provide opportunities that will ultimately lead to employment, be that in coaching or whatever career they choose”.

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.”

Craig Hicks, Coach Education Officer at the Surrey FA, said: “Working in football at any level is competitive and it’s important that we can give young people a head start in their coaching careers. Every participant on the course has shown great potential, and I have every confidence in saying they will go on to make a real impact on players at the grassroots level and beyond.”