Archives for September 2014

The CPFC Foundation are proud to be selected as a finalist for the Football Business Awards!


The Crystal Palace FC Foundation are delighted to announce that we have been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Football Business Awards, with the ceremony taking place in November at Stamford Bridge.

The category we will be competing in, Best Football Community Scheme, is full of stiff competition from the respective Foundations of Everton, Charlton, Chelsea and Fulham to name a few. We are confident that our submission emulates the tremendous community nature of CPFC as a club, the resilience and tenacity of the Eagles team on the pitch and the pride of our loyal fan base and surrounding communities.

This is testament to the hard work and spirit of all the team, and deserved recognition for all the efforts being ploughed in to our programmes.

To be selected among some of the most highly regarded Foundations, not just in London, but in the country, is a real honour for us and we would like to thank the continued support of CPFC, the fans and the local community in aiding the success of many of our wonderful schemes and initiatives!

Big Thank you campaign


The CPFC Foundation are enlisting our trusted fan’s help to put forward your nominations for the Barclays ‘Big Thank-you’ campaign. This person could be a fellow fan, an influential person in the local community or someone directly involved with the club.

The categories are as follows:

  • Beyond the Call of duty – someone who devotes their time/effort to others and goes above and beyond what is expected of them.
  • Fair Play – someone who demonstrates a fair and level attitude, promotes inclusion, is always impartial and open-minded.
  • Inclusion / Diversity – someone who promotes the diversity of our rich culture and recognises the need to integrate anyone regardless of background.
  • Stewardship – the special attention/care of the management of something/someone. This person should be trusting, responsible, considerate and thoughtful.

If you happen to know anybody who would fit neatly in to any of these categories and deserves special recognition then please contact the Foundation with a name and reasons for your nomination:

The winners of the respective awards will receive special acknowledgment/reward from the Barclays Premier League and a slot in our CPFC match-day programme.

Calling all Eagles Fitter Fans!


New class starting Wednesday 1st October 2014 at 7pm. Call to book your place now!

Crystal Palace FC has an interest to ensure it plays a part in the health and well-being in the local community and fan base.

This programme concentrates on men’s health and well-being for over 40’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.

The 10 week introductory programme consists of a 2 hour weekly session free of charge. Each session has an hour of informative workshops and an hour of Multi-fitness and sports, with the inclusion of Health Checks which includes a weigh in, waist measure, Blood pressure check and much more. We have divided this into three parts for the Eagle Fitter Fans Programme:

  • Induction week (Week 1 at the CPFC Study Centre, Selhurst Park, SE25 6PU)
  • Weekly workshops (Week 2 to 8 at the Waddon Leisure Centre, Purley Way, CR0 4RG)
  • Weekly Sports activities (Week 2-8 at the Waddon Leisure Centre, Purley Way, CR0 4RG)
  • Grand Finale (Week 10 at Beckenham Goals North, Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, BR3 1NZ

The workshops vary each week and are built around:

  • Healthy Eating
  • MI Change
  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Stroke Awareness
  • Stop Smoking
  • Health Checks

The Multi-fitness and sports sessions will be run by our experienced CPFC Foundation Coaches, and will include:

  • Football Fitness
  • Gym Induction
  • Fitness Circuits
  • Gym Challenges
  • Individual Fitness sessions
  • Walking Football
  • Mini Soccer (2v2, 3v3)
  • ‘Mystery’ Session!
  • Goals 5-a-side

fitterfans_02Once a participant has completed the 10 weeks, they are then given the opportunity to attend the weekly football sessions at Goals Soccer Centre. A small fee is charged for attendance on the continuation programme. This session attracts over 40 participants weekly, who have all attended the 10 week introductory programme. They play 5-a-side football and have been known to enter small sided tournaments 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 you the 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 (Group 8)

For more information on booking a place please contact or on 0208 768 6047.

Croydon Eagles kick off Surrey with cup victory

The Croydon Eagles have just put down their mark on the Surrey mental health league by being crowned the winners of the Surrey Community Cup. Croydon Eagles are Crystal Palace FC and Mind In Croydon’s representatives in the Surrey FA mental health league.

In a brilliant day at the Walton-on-Thames venue that will be used for all the forthcoming fixtures in the league, the sun shone in more ways than one. Five teams competed in a league format with the top team winning. We began the day with a longer than expected walk to the venue. This happened to take in a nice stroll along a very picturesque part of the River Thames, which we used as our warm up for the tournament. A masterstroke by Peter Rogers as it turned out. We were made to feel very welcome by the organisers and the other teams. We were the new team so this was appreciated.

To the tournament; we kicked off with a very tight game against the current league and cup holders Kingstonian Mind. We eventually prevailed with a 1-0 win, thanks to a great goal by Dan M. We followed this up with another 1-0 win against Rushmoor. Dan M again proving the match winner after coming off the bench following a great tactical decision by player coach Paul Richards and coach Michael Harrington. The next game was won by two goals to nil against Guildford, with goals by Tony Thompson and Paul Richards. This included a free kick routine that could have come straight out of the premier league. This all climaxed in a game versus Woking Minders that might have come out of the pages of Roy of the Rovers.

We required a win or a draw that would win us the trophy. Things started to turn against us when a controversial decision resulted in Woking taking the lead. This they held until the final few minutes. We all thought that was it, ‘plucky losers’, a term we wanted to shake. The ball fell to our former keeper, Gel Clifford, who had been playing outfield due to two broken fingers. He made a run, found his spot, and bang 1-1. The cup was heading back to Croydon, with the unlikely hero getting the crucial goal. No offence Gel.

After five years of trying, the Eagles had their trophy. It feels brilliant for these guys who have seen tough times to go through this journey together. The tournament was played in a really good spirit and we were touched by the ovation we received from all the other teams. We look forward to the coming season with high hopes and we hope that our continued partnership with Crystal Palace FC and Mind In Croydon brings us more success on and off pitch.

With thanks to Peter Rogers and Alex Rolfe-Sanders (Mind), Paul Richards and Michael Harrington (Crystal Palace Foundation).

CPFC Foundation run the Finals of the Lambeth Summer World Cup Tournament


In a summer filled with football woes for every hopeful England fan, The CPFC Foundation were delighted to present a World Cup Tournament that we were all actually proud to be a part of.

The CPFC Foundation team were honoured to take the mantle passed on from Fulham FC Foundation to run the Lambeth Summer World Cup Finals Tournament.
The Lambeth Summer World Cup is part of a Lambeth Council HAP initiative which provides a Holiday Activity Programme for young people in the area. These schemes are essential to ensuring that young people are occupied during the summer months with stimulating, active and engaging events to participate in. It is also important that we give some of our harder to reach or volatile young people a place where they feel stable and supported.   
The Finals of the tournament, held at the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace were a great success. CPFC Foundation coaches were on hand to facilitate the event and referee individual games from the three age groups taking part – under 12s, 14s and 16s.    
The day was capped off by the visit of the Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Adedamola Aminu, who kindly took pictures with the winning teams of all respective age groups. 

Trevor East, Community Sports & Physical Activity Manager for Lambeth Council, commented: ‘The tournament was well run and every team were led and organised efficiently. More importantly it looked as though all the players thoroughly enjoyed their time at Crystal Palace’. A big success all round!
We would like to personally thank all the teams that participated; and look forward to organising a similar event in our home borough of Croydon for 2015.


Crystal Palace FC Foundation praised in forum on inclusion


pl2Crystal Palace FC Foundation’s power chair league cited as best practice while club to boost local kids’ health

Crystal Palace FC Foundation’s work in encouraging inclusion has been highlighted at a forum to discuss and advise grassroots clubs about equality in football.

Football pressure groups, local clubs and champions for inclusion joined forces at Selhurst Park last month at the event organised by the Surrey FA in conjunction with The FA. Kick It Out and Football v Homophobia were invited to discuss their work along with disability coaches, Mental Health in Football ambassadors, FA coach mentors and Christian League representatives.

The event showcased the work that goes on to create a diverse football community at all levels of the game, offering best-practice examples to clubs and organisations on how to increase inclusion within their own structure.

Among the best-practice examples was the Crystal Palace Foundation’s power chair league, which has grown from one team to an entire league, and also the Foundation’s work with a delegation of Indian female footballers who visited to improve the women and girls game.

Outstanding individuals, who are dubbed “Local Community Heroes” having broken down barriers within the game, also shared stories about their journeys within football. These included Levi, 19 and Zee, 21, who were on the Crystal Palace Foundation’s Aspire to Engage programme and are now part-time coaches at the club. Paul Richards also discussed his role as Palace’s mental health ambassador and how funding through the Surrey FA has supported the disability team he coaches.

Duane Jack, who coaches at local non-league side AFC Croydon Town, of the Combined Counties Football League, was one of more than 30 people who attended and the event gave him ideas to take back to his club and to spread through his players.

“It’s been incredibly helpful and insightful to see what’s available and what is being done to support ethnic minorities in football,” Jack said. “FA Coach Mentor Steve Smithies has offered great guidance and I will be using what I learnt tonight to give my players a head start on the coaching ladder to add to their playing experience.”

Palace programme to improve kids’ lifestyles

Palace’s work with youngsters in their community has also gone to a new level with a joint programme established with Sutton Council to improve the health and wellbeing of local children and young people.

Under the three-year programme, Palace will work with the council to encourage sport and healthy lifestyles to year 5 and 6 pupils in 30 primary schools, by introducing, among other things, provision for new football development centres for affordable out-of-school activities, 10 new early-morning breakfast clubs to provide additional physical activity but also address concerns around lateness and punctuality.

“It’s fantastic and forward thinking that local councils like Sutton are looking to our Foundation to help deliver their vision for the borough,” Steve Browett co-owner of Crystal Palace, said. “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, was pleased to be part of the new programme, which she called “a fantastic partnership that can provide long-lasting positive results and teach our young children the fun and enjoyment that playing sport can bring”. She added: “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.”


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Croydon Eagles triumph at Surrey Community Football Challenge Cup


The CPFC Foundation Adult Mental health Football Team, the Croydon Eagles, had their first taste of the Surrey Community League at the Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Centre on Friday 5th September. This league has come about from the strong partnership between the Surrey FA and local charities working within the Mental Health Community.

The Eagles ran out winners in the round robin 5 team tournament, notching up 3 victories and a draw against teams from Kingston, Woking, Leacroft and East Surrey.

The Croydon Eagles have developed weekly with football training sessions ran in the CPFC Academy Dome, Wednesday at 3.30pm. This session is designed for men and women who have experienced mental health issues to help enable them to get the benefits, both physically and socially, of our great sport. Football and other physical activities are crucial in helping people who have had mental health issues keep fit, feel a part of a team/squad, and provide a social environment with likeminded people.

For further details, or to discuss any part of our extensive Disability Pacific program, please contact Michael Harrington on 020 8768 6052 or



ZRF Asian Football Festival

The Crystal Palace FC Foundation will work alongside the Zesh Rehman Foundation (ZRF) this season, starting by supporting next month’s Asian Football Festival.

The free event takes place on Sunday 7 September at the Streatham-Croydon Rugby Club in Thornton Heath and aims to encourage more children to participate in grassroots football and subsequently find local junior clubs and activities, where they can play more regularly.

Children attending will be given the opportunity to learn from Crystal Palace FC Foundation coaches, who will support their ZRF counterparts who are part of the Premier League and Professional Footballers’ Association funded ‘Sidelined-2-Sidelines’ (s2s) coaching programme.

ZRF Founder and former Fulham defender Zesh, said: ‘The Asian Football Festival is not a talent identification day or about giving talented Asian footballers the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of scouts from professional clubs. It is about the 100 per cent rather than the one per cent.

‘More players represented at grassroots clubs will widen the opportunities for Asian players to be identified and recruited within development centres and academies.’

The Crystal Palace FC Foundation coaches will be present on the day to support delivery and promote the different inclusion programmes available to children across London via the Foundation.

The event in September will also be supported by Chelsea FC Foundation, Kick It Out, Surrey FA and the London FA.

To find out more about the festival and register please visit