Archives for November 2014

Crystal Palace FC hunt for a new star in India with the CPFC Foundation


PROMISING young Indian footballers will compete for the chance to train at the Crystal Palace Academy in a ground-breaking initiative by the Premier League Club.

A Crystal Palace delegation, led by club ambassador Mark Bright, will be at Barclays Premier League Live, the Premier League’s international fan park in Mumbai next month. The weekend of events on December 13-14 will showcase the world’s most-watched teams.

Crystal Palace has teamed up with Mumbai City FC and Star Sports to stage a trial on Thursday December 11th for the best 16-19 year-olds in the region.

The 12 most promising youngsters will then be invited to show their skills at the weekend event in front of thousands of spectators.

The winner of the Play for Palace trial will come to London to train with the club’s hottest young prospects. The Crystal Palace Academy has a long tradition of developing young talent – former Academy members include Premier League stars Victor Moses, Wilfred Zaha, Nathaniel Clyne and Wayne Routledge.

Mark Bright, who scored more than 100 goals during his Palace career, said: “This will be the chance of a lifetime. The winner of the competition will get a fantastic experience playing at the Academy and then go back to India to become an ambassador for Palace.

“This is a unique initiative. Everyone has a favourite local team and favourite overseas team – we want football fans in India to follow us.

“We know cricket is the number one sport in India, but football is global and it would be great to see an Indian-born player in the Premier League one day. They would become an idol and an inspiration”.

Crystal Palace chief executive Phil Alexander said: “We are very excited to be going to India to show ourselves to a new army of fans. The Premier League is booming in India and it’s a great chance for us to extend the club’s reach”.

The CPFC Foundation team, is also holding two days of coaching sessions for youngsters aged 12-16 at two local schools, led by UEFA ‘A’ Licence coach Gary Mulcahey, and in partnership with the Magic Bus charity. There will also be an evening workshop for coaches and volunteers at local clubs.

Palace’s initiative is part of a long-term plan to build lasting relationships in Mumbai and improve footballing standards in the region. The club has strong roots in south London but has a global following and recognises that football is becoming increasingly popular in India with the launch of the Indian Super League.

Mumbai City FC is one of the leading clubs in the newly established league. Co-owned by Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor and business colleague Bimal Parekh, the team is coached by former England midfielder Peter Reid, who can call upon ex-Premier League stars, Freddie Ljunberg and Nicolas Anelka, in his squad.

Star Sports is Asia’s leading sports TV networks and is the official Barclays Premier League rights holder in India and the region.

A Mumbai City spokesman said: “India, and Mumbai in particular, has a lot of football talent waiting to be harnessed and promoted. This initiative will provide a great platform for the youth of the city to showcase their skills and win the opportunity of a lifetime”.

Former Premier League stars Robbie Fowler and Peter Schmeichel will also be at BPL Live where fans can watch Premier League matches on big screens, see the Barclays Premier League trophy and learn more about the top clubs.

CPFC Foundation proud to announce a new partnership with Carshalton Boys Sports College


carshaltonThe Crystal Palace FC Foundation are proud to announce a new partnership with Carshalton Boys Sports College in Sutton, offering 30 young people aged 16 to 18 the opportunity to participate in a Football Academy programme whist following a full time educational pathway.

Players will learn and train at Carshalton Boys Sports College under the educational expertise of tutors from the college. Coaches from the Crystal Palace FC Foundation will be resident at the college and will be responsible for delivering the football coaching syllabus, involving tactical, technical, psychological and physical attributes which will lead the young people to gain valuable football experience and coaching qualifications.

The programme looks to challenge players’ football ability by competing at the highest level. The teams will compete in a number of potential Leagues including Conference Youth Alliance League, Southern Youth Floodlit League and the Premier League/Football League Development League where the most talented players have opportunities to trial at local semi-professional and professional clubs as well as being supported through college scholarship applications.

Key benefits of the football academy programme include:

  • Access to high quality coaching and daily access to a UEFA qualified coaching team
  • Branded match and training kit
  • First class coaching from a Premier League team
  • Injury support from a physiotherapist
  • Behind the scenes look at Crystal Palace Football Club
  • Mentoring of students by football coaches
  • Additional sports coaching qualifications alongside studies
  • Opportunities for work experience and volunteering with Crystal Palace FC Foundation
  • Potential employment opportunities.
  • Opportunity to study a full educational programme of A-Levels or BTEC’s.

The education programme offered at Carshalton Boys Sports College will enable players to study a full programme of A-Level or BTEC courses offered at the centre. Potential players are actively encouraged to visit the school and to discuss future career plans to ensure students are on the right pathway for their career choices.

Donald Forde, Head of Foundation at Crystal Palace FC, says: “We are delighted to be involved with our neighbours at Carshalton Boys Sports College, and this adds more value to our activities already being delivered at the heart of the community in Sutton. This will give young people the unique opportunity to develop their football, educational and social skills in a sporting environment, while gaining A-level or BTEC qualifications.”

Steve Bosdet, Head of PE at Carshalton Boys, adds: “We are extremely excited to be offering the football academy programme, where elite football development opportunities will be combined with a high quality educational programme. Sport plays a vital role in the development of the whole child at Carshalton Boys, where we inspire pupils to enjoy and achieve through sport. We see the partnership supporting our aims and providing valuable experiences enabling the students to progress to University, Employment or Careers in Sport.”

Simon Barber, Principal at Carshalton Boys, adds “We are extremely proud to be developing the experiences for our students. This is a great opportunity and we are looking forward to a successful partnership with Crystal Palace.”

Trials and Interviews for the Football Academy will be taking place at Carshalton Boys Sports College in Sutton during February half term 2015 respectively.

Anyone interested in registering for the programme needs to complete an application form by 8th December 2014. Please see for full information on the programme and application process.

For any questions or more details please contact Steve Bosdet at Carshalton Boys Sports College on 020 8714 3100 or email

First Crystal Palace FC Foundation Down’s Syndrome football coaching session


Crystal Palace FC Foundation launched their inaugural Down’s Syndrome football coaching session at the De Stafford Sports Centre in Caterham last Thursday evening.

The session is funded through a partnership with Inclusive United and the Tandridge Sports Trust and is delivered by specialist Disability Officer, Michael Harrington, from the Crystal Palace FC Foundation in association with the DSA.

It provides young footballers with Down’s Syndrome aged 12+ the opportunity to participate in weekly coaching sessions with like-minded young people of similar abilities. This initiative is a fantastic example of how Crystal Palace operate on the forefront of community activity and take pride in providing all children and young people with the chance to identify themselves within sport.

Anthony Gibson, participant: ‘I really liked it. Will definitely be coming back’.

Michael Harrington, Disability Lead Officer: ‘The Foundation pays exceptional attention to guaranteeing all of our programmes and initiatives are inclusive. It is important for us to reach out to every strand of our communities to ensure every person has access and equal opportunity to play sport. In this case, the emphasis is on providing a platform for children with Down’s Syndrome to engage with similar children in a fun and safe environment, whilst enjoying some football’.

The sessions will run every Wednesday at the De Stafford Sports Centre from 5-6pm. The Foundation would like to encourage any young person who would like be involved to get in contact with Michael Harrington: Or visit our website for more information:

CPFC are honoured to receive a Mark of Excellence at the Football Business Awards


The Crystal Palace FC Foundation are delighted to receive a Mark of Excellence in the Best Football Community Scheme category at last Thursday’s prestigious Football Business Awards Ceremony.

On the night we were honored to hold company with one of the football world’s great ambassadors and true footballing legend Sir Bobby Charlton. The Foundation was overwhelmingly proud to receive acknowledgement for our work in the presence of such a distinguished hero.

Our category was full of strong competition from the respective Foundations of Everton, Charlton, Chelsea, Liverpool and Fulham to name a few. Sure enough, with a number of underdogs triumphing in earlier categories, the CPFC Foundation were named as runners up, behind Sporting Memories, as Best Football Community Scheme.

To receive a mark of excellence in this category is a huge achievement for the Foundation and is testament to the hard work and spirit of all the team. To be recognised nationally among the industry’s top community schemes and to fend off competition from a number of large London clubs makes this triumph one of the most successful in the Foundation’s history.

This will spur us on to broaden our reach even further in the hope that we can make a real and lasting impact on more people who remain vulnerable in society. This begins in our home borough of Croydon but extends to all of our surrounding communities as we act as a hub for sporting activity, youth development and general community care and support.

“Crystal Palace FC are proud to be recognised as a leading club on the forefront of community activity. We cherish our roots as a family run club with a special attachment to our local people and their communities. It is especially gratifying to see recognition being extended to our CPFC Foundation as reward for all the success of recent community programs.” – Phil Alexander CEO Crystal Palace FC