Crystal Palace Foundation coaches amongst local group celebrating their first Coaching Badges alongside Sir Geoff Hurst at Selhurst Park
A group of twenty budding coaches from Bromley were presented with their Level 1 Coaching Badges at a celebratory event with England legend Sir Geoff Hurst championing the importance of football at a grassroots level.
The local group included McDonald’s employees, Crystal Palace fans, Crystal Palace academy players and young people who are involved with the club’s community project, Crystal Palace FC Foundation.
The badges were awarded on the pitch at half time in Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace took on Aston Villa and recognised the fantastic work the young group have put in to earning their first coaching badge. The coaching programme held at Bishop Justus School in Bromley, was funded by Local McDonald’s Franchisee, Tonina Hoang and aimed to encourage young people to get involved in the grassroots game.
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’, initiated by Tonina Hoang, Franchisee of McDonald’s and Chair of Bromley’s Town Team. The project sees businesses across Bromley North work with Crystal Palace FC Foundation, Bromley Council and JusB to help harness and develop entrepreneurial skills of young people and provide much needed employment opportunities.
Tonina, whose own employees were amongst those earning their first coaching badges, said: “It’s great to see this group’s hard work being rewarded. Their first step on the coaching ladder is an exciting one and I look forward to seeing their future development. Our football programme allows us to help in a practical way, like this coaching initiative, as well as providing kit for kids to be proud of and to support the dedicated volunteers, who give up many hours of their free time.”
McDonald’s Director for Football, Sir Geoff Hurst who was also on hand during the event added: “The McDonald’s Community Football Programme equips clubs with the right training tools and kit to enable them to offer a great standard of grassroots football to the young people in their community. It is the help of franchisees like Tonina Hoang and partnerships of McDonald’s with Premier League Clubs such as Crystal Palace that allows grassroots football clubs to flourish.’