Archives for March 2015

Fraizer on 4 wheels

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Crystal Palace striker Fraizer Campbell takes to four wheels in support of the Crystal Palace FC Foundation Powerchair Football session.

The Palace Foundation run weekly Powerchair sessions in association with Freesport and the Wheelchair Football Association (WFA). The sessions give wheelchair users the opportunity to benefit from the unique physical and social benefits that football can offer.

Powerchair football is a 4 v 4 indoor game with two goals, played with a larger size 9 football and is under the guidance of the WFA, which was formed in 2005 to govern the sport of Powerchair Football in England. It is a fast-moving disability football game, which has been compared as a wheelchair football equivalent to the creativity-driven Futsal.

The content of the sessions include chair management (starting/stopping, maneuverability, increase/decrease speed, space awareness), ball mastery, rules of the game, match play, technical and tactical awareness.

Our much-loved Palace forward held a Q&A session with the Powerchair participants on being a professional footballer and his love for the game. Fraizer also jumped in a Powerchair himself to experience what it was like to play football on four wheels.

Visits like this are invaluable to our disabled participants, many of whom were entirely disengaged with sport until attending Foundation programmes. Fraizer commented how important it is that sport reaches all levels of our community and that Palace are a Club inherently committed to inclusion.

Fraizer Campbell, Crystal Palace FC, said: “The lads in the dressing room are so thankful for all the support we receive on a daily basis so it is a rewarding experience for us to come out in the community and meet those supporters. All clubs should provide opportunities for disabled children to participate in sport; football is an inclusive, team sport and should be available to all in our community.”

Please contact:

Michael Harrington@
e: michaelharrington@cpfcfoundation.org
t: 020 8768 6047

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Crystal Palace FC Foundation follow the first team up to the Britannia Stadium

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After the Crystal Palace FC Foundation hosted the Stoke Foundation for the Crystal Palace vs Stoke City fixture back in December of last year, the date had come for the return leg, which saw the Palace Foundation team travel up to Stoke to play at their Kicks venue and watch the two first teams compete once more in the Barclays Premier League.

Behind the scenes Ben White and George Henry, Youth Solution Officers for Sutton and Croydon respectively, organised travel, kit and match day tickets for the Stoke City FC vs CPFC fixture, where Palace triumphed 2-1 in an end-to-end encounter.

The Palace Foundation team were greeted outside Stoke’s Britannia Stadium and offered an exclusive tour around the ground prior to kick-off. The young people were bursting with excitement as they entered the home dressing room and saw the first team shirts hanging around the edges adorned with names they recognised.

Next on the agenda was the real purpose of the trip: the Stoke City Foundation vs CPFC Foundation tournament. The venue was the local Power League situated next to the Britannia. Stoke in red and white stripes, the Palace team in their iconic yellow away strip.

The Croydon team was up first and after a lethargic start found their rhythm to put 4 swift goals past the Stoke team. Stoke managed to grab a consolation and the game ended 4-1 in the favour of CPFC. Sutton weren’t as fortunate, finishing on the wrong side of a defeat of the same 4-1 score line. The tournament flowed well, with all teams getting a chance to play each other.

After the tournament finished both teams changed and made their way across to the Britannia Stadium to watch their first teams in action. Palace left with the bragging rights, having gone 1 down early on courtesy of Stoke striker Mame Diouf, the game was flipped on its head when Glen Murray converted from the penalty spot and Wilfried Zaha notched with a meticulously placed shot from a Murray flick on which proved to be the decider.

The game was a sell-out, providing a buzzing atmosphere, and was chosen by the Palace fans as a ‘Palace on tour day’. True to form, the Palace fans were in good voice and gave the team the support they needed to reverse their early deficit.

The young people were a credit to themselves and the Foundation and have provided a precedent for all Premier League teams to visit one another throughout the course of a season.

Zaha comes home

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The Crystal Palace FC Foundation were delighted to get a visit from in form winger, Wilfried Zaha, as he came down to the Premier League Kicks programme at Canterbury Rd, where he honed his skills as a youngster.

Zaha returned to the place where it all started for him as a teenager, to watch the talent on display as well as to speak and offer advice to the participants hoping to one day follow in his footsteps.
 
“This place was big for me,” said Zaha, who used to live five minutes away from Canterbury Road and started attending PL Kicks as a 14-year-old. “After a while I couldn’t use the back garden because I broke everything!”

Wilfried Zaha is a fantastic ambassador for the scheme and now a firm Palace fan favourite, Zaha was keen to express that “the whole dream was football from the beginning”, and that with commitment and perseverance any one of the Kicks participants could make it to the top.

London Premier League Kicks, delivered by 12 football clubs in the capital, targets young people ‘at risk’, giving them positive life chances by offering mentoring, coaching, career advice as well as the chance to take part in structured, regular football sessions.

Projects such as Kicks not only give young people the chance to do something positive with their time outside of school hours, it gives them the chance to learn skills in a fun, engaging and constructive environment. By using the power of football and the iconic badge of Crystal Palace the Foundation have been building a safer, stronger community among the young people of South London.

And Zaha, who has again established himself as a key member of the Crystal Palace first team, was full of praise at how the project, which is delivered in partnership with Sport England, the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime and police forces up and down the country, has had a positive impact in the local community:
 
“These youngsters could be anywhere else, they could be on the streets or wherever, but they’re here playing football and enjoying themselves. “It’s about helping the community. It shows that you can come from nothing and become something special.”

Once a Kicks participant and now the lead in Youth Solutions for Croydon at the Foundation, George Henry, also gave us his take on how Palace and Premier League schemes such as this have positive impact on lives: “Palace gave me an opportunity to do my FA Level One, from that, they gave me the chance to volunteer with a football club which happened to be my local club.”

While Wilfried and George have taken different career paths in the football industry, they both agree that they have been lifted to where they are now with help from the Palace Foundation.

George commented that, “being from Croydon can be sometimes be quite challenging”, citing that elevated levels of anti-social behavior are mainly due to high levels of boredom.

George finished by saying: “I’m just happy that I can be looked up to in a way that is positive and be part of the opportunities that are being provided by Crystal Palace to young people across the borough.”

Crystal Palace FC Foundation teams up Jason Roberts in a bid to launch a new training programme

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The Crystal Palace FC Foundation has teamed up with retired Premier League Footballer Jason Roberts in a bid to launch a new training programme that aims to address some of the inequalities in footballs wider landscape.

Whilst Crystal Palace are a Premier League club, we are also synonymous with our community and local people. We are proud to stand up for diversity, inclusion, representation and togetherness.

We were delighted when the Jason Roberts Foundation approached us to partner the role out of this scheme in our London boroughs.

The Jason Roberts Foundation course will work with coaches, youth workers and volunteers on how to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in their coaching.

The programme was launched last Thursday (March 19) at City Hall in London at an event hosted by Greater London Assembly member and Crystal Palace FC Foundation trustee, Steve O’Connell.

Jason Roberts said: “We should never rest on our laurels and take for granted that diversity in society is celebrated. Education is key for understanding all the differences that make us unique.”

Donald Forde, Head of CPFC Foundation, said what made this new training course so different was its attachment to the community.
He commented: “Whenever we hear the words equality or policy attached to a project, sometimes we think it is not meaningful. I think part of that is because it comes from the top down.

“This program is different, it has come from the grassroots up, with values outlined by the people these issues affect.”

The new accredited training course is designed to build a sport and youth workforce skilled in understanding equality and diversity issues as well as challenging racist or prejudiced behaviour.

Here at Palace we have a longstanding commitment to this agenda and will be partnering the Roberts Foundation to build upon this pilot scheme and develop initiatives that address these societal issues long term.

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CPFC’s Community League Activity

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The Community League have reached the climax of their second year and have been involved in a series of events and tournaments to celebrate!

The Community League programme is a joint initiative between Croydon Council, Surrey FA and the Crystal Palace FC Foundation to provide FREE football to those aged 16+ every Thursday from 6-9pm.

Each session engages a minimum of 60 participants from different parts of the London Borough of Croydon, and provides these young people with a chance to play football in a fun, safe and structured environment.

To celebrate the second anniversary of this valuable project the Croydon Council, Surrey FA and CPFC Foundation held a tournament at Selhurst Sports Arena and invited 10 teams to compete to become the Kings of Community League.

The event was supported by various partners, all oh whom play a valuable part in the running of this project. We would like to thank the Croydon Street Based Team and the local media companies who facilitated the tournament.

The Foundation also brought their coveted fastest shot machine sensor and connected it to a goal. This measured which one of the participants had the fastest shot when taking a penalty. The winners of the tournament and the fastest shot all received match tickets to CPFC vs QPR as well as a unique Wembley Stadium tour, which was provided by Surrey FA.

Shaun Ampoto, 20 years old, captain of the winning team had this to say about the day: “This session is great! So many people from different parts of Croydon come week in week out so I know I’m guaranteed to be part of a decent session. I’ve been part of sessions like this where they have had to stop so long may this continue.”

The Community League team were also lucky enough to participate in their first competitive 11 a-side matches against the Jason Roberts Foundation team at their venue in Stonebridge.

The team led by coach, Michael Lacey, beat the JRF u18 team 2-0 and drew with their 18+ team 2-2, giving an aggregate score of 4-2 in favor of the Palace boys.

The Foundation were especially proud of the lads, who had only trained together a handful of times before, demonstrating the pacey, skillful kind of football played on a Thursday evening.

Roberto Dos Santos, one of the goal scorers, had this to say on the day: “When I was told about this match I was thinking that it wouldn’t really work. We haven’t played together as a team before, and we were against a team who plays regularly. But what I realised is that doesn’t matter as footballers know footballers. Getting a chance to wear the Palace under 21 kit is not an opportunity which comes around too often so I’m so happy I was selected to represent my club. I can’t wait for the return leg where it will be on our home turf with our supporters backing us.”

The return leg will see the Jason Roberts Foundation come to Croydon and play against the Foundation team. The venue and date will be decided in the near future

Fraizer Campbell visits the CPFC Foundation Fitter Fans

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Crystal Palace forward Fraizer Campbell provides some valuable support and inspiration for the participants on the Crystal Palace FC Foundation Men’s Health programme at Waddon Leisure Centre.

The Palace Foundation have been running ‘Fitter Fans’ sessions for the past couple of years, with a specific dedication to improving the general attitude toward healthy living in males over 30. The programme runs for 10-weeks and involves two hour weekly sessions of diet and nutrition workshops and multi-fitness activities.

The Foundation are working alongside Croydon Heart Town, as part of national heart month in February, and each of the awareness workshops so far have been focused around a healthier heart.

We, as a Foundation centred around sport, recognise our responsibility to practise and advocate healthy living messages among the boroughs we work in and have a long-standing relationship with our communities to spread the healthy lifestyle ethos.

Our first team players also acknowledge their position as role models in the community and are well placed to give advice and guidance to people who would most benefit from it.

Fraizer was delighted to come face to face with some of the local people that support him week in week out on the pitch. Among many of the Fitter Fans participants are life-long Palace supporters, who greatly enjoyed the chance to meet one of their Eagles heroes.

The participants got the chance to hear some firsthand advice from Fraizer who answered questions on his rigid diet and strict exercise plan. He also gave the group some tips on resisting temptations and substituting snacks for a healthier choice.

Fraizer commented: “It is always great to get out in the community where people are so generous and passionate. The Palace fans are renowned for being fanatical about their club and the players thrive off that on match day. The healthy lifestyles message is an important one, something that all the lads support. I am just glad that I can provide inspiration for this group to be healthier and hopefully in turn they can be role models for others in the community.”

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A Chance To Receive Two Free Tickets To Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City on Monday 6th April 2015

The Crystal Palace FC Foundation are giving you a chance for our dedicated soccer school goers to receive FREE tickets to watch the mighty Eagles take on Manchester City at Selhurst Park.

Book a week long football course at any venue in either (or both) weeks of the upcoming Easter holiday and receive two FREE tickets to the Crystal Palace vs Manchester City fixture, Monday 6th April 2015, 8pm kick-off.

The first 50 people to book a week long course by Monday 22nd March and apply for tickets will receive x2 complimentary tickets, simple as that! First come, first served basis.

 
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If your children want to experience the excitement of Crystal Palace run football courses, including player trial days, combined with the thrill of Selhurst Park on Matchday then this package is perfect for you!

Once you book online you will receive a unique booking reference then please email: RobPerrett@cpfcfoundation.org

• Your Name
• Telephone Number
• Full Postal Address
• Your Week Booking Reference
• Names of the two people hoping to attend the game

 

 

 

Tickets are limited to two per person and are subject to availability. Only the first 50 applicants will receive tickets. Any entries made after the closing date 22/03/2015 will not be counted. You must book a full weeks course to be eligible to apply for tickets. An adult must accompany all children under 16. Each pair of tickets will be assigned to a booking number and name and cannot be resold or exchanged for an alternative ticket. There is no cash alternative to this promotion.