Archives for June 2015

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Julian Speroni exclusive goalkeeping coaching days with CPFC Foundation


The Crystal Palace FC Foundation are excited to announce the inclusion of Julian Speroni coaching days to our summer holiday programme, as part of the celebration of the Palace number 1’s testimonial year.

Julian has been with Crystal Palace for 10 momentous years and is a firm fan favourite among our loyal supporter base. As testament to this, our Palace goalkeeper will be attending two holiday course venues in Beckenham and Croydon to provide some coaching tips and advice to our aspiring young footballers.

We will be holding coaching days (dates to be confirmed) at our regular venues of Kent County Cricket Club and Croydon High School. For boys and girls 5-12 years old.

Julian will be on hand to provide coaching tips for our budding footballers and will also be holding goalkeeper clinics for any eager keepers. This unique opportunity will give youngsters in the local area the chance to take some inspiration from Speroni himself and learn about his pathway to the Palace number 1 spot.

The CPFC Foundation are passionate about nurturing young, local talent and are pleased to present our young people with the opportunity to receive coaching and advice directly from the Crystal Palace first team goalkeeper.

Participants will also be lucky enough to receive an official Julian Speroni signed certificate as recognition of the day.

These sessions will be on a first come first serve basis, so to register your interest please send an email to:

Once dates have been confirmed, courses will be available to book online with a unique booking reference.

Keep your eyes out for dates across the summer holiday schedule.



Back in Ballina


The CPFC Foundation are thrilled to be returning to Ballina Town FC at the beginning of July with partners Active Communities Network and former Irish international and Palace legend, Eddie McGoldrick.

From Friday 3 July to Sunday 5 July, McGoldrick, alongside Gary Mulcahey, CPFC Foundation Sports Development Director and Crystal Palace FC Academy Manager Ben Smith, will work with Ballina Town FC to deliver an elite football training camp for U18 players from Belfast and Ballina Town in a three-way partnership programme.

The weekend will be broken up into a football camp on the first two days with a challenge match for silverware on the Sunday, putting into practice everything that has been learnt over the weekend.

We will be providing comprehensive feedback from expert Crystal Palace FC coaches as well as specialist officials from the local FA. The weekend has been designed to promote a unique learning experience, centered around the finer points of the game.

It also represents the start of the second year of the three-year partnership between Crystal Palace FC, Active Communities Network and Ballina Town FC. The first year saw a week-long work and mentoring placement for young people from Ballina and Belfast with Crystal Palace Foundation as community coaches in both towns. Crystal Palace FC Foundation, Active Communities Network and Ballina Town FC share a similar viewpoint that football, and more widely sport, can be utilised as a vehicle for social inclusion. By providing a platform for learning and pathways to participation through training and upskilling coaches, we can work with young people of all abilities and develop/support coaches to grow the parameters of the game.

Eddie McGoldrick, Crystal Palace FC Foundation Ambassador said: “The work that Crystal Palace FC Foundation is doing is massively important – it is bringing people together which sport does.

“The connection we have now between Belfast, County Mayo and south east London with the football club is a fantastic achievement. It’s only going to get bigger and get stronger and we can then branch out further into different communities, different towns – it’s very important that we achieve that.”

Gary Stannett, CEO, Active Communities Network said: “It is fantastic to see our work from England translate across to Belfast and then to west of Ireland in Ballina in County Mayo.

“Active Communities Network has a long-term commitment to our work in Belfast and through our partnerships and network we are able to bring in like minded organisations like the Crystal Palace FC Foundation to join with us in this commitment.”

Stephen Browett, Co-Owner, Crystal Palace FC and Trustee, Crystal Palace FC Foundation said: “Crystal Palace FC have had a long history with Ireland and Northern Ireland through our players and coaches and now, with the development of this partnership, it highlights our commitment to the area not only as a club but as a Foundation.”

Learning Disability Local Football Festival with Special Olympics Great Britain


22 local Croydon men and women with Learning Disabilities took part in our first local Football Festival held at the prestigious Crystal Palace FC Academy Dome. The players have been training with us as part of the Great Britain Special Olympics and Croydon Local Authority Learning Disability Commissioning Service weekly football sessions that we deliver in Croydon.

We had a fantastic day with a small sided matches that were held in a suitable environment for people with multiple and profound Learning Disabilities. Our highly experienced coaching team, and the support workers from Croydon Care Solutions, Croydon Mencap and Croydon Day Opportunities, made sure that all our players got time on the ball and our ‘5 second rule’ gave the ladies and gents who needed that extra time and space the opportunity to be totally involved in the matches.

CPFC Foundation coach John Harney led the tributes when saying’ What a great day we all had. It was a pleasure to be involved with a group of people who really wanted to be part of something special and who played the game with smiles on their faces. We are now all asking when can we do this again as the benefits are clear to see for a marginalised and often miss-understood part of our Community’

Pete the Eagle also flew in to make a guest appearance and to show off his football skills proving to be a great hit with all the players, who each received a Special Olympics Great Britain Goody Bag so they can always remember this great day.

For more information on LD football, or any other aspects of our Disability program, please contact Michael Harrington on 020 8768 6047 or




5 Crystal Palace FC Foundation Coaches attend an FA coaching Blind Footballers Course.


This great course was put on by the Surrey FA at Wandgas Sports & Social Club in Worcester Park. The FA Coaching Blind Footballers (CBF) Course is designed to provide football coaches with an introduction to working effectively and confidently with blind footballers, and the organisation and delivery of safe and appropriate coaching sessions for blind players.

Julian Lawless, CPFC Foundation coach, who attended this course says ‘This was a very enjoyable course which has given me great ideas on how to arrange and construct football sessions for blind players, making sure they are learning whilst having fun. All our coaches were really engaged with all that took place and can’t wait to put all they learnt into practice.’

Our ever growing Disability program is continually upskilling our team of highly motivated coaches to enable us to remain at the forefront of new and innovative coaching methods.

For more information on Blind football, or any other aspects of our Disability program, please contact Michael Harrington on 020 8768 6047 or

EFF Tour France & Belgium 2015


Following on from last years trip to Holland, The Eagles Fitter Fans annual European tour this year took the group to France & Belgium.

Learning from the intensity of last years 2 games in quick succession the squad was bolstered with 3 new members making a squad of 18.

Squad: Andy Burton, Dave Ebrey, Aiden Devaney, Jamie Byrne, David Smith, Mick Burbidge, Gary Evans, Johnny Deveraux, Ian Lewis, Gary Phillips, Dave Moran, John Harris, Lee Wenban, Dave Welch, David Smith, Martin Bashford, Colin Jones.

On Friday 29th May the new group set of for Lille, France for the first of 2 games on this tour. The first Game was Saturday evening and allowed time in the morning for the group to visit the Stade Pierre-Mauroy home of Lille OSC. After lunch the group travelled to the home of US Estaires for the first game, the management team of Johnny Deveraux & Dave Ebrey gave their starting line up and clear team instructions and the starting 11 were ready.

The first half was approached defensively with both teams trying to get to grips with each other tactics and the fitter fans were proving to be quite a match for a team of some years their junior. The fitter fans defence and midfield tracked and defended superbly while the forwards battled tirelessly to pressurise the opposing defence. The half ended with the fitter fans trailing 2-0 with a couple of goals from a set piece and a bit of fortune. A special mention should also be made for the Fitter Fans GK Andy Burton who was in fine form and made a string of saves which left many of the opposition strikers scratching their heads and wondering how he kept some shots out, and rightfully earned him a MOM display.

The second half proved to be much tougher, and despite a few chances for the fitter fans with a goal bound free kick being blocked, lots of pressure from a string of corners and the fitter fans centre forward being brought down by the last man when bearing down on goal, the fitter fans were not able to find the net. US Estaires on the other hand had fresher legs and found the back of the net a further 3 times to see the game end 5-0.

After the game both teams were in great spirits and shirts were swapped, and the host club provided great hospitality.

On a rainy Sunday Morning 31st May the fitter fans left Lille and set off for Oostende, Belgium for the second match of the tour. Lunch was arranged by former player tony Ibeke at his restaurant before the evening kick off and the team also had the chance to see the port of Oostende and what the city had to offer.

The second game against SKSM Conterdam game was kicked off and again the Fitter fans started well and put the home side under some real pressure, forcing the home goal keeper into some fine saves. Unfortunately the 2 games in 2 days was taking its toll and the fitter fans conceded 2 quick goals, from the restart the fitter fans again began to build a good attack with some great team work and passing, which this time ended in a spectacular team goal with the SKSM Conterdam being lobbed from a shot from just inside the attacking half. At 2-1 the fitter fans could sense a chance to get back into the game and applied the pressure but for all the hard work the first half ended 3-1.

The second half proved to be much harder and the home keeper was untested for large parts of the game, and when he was called into action he was able to deny only a couple of good chances, the final score ended 6-1 to SKSM Conterdam and also saw the end of the fitter fans 2015 tour.

The group once again played with a great spirit and never gave up and put on a great display when representing CPFC.

For more information on the fitter fans programme please contact



Youngsters from Oak Lodge Primary and Greenshaw High School represent Palace at the Premier League Schools Cup Final


The young boys and girls from Oak Lodge Primary and Greenshaw High School’s had a day to remember last Thursday as they walked on to the Crystal Palace FC first team coach to be escorted to White Hart Lane and represent Palace at the national Premier League Schools Cup Finals.

The Schools Tournament allows players to follow in the footsteps of their heroes, with the teams coming out of the tunnel to the Premier League anthem, wearing their official club kits, playing on the White Hart Lane pitch, taking part in matches refereed by Premier League officials and travel to the stadium in coaches used by the first team.

The Palace coach departed at 6.45am as both teams, kitted in full Crystal Palace gear, began eagerly anticipating the day ahead. Upon arrival, both teams received goodie bags from Crystal Palace and the Premier League as memorabilia for the day and then entered the Stadium and strolled down the same halls that have played host to many Premier League stars across the years.

Both teams got a chance to take some photo’s with the Tottenham mascot and in the official Tottenham FC dressing rooms.

Then it was time for the real agenda of the day; competing for the Premier League Schools Cup trophy. The U11 boys from Oak Lodge Primary School in Bromley were in a tough group with Hull City, (eventual finalists) Aston Villa, London rivals West Ham and tournament hosts Tottenham Hotspur.

The U13 girls from Greenshaw High School in Sutton mirrored the same group as the boys and did exceptionally well to take draws from games against Hull, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.

After valiant efforts from both of the Crystal Palace sides, and a famous win against West London rivals West Ham for the boys, both teams bowed out at the group stages. The level of ability on show was astonishing and our Palace youngsters didn’t look out of place mixing it with some of the most promising young talent across the country.

For all the teams who came to White Hart Lane the Premier League Schools Tournament provided a day to remember irrespective of their results.

We would like to say a huge thank you and well done to both teams who valiantly represented Crystal Palace, each were a credit to their school and the Palace badge.

For information about next year’s tournament and any school sport related activities please contact:

Photography – Crystal Palace FC Foundation Charity Match – May 2015

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Premier League Kicks Cup Final

Crystal Palace was 1 of 47 Premier League and Football League Clubs took part in the National Premier League Kicks competition at The Jeffrey Humble Playing Fields in Liverpool.

The football season may have ended for many, but for our Palace boys and 46 other Clubs from both the Premier League and Football League there was still one competition up for grabs. The Clubs were represented by a total of 70 teams of young people who took to the pitches at The Jeffrey Humble Playing Fields in Liverpool hoping to claim the last bit of silverware this season, the Premier League Kicks Cup.

The Palace lads made it through the group stages completely unscathed, having won all of their games and not conceding a single goal. But unfortunately came up against strong competition in the next rounds and narrowly lost out to Newcastle 1-0.

The Premier League Kicks Cup is the culmination of a season-long community programme run by the Premier League and Sport England in disadvantaged areas, to allow those who traditionally do not participate in organised sporting activities the use of facilities and equipment.

The Premier League Kicks programme began in 2006 as a pilot project in London between the Premier League and the Metropolitan Police with the aim of using football to bring communities together and to engage with young people. Today 50 Premier League and Football League clubs run local community-based sessions, which have engaged over 42,795 young people this season.

As well as the many matches that were taking place throughout the day, participants of the Kicks Cup will be able to make the most of on-site workshops and advice and support from professional coaches.

Lead Kicks officer for the CPFC Foundation, George Henry, said: “We are delighted to be a part of this national competition. Premier League Kicks is about connecting with communities and bringing together likeminded young people who want to channel their energy in positive ways. I’m a strong advocate for grassroots football so it is brilliant to see talented footballers in the local Junior Football Leagues develop their skill and broaden their ability. Croydon is blessed with a lot of young talent, we provide opportunities for that potential to be realised.”