Archives for September 2015

Soccer 5’s Back To school Tournament


Last Saturday was one of the events of the calendar year for the Soccer 5’s youngsters as they got to challenge members from neighbouring Soccer 5’s venues in an interleague style tournament.

The Soccer 5’s programme, which is part funded by the Croydon Council, runs in estates across the borough of Croydon with the aim of engaging as many young people as possible from Croydon Grove, Highbury Avenue, Regina Road, Shrublands Avenue and Wilford Rec.
The programme is designed to engage the young people of the borough in structured sporting activity, with professional coaches, who double as mentors for the youngsters. This gives the participants a chance to be active, in a safe and secure environment and the opportunity to interact with likeminded others.

On the day, the tournament was broken into two age brackets – 8-11 and 12-15. The Supporters Trust, who invested £2,000 in the sustainability of the Soccer 5’s programme, kindly sponsored the tournament. Alan Palmer, Head of the Supporters Trust was on hand to share in the success of the day.

The tournament had over 70 people attend, with 11 teams spread across the two age groups. The day was all about inclusivity, as participants were offered the chance to be introduced to a new sport which the Foundation are hoping to pilot at weekly sessions, Handball. The tournament was used as a platform to launch the idea of integrating Handball in to the programme as a regular sport and gave the youngsters a taster of what the sport offers.

The behaviour on the day was a positive reflection of the relationship that the coaches have built up with the participants and testament to coach’s ability to mentor as well as teach.

Another highlight was the success of the lower age group, as previous feedback had indicated that the younger participants would enjoy the chance to compete in tournaments and be rewarded for their regular attendance at sessions.

In the U11’s category, the winners were Croydon Grove who were victorious without losing a single game.

The u15’s category was very competitive with plenty of goals in some exciting encounters. Regina Road came out the winners to hold onto the Soccer 5’s title for a second time.

All participants received a Crystal Palace Foundation wristband for taking part and the winners received the Soccer 5’s shield along with medals and Premier League shirt numbers, to stick on their shirts.

Look out for the next tournament due to take place in October.



The Crystal Palace FC Foundation Academy: Carshalton Boys Sports College partnership kicks off successfully

Over the course of summer 2015, recruitment began for a new Educational Academy Programme to be housed at Carshalton Boys Sports College in the heart of Sutton. The Academy is designed to provide young talented footballers with a means of playing football at a professional youth standard whilst studying to gain their academic certificates.

Now with the cohort standing at 22 strong, the boys are hard in training whilst studying for their A-level qualifications during the week. The boys are coached by full time professional Crystal Palace FC Foundation coaches, with Head Coach, Gideon Jackson, holding his UEFA B license. The aim is to replicate the professional environment of a Premier League football academy in the hope the youngsters will go on to compete at a high level within the English game.

The competitive fixtures schedule began a few weeks back with our squad competing in the Premier League/Football League Under 19 Development League alongside other Premier League outfits such as Chelsea, Spurs, Bournemouth and Watford.

The boys began their season in style with a convincing 4-0 win over London rivals, Spurs, to take all 3 points from their first official League game. This week the Crystal Palace youngsters took on an experienced Watford side from North Herts College, narrowly loosing out by 2 goals to 1.

Match report follows.

Watford FC (NH) vs Crystal Palace FC Foundation

The Crystal Palace boys were entering the second game of their competitive season on a high, buoyed by the 4-0 win against Tottenham the previous week.

Full of confidence and with morale high, Crystal Palace began the game on the front foot from kick-off, carrying the ball forward with drive and determination to force a smart save from Watford goalkeeper, Ponting.

20 minutes had passed before Watford began to gain a foothold in the game. The yellow’s centre forward, Tommy Orumwense, latching on to a low driven cross to the back post but only managing to poke the ball 3 yards wide of the Palace net.

As the game ebbed and flowed, the Palace youngsters began to control possession in the centre of the park, with Palace’s number 4, Michael Simmons, pulling the strings in midfield.

Simmons again on the ball, burst into the Watford final third, again forcing a fine save low to the left hand corner of Watford’s resilient goalkeeper.

It was now Watford’s turn to have a go at the Palace goalmouth, as a smart break resulted in a 1 v 1 with Palace goalkeeper, Nicky Dhanjal, who moved off his line well to smother the danger.
As Watford’s passing play gained momentum, they were gifted a penalty by the referee as Dhanjal carelessly brought down the Watford forward in his penalty area. Watford’s Josh Coley stepped up to take the penalty but Palace goalkeeper Dhanjal was equal to the task, atoning for his error with an astonishing save low to his left hand post.

Half Time – 0-0

The Watford boys began the second half the quicker and shortly after the restart were rewarded with a second penalty as a clumsy challenge brought down the Watford centre forward in the box. Josh Coley again stepped up to take his second penalty of the game and this time slotted the ball confidently passed Dhanjal in the Palace net.

Watford 1-0 Crystal Palace

Trailing by 1 goal to nil, the Palace boys began to apply some pressure on the Watford backline as a searching ball was played over the top, looking for Palace forward Tyler Barnard. Acknowledging he was in an offside position, Barnard correctly ignored the ball and began retreating when a rapid Josh Danquah advanced from a midfield position to latch on to the lofted pass and produce a composed finish over the advancing Watford keepers head.

Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace

Having worked hard to get on level pegging, the Palace boy’s efforts were undone as Watford surged forward from the kick-off and after some confident two-touch football found the net to produce the games winning goal.

The game ended 2-1 to Watford FC with Palace goalkeeper NICKY DHANJAL picking up man of the match.

A narrow loss has not dampened spirits and the team have knuckled down in training since the loss, with a great team ethic developing and demonstrating plenty of positive attitudes.

For those potential students who would like to enroll on our College Education programmes there will be trials held soon; keep an eye out on the Foundation website for dates and venues.


Crystal Palace FC host China’s Dream Foundation


Crystal Palace FC and the Crystal Palace FC Foundation were delighted to play host to some distinguished guests last week as a selection of young people from the Dream Foundation visited one of the CPFC Foundation’s flagship football venues, Kent County Cricket Centre in Beckenham.

The venue is situated directly behind the CPFC training ground and the group was lucky enough to receive a visit from South Korean international and Palace midfielder, Lee Chung-Yong.

The young people visiting were selected from the Dream Foundation, which was co-built by JLR and the Soong Chingling Foundation (the former president wife of the Republic of China, who was frequently referred to as the ‘Mother of the Nation’.)

The Charity is dedicated to carrying out its namesake’s life-long cause of improving the lives of underprivileged children in China, promoting the healthy and multi-faceted growth of children, and conducting international exchanges for the same cause.

As the delegation arrived they were greeted by members from the Foundation staff team, CPFC first team Assistant Manager, Keith Millen, and Palace midfielder Lee Chung–Yung who had the pleasure of presenting our Chinese visitors with a signed Crystal Palace FC shirt.

Both Lee and Keith conducted a Q&A session from the youngsters who were particularly interested to learn that Lee Chung-Yung had played for South Korea against China in various international encounters, some of which took place in their hometown of Beijing.

With the Eagles soaring in the top half of the Premier League and boasting a recent win over the Champions, Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge the Chinese delegation were all too aware of Crystal Palace FC and their recent results. There were certainly some Palace converts among the group, with the experience serving as something they can share amongst their peers and develop our growing relationship and fan base in Asia.

After the presentation the group received a professionally ran coaching session from experienced CPFC Academy coaches, Mark Newson and John Phillips. The Kent County venue boasts a brand new 3G surface, which the boys relished the opportunity to play on and were keen to demonstrate both their footballing ability and willingness to learn and embrace the English game.

This sort of initiative is central to spreading the global brand of Crystal Palace FC, broadening our fan base and increasing our international footprint. The power of the Premier League, with viewers across the globe, allows us to gain supporters from all over the World and really develop our CPFC family!

Gary Mulcahey, Sports Development Director, Crystal Palace FC Foundation, said: “It is our pleasure to host visitors from oversees at Crystal Palace FC and provide them with an insight in to how a Premier League club is ran. This being our third term in the Premier League, the Palace name and badge is becoming renowned across the globe and it is fantastic to be a part of a club with such forward thinking and momentum.

Crystal Palace FC is a family run club, with deep roots in the community and an investment in the welfare of young people so it is great to share this ethos with our friends from Asia.”

Keith Millen, Assistant Manager, Crystal Palace FC, said: “We are now a global club, with global recognition and it is important we share that with our international fans. Crystal Palace FC has grown to new heights in recent seasons and we are delighted to be able to host delegates all the way from China who recognise that success and want to be a part of the Palace following.”




Ryan Davis is presented with a brand new iPad mini courtesy of a Premier League competition


Regular Kicks participant Ryan Davis had a special trip to Selhurst Park recently to meet with Crystal Palace FC star signing, Yohan Cabaye, who presented him with a brand new iPad mini courtesy of a Premier League competition.

Ryan Davis attends the Crystal Palace FC Foundation run PL Kicks programme at South Norwood Rec and was entered in to the competition to win an iPad for completing a feedback questionnaire for the Premier League on the programme.

Premier League Kicks began as a pilot project in London between the Premier League and the Metropolitan Police in 2006, with the aim of using football as a tool to unite communities and engage with young people who would not ordinarily get access to structured sport and professional coaching.

The Kicks vision was to “build safer, stronger, more respectful communities through the development of young peoples’ potential”, engaging young people who had been traditionally ‘hard to reach’ and guiding them towards a range of healthy and constructive activities in a controlled environment.

With the project entering its tenth year, the Premier League were keen to get some feedback on the success of the project, which the Palace Foundation runs across various South London boroughs.

To date, 50 Premier League and Football League clubs have taken part in the Kicks project and the Foundation have utilised the programme to break down the barriers between our local young people and community services/organisations that provide structured activity to keep young people on a positive pathway.

Premier League Kicks has gained an excellent reputation in our home borough of Croydon, where we run the project at over 5 community sites and participants have been lucky enough to receive a recent visit from fan favorite and local hero, Palace winger, Wifried Zaha.

Ryan Davis was delighted to receive his iPad from Yohan Cabaye, who shook the youngsters hand and posed for a few pictures. Yohan was complementary of the work the Foundation are undertaking with the young people of our South London boroughs and hoped to see some of that local footballing talent make it through the ranks at Crystal Palace FC.

Kelly Dummer, Community Development Manager, Crystal Palace FC Foundation, said: “It is vital to the sustainability of our local communities that we invest in the development of our young people. The funding we receive from the Premier League to deliver this project allows us to engage with hundreds of young people a week, who take part in structured activity and competition for free.

Not only do the youngsters receive professional football coaching and the chance to play a variety of sports, but they use the sessions to socialise, meet new people and develop other ‘life skills’ that are essential to their personal development.”


Crystal Palace FC Foundation continue their support of the Croydon Council’s White Ribbon Campaign



The Crystal Palace FC Foundation are continuing their support of the Croydon Council’s White Ribbon Campaign which promotes the values of gender equality and encourages men to end violence against women.

Last season Crystal Palace FC first teamers, Joel Ward, Brede Hangland and Adrian Mariappa (pictured below) pledged their support to the cause and wore the White Ribbon Badges on their training gear.

Croydon’s work to help change attitudes to domestic violence and sexual abuse has gained international recognition and we are now working with the British Council, UK and Kenyan partners to develop a pilot programme that uses football to tackle issues of violence against women and girls in Kenya.

A delegation from Kenya visited Selhurst Park on Tuesday alongside representatives from the Croydon Council to share ideas and learn from each other’s experiences.

The Palace Foundation is continuing its work with the Croydon Council to endorse the values of the White Ribbon campaign and will again devote a Premier League fixture in the 2015/16 campaign to publically promote the cause.

We will be delivering education programmes and workshops to our young people, publicising the campaign’s aims in match-day programmes and sharing the campaign with supporters.

Councillor Mark Watson, Croydon’s cabinet member for communities, safety and justice, said: “This meeting will be a great opportunity to learn valuable insight from each other on how best to work with victims of domestic abuse, and how to change hearts and minds against this offence.”

Donald Ford, Head of Foundation, said: “The White Ribbon campaign has a clear message and something of which we as a Foundation and as a Club fully support. The work is vital to the safety and security of our home borough as we work alongside the Council to ensure our communities feel protected.”

Croydon is also seeking support to establish a national register of DV offenders to help the council and police tackle the symptoms and causes of domestic violence far more effectively.

Some 100,000 signatures are needed for this issue to be debated in the House of Commons.

To sign, click here


BGC Traders Charity Day attended by Steve Parish and Palace ambassador Mark Bright


The Crystal Palace FC Foundation were privileged to have a presence at the BGC Traders Charity Day last Friday which is held annually to honour the memory of all those who lost their lives in the World Trade Centre attacks of 9/11.

Club Chairman, Steve Parish and staff from the Crystal Palace FC Foundation joined our Palace ambassador, Mark Bright, at BGC to help raise funds for our partner organisation 5 Star Active; a network of charities which work in the sport for development sector to help disadvantaged and ‘hard to reach’ young people.

Footballing legend Rio Ferdinand also attended the event as his own charity, the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, partner 5 Star Active alongside Crystal Palace’s charity arm, the Crystal Palace FC Foundation.

The day celebrated the success of a number of charities who made it through the tough selection process to be a part of the lucky few who will benefit from the generous donations of BGC. Every year the company donates its global profits to a select number of deserved charities who make a real and lasting difference to the people they serve.

Each charity brought along a celebrity ambassador to support their cause. The event has in the past been fortunate enough to host many distinguished guests, including Prince Harry, comedian’s Jack Whitehall and Jonathan Ross and media personality Stephen Fry.

The trading floor was again humming with celebrity talent this year as it played host to comedian Jimmy Carr, who oversaw proceedings, and A-list celebrities such as Samuel L Jackson, Tom Hardy and Sir Ben Kingsley.

The Palace cohort were in fantastic company as entertainers Chris Tarrant and Dermot O’Leary, models Jodie Kidd and David Gandy, singers Holly Valance and Mollie King, and BBC Radio DJ’s Jo Whiley and Sara Cox were also in attendance.

The event was a resounding success and Crystal Palace were honoured to be a part of raising vital funds for a selection of worthy causes.

Donald Forde, Head of Crystal Palace FC Foundation, said: “It is firstly great to be a part of such a worthwhile event and a pleasure to be in the company of so many ambassador’s who do an awful lot for the charity sector.

The Crystal Palace FC Foundation have a commitment to act as an agency that leads in the ‘sport for development’ sector and will continue to work alongside 5 Star Active to realise that goal.”


Football Business Award Nomination – 2015 Best Football Community Scheme – Premiership


Crystal Palace FC Foundation is delighted and very proud to be identified as a Finalist in the 2015 national Football Awards. Focused on the achievements of our ‘Aspire’ programme, which engages with young people furthest away from the labour market and supports them into jobs and education, our nomination is for Best Premier League Football Community Scheme. Other finalists include Spurs, Everton and Chelsea FC.

Donald Forde, Head of Foundation says we “Being shortlisted shows the great work of a very committed staff team who want to make a real difference.”

David Groves, Chair of Trustees says “we are up against very strong competition, but being a finalist for a second year running shows our intent and progress in becoming the ‘stand out’ community foundation in the sport for development sector.”

The Awards ceremony will be held at Stamford Bridge on Thursday 5th November.

Crystal Palace FC Foundation, Croydon Council and London Metropolitan Police service to launch a back-to-school safety campaign

The Crystal Palace FC Foundation are delighted to be working alongside our partners at the Croydon Council and the London Metropolitan Police service to launch a back-to-school safety campaign for the beginning of the new school year.

The two-week safety operation neatly coincides with the start of the school term and focuses on keeping young people and their possessions safe.

Local officers, supported by Croydon’s Safer Transport Team and the British Transport Police, will be at busy transport hubs and routes across the borough with extra patrols by uniformed and plain-clothed officers in the after-school period to deter and prevent criminals from targeting young people as they make their way home from school.

Officers will also be engaging with school children and parents, advising them on how they can keep themselves and their possessions safe. Leaflets will be given out with crime prevention information on, along with details of how gadgets can be registered on the Immobilise website.

Police will also be visiting a number of secondary schools in Croydon and speaking to the new Year Seven students about personal safety and how they can protect their phones and gadgets from thieves.

The Crystal Palace FC Foundation are a keen advocate of community safety and will be using this opportunity to promote the strong message of a safe and secure environment for all members of the borough to enjoy.

We will be utilising the participants we already engage on our sports based programmes to voice the message to our young people and highlight the importance of feeling safe in the local area. Venues such as Canterbury Road, where we run Premier League Kicks, and Selhurst Sports Arena where we deliver Community League sessions, will be receiving information based workshops to underline the community safety message.

Our staff team, joined by local police officers, will deliver workshops at a number of weekly sessions to inform young people of the new knife and offensive weapons law, as well as offer advice on keeping safe during their journeys to and from school/college.

Donald Forde, Head of Crystal Palace FC Foundation, said: “The new school year is an exciting time for our local young people, especially the ones who are experiencing a new independence in entering secondary school.

It is our duty as a leading community organisation in the borough to educate our young people and prepare them for all eventualities. Our aim is to act as a preventative agency and takes measures to ensure that young people are safe in our local communities.

It is especially important that new students are familiar with their travel routes and comfortable using public transport on their own for the first time. Our coaches are trained as mentors and community ambassadors so will be providing sound advice in our workshops for our young people to adhere to.”

Councillor Mark Watson, cabinet member for communities, safety and justice, said: “We are keen to change the culture where young people feel they need to carry knives and offensive weapons.

“We are working to inform them of the consequences if they do continue to carry these dangerous items, and to make our streets safer for everyone to enjoy.”

Disability Fund Raising Bid – Can you Help?


The Disability Department of the Crystal Palace FC Foundation currently runs a football project which enables adults with Learning Disabilities from in and around Croydon to have access to the enjoyment and benefits of the game of football.

The sessions are for people of all levels; those who maybe love watching football and might currently only enjoy kicking a ball around for a short period of time, those who want to learn new football skills, right up to those who want to play competitively with others at a high level.

Unfortunately the funding for this project has come to an end so we are hoping to raise £5000 to allow us to maintain and develop this important, life changing project.

We have started a Crowdfunder page to help us achieve this.

You can help fund this project, please click here.

Please can you circulate this email amongst your family, friends and contacts so together we can continue to help those in need.

Any contributions you can make to this worthwhile project will be greatly appreciated by a lot of people.

For further information please contact Michael Harrington