Archives for December 2015

Crystal Palace DS Eagles play first friendly match

The Crystal Palace FC Foundation’s Down’s Syndrome Football team, the DS Eagles, have played their first friendly football match against the Fulham Badgers.


Monks Hill Sports Centre, South Croydon, played host to the two teams, with the DS Eagles beaming with the chance to wear the iconic red and blue Palace strip.

The venue was full of parents, families and friends who added to the atmosphere in what was a historic day in the development of the Crystal Palace FC Foundation disability scheme.

Michael Harrington, Disability lead, was full of compliments as the participants enjoyed their first taste of a friendly match situation. Michael commented that the most rewarding aspect was to see the room full of smiles and glowing faces.

He added: “What a great night! We at the Foundation pride ourselves on offering all areas of our Community the opportunity to participate in, and receive the undoubted benefits of, sport. To see a group of people come together so quickly and represent CPFC in such a fantastic way is incredible.”

James Medder, Down’s Syndrome Association Sports Officer, said: “Great evening on Wednesday, both teams seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves”

Ashley Gumbrell, Fulham FC Foundation Disability Sports officer, said: “Huge thanks once again for last night. It was a great experience for us as staff and for the players who absolutely loved it.”

Our weekly fun filled sessions are for all ages from 5yrs+ and gives all children and young people living with Down’s Syndrome the opportunity to play football, meet new friends and to become part of our Crystal Palace Community family.

The session is funded through a partnership with the Down’s Syndrome Association and is delivered by specialist Disability trained coaches from the Crystal Palace FC Foundation. We aim to develop social skills, confidence and physical ability whilst learning new skills in a fun environment.


The sessions will run every Wednesday at the Monks Hill Sports Centre from 6-7pm. The Foundation would like to encourage anyone who would like be involved to get in contact with Michael Harrington:

Carshalton High School for Girls chosen to represent Palace


A group of five girls from Carshalton High School for girls have been selected by a judging panel to represent the Crystal Palace FC Foundation at the regional heats of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge in February 2016.

The Enterprise Challenge is set by Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, and has tasked our youngsters with exploring the business side of the football industry and understanding how football clubs run behind the scenes.

The Foundation is looking to inspire local young people to embrace the world of business and enterprise in preparation for the next stage of education, training and the job market.

This year’s challenge:

“You work in your Club’s Marketing department and have been asked to develop a strategy that encourages attending fans to spend more time at the stadium on match days, including commercial opportunities that this could generate. The aim is to both improve and extend attending fan’s experience on a match day”.

Now in its sixth year, the Enterprise Challenge is supported by the Premier League and Sports Relief and has become an important milestone in Club Communities events calendar. Over 8,000 young people have taken part in the Challenge to date.

Our chosen group from Carshalton, Sutton, will be mentored by Education and Training Manager, Susan Patterson-Smith, who will put the team through their paces to ensure they are ready for the competition in the next round.

Good luck to all taking part.


Crystal Palace U21 duo congratulate achievements of graduates with the Foundation


Crystal Palace FC U21s players, David Gregory and Ben Wynter, joined the participants of the Barclays’ Premier League Works Programme with project coordinator, Susan Patterson-Smith, to congratulate the achievements of 25 graduates.

The programme uses the power of business and sport to re-focus disadvantaged young people, aged 16-24yrs, and equip them with the employability skills they need to move closer to the job market.

Together with Barclays and the Premier League the Crystal Palace FC Foundation have supported marginalised young people in the Sutton and Croydon area by kick-starting their careers with business and sports sector related qualifications. The programme was also designed to provide participants with the confidence, experience and assurance needed to make a positive transition in to the world of work or training.

Whilst on the course the participants gained accredited certificates in: Community Sports Leaders Award Level 1, Emergency First Aid, Conflict Management Awareness and FA Level 1 Coaching.

The project is also in line with national government incentives and a local council push to reduce youth unemployment in our south London boroughs.

Over 90% of participants who attended the Barclays Premier League Works Employability Programme have re-entered education, found employment or further training and participate in regular volunteering opportunities supported by Crystal Palace FC Foundation’s volunteer’s programme.

The celebration ceremony, held at Selhurst Park, honored the participants with a Certificate of Merit presented by U21s goalkeeper and defender respectfully, Gregory and Wynter. The participants were also offered the chance to ask the Palace youngsters about their journey with CPFC and any advice they would have about positive career pathways.

Councillor Jayne McCoy, Chair of Sutton Council’s Housing, Economy and Business Committee, said: “Tackling youth unemployment is always a priority for the council, so we are pleased that Crystal Palace FC Foundation is working towards this common goal. The Foundation and its partners’ efforts, combined with the council’s ongoing work in this area through its Sutton Skills Match programme, will hopefully go hand-in-hand towards maximising opportunities for young people in the borough.”

For more information on new Employability Programmes run by Crystal Palace FC Foundation please contact: Susan Patterson-Smith on 0208 634 5418 or


The Foundation bag treble of awards


Crystal Palace FC Foundation scoop the ‘Football Club Diversity’ Award

The Foundation has placed claim on a third piece of silverware for the 2015/16 season by winning the title of Football Club Diversity at the annual Football for Good Awards on Wednesday 2nd December.

The awards, hosted by Sky Sports News football expert Ed Chamberlin, took place at Billingsgate Vaults in London and brought together some inspiring personalities of the sporting world. Guests included BBC Sports Broadcaster Jacqui Oatley, Football for Good patron, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) and England Women internationals Rachel Yankee, Claire Rafferty and Laura Bassett.

The Football Club Diversity award – sponsored by the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) – recognised a club or community scheme that uses football as a vehicle to promote inclusion, diversity and participation beyond traditional barriers.

Importantly, the Crystal Palace FC Foundation workforce is a reflection of this accolade, with Black and Ethnic Minority (BaME) and female representation across all levels of the organisation – including management and leadership.

The Palace Foundation has established a series of programmes, which use football to empower communities and give traditionally marginalised young people and adults the chance to participate.

This work focuses on providing opportunities for young women and girls to play mainstream football, engaging disabled participants by tailoring the game to meet their specific needs and using football as a hook to engage Black and Minority Ethnic (BaME) groups.

Head of Crystal Palace FC Foundation, Donald Forde – as one of only two BaME leaders of Football Foundations in the Premier League (Aston Villa being the other) – was particularly excited to accept an award for the advancement of diversity in football.

He commented: “It’s a privilege to be associated with Crystal Palace FC, a club that represents the very best of South London. We put a huge emphasis on making sure our workforce and the programmes we deliver are entirely representative of our community.

With the motto of ‘South London and Proud’, Crystal Palace has longstanding roots in the local communities of South London; an area defined by its diversity. We embrace this and allow it to strengthen our values and help inform our delivery.”

Director on the board of Surrey County FA, Equalities Committee Member and CPFC Foundation Community Development Director, Soye Briggs, has spoken about the need for Crystal Palace to capture the hearts of the local community and offer opportunities that transcend the conventional parameters of the game.

Briggs, said: “The Foundation has worked hard to become an organisation that lead on promoting the equality and diversity agenda. It is fantastic to be recognised for our commitment to community causes and specifically the projects we run that make football accessible to anyone with an interest in it.”


Jamie Broughton Wins ‘Best Young Person’ Award


Community Coach, Jamie Broughton, Wins ‘young Person Of The Year’ Award

Crystal Palace FC Foundation coach, Jamie Broughton, has won a Creating Chances ‘Young Person of the Year’ Award at Tuesday night’s annual London & Quadrant Housing Association’s awards ceremony held at the Dorchester Hotel.

Jamie is himself an alumnus of the L&Q Breaking Barriers programme, which was delivered by the Crystal Palace FC Foundation back in the summer of 2013 to address some of the social and cultural tensions in the borough.

The programme was initiated against the backdrop of the July riots in 2011 and the pressures around youth unemployment. It was designed to target some of the hardest hit young people, aged 16-24, who were out of work and at risk of not fulfilling their potential.

Jamie became a successful graduate of the programme in 2013, progressed to a volunteer with the Foundation in October of that year and has recently made the progression from a sessional coach to a lead coach and Community Development Assistant, supporting and leading on his own projects.

The programmes offered under the umbrella of Community Development at Crystal Palace are centred on engagement, inclusion and education and have given hundreds of local young people the training and qualifications they need to kick-start their careers.

Now a FA Level 2 accredited coach, Jamie, said: “I have changed my focus and outlook on life and now direct my energy into developing my career. By harnessing the skills I learnt on the course I have become a successful and confident coach. I have already achieved more than I thought I could a few years back.”

Kelly Dummer, Community Development Manager, has commented on his transition: “I have worked with Jamie for the past 18-months and it’s a joy to see his weekly progression. Jamie is now a competent coach with experience and plenty of enthusiasm. He is an asset to the community team and thoroughly deserves this recognition.”

The Crystal Palace FC Foundation are running L&Q holiday programmes in Croydon throughout school holiday periods in 2015/2016, as part of the London-wide L&Q ‘One Goal’ programme, which includes structured sporting activities and training/volunteering opportunities.

Please contact: for more information.


Fraizer Campbell and John Salako celebrate Prince’s Trust milestone


Football Champions Change: Fraizer Campbell And John Salako Join The Crystal Palace FC Foundation And The Prince’s Trust To Celebrate The Role Of Football In Changing Lives

Twenty young people who had recently been a part of the Prince’s Trust Football Initiative, delivered by the Crystal Palace FC Foundation, were greeted by Eagles legends, both past and present, at a celebratory event held at Selhurst Park on Wednesday.

The event marked the 18th anniversary of the Prince’s Trust Football Initiative, which has successfully supported over 25,000 young people since its inception in 1997.

With the ongoing support of the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association, the Football Initiative works with over 40 Premier League and Football League Clubs helping young people develop their confidence, motivation and team working skills.

Current first team forward, Fraizer Campbell and ex-player and club legend/first team coach, John Salako, were part of a panel that spoke to the audience on the theme of ‘what football has taught me’. Prince’s Trust alumni and now Crystal Palace FC Foundation coach, Emmanuel Nwanze, was also on hand to give a personal account of his journey from a project participant to a fully qualified coach.

The Crystal Palace FC Foundation are entering the fourth year of delivery on this project and have provided hundreds of youngsters with qualifications in coaching, first aid and safeguarding with the intention of widening opportunities in education, training or the workplace.

Fraizer Campbell, Crystal Palace FC first team and Prince’s Trust Ambassador, said: “There have been many tough points throughout my development as a footballer and there is a certain element of ‘unknown’ when you pursue a career in sport. I want to give inspiration to these youngsters, who may have grown up in difficult circumstances, to meet any challenge with courage and determination. The Crystal Palace FC Foundation do fantastic work in our surrounding community and partnered with The Prince’s Trust, provide a great support network for youngsters to realise their potential through sport.”

Emmanuel Nwanze, Prince’s Trust graduate and Crystal Palace FC Coach, said: “The coaches and mentors I have worked with at the Crystal Palace FC Foundation have given me the confidence to pursue something I didn’t know I was good at, or even had an interest in. My journey is perfectly summed up in the phrase ‘dare to dream’ and I hope that my story will provide the inspiration for other young people to follow in my footsteps.”

Donald Forde, Head of Crystal Palace FC Foundation, said: “The Crystal Palace FC Foundation are proud to deliver on both Prince’s Trust Get Started with Football and Fairbridge follow-on programmes, so it’s great to see young people being inspired by sport to create a better future for themselves, and to celebrate that here at Selhurst Park with our Palace stars, old and new.”

Richard Scudamore, Premier League Chief Executive, said: “The Premier League and The Prince’s Trust have championed the power of sport to change lives over the past 18 years. It’s amazing to think that, through our Football Initiative, 25,000 young people have discovered how sport can boost confidence, provide motivation and deliver the essential team-working skills needed in the world of work.”

Gordon Taylor OBE, Chief Executive of the PFA, said: “Today’s event is a chance for young people to meet players but it’s something that inspires both parties. For the young people it’s a chance to find out how their heroes coped with difficulties, and came through. And for the players, it’s a chance to find out more about the challenges facing today’s youngsters and how football can help them overcome obstacles.”