Archives for March 2016

Free holiday activities in Croydon funded by L&Q

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For more information on Free holiday activities in Croydon, or any other aspects of our holiday activities program, please contact Michael Harrington on 020 8768 6047 or


Sutton LD Football Festival


The Crystal Palace FC Foundation held its first Sutton Learning Disabilities Football Festival in the CPFC Academy Dome last week. 50 players from in and around the Sutton area joined us for a great day of matches played in a super friendly, safe environment where all got the opportunity to make new friends and put into practice the skills that they have been learning over the past few months.

This great day was hosted in partnership with Great Britain Special Olympics who have been funding the weekly LD football training sessions we are currently putting on in Sutton. A Learning Disability is a reduced intellectual ability, normally caused before or shortly after birth. Almost all learning disabilities are permanent and can impact a person’s life in a number of ways. A person with a learning disability will tend to need more time to learn new things. This means they may find aspects of daily life, such as carrying out basic household tasks or making friends, more difficult.


The CPFC Foundation is aiming to create equality of opportunity for every person with a learning disability to participate in sport. The benefits that this brings include improved motor skills, physical fitness and functional ability and the opportunity to develop self-esteem, confidence and gain family interaction with new friends and the wider community.

The Foundations Disability Officer Michael Harrington, whose post is funded by the Premier League and Professional Footballers Association, gave this insight into the Festival.‘It was great to see people from all the sessions that we put on across Sutton come together for this day. It can be a hard thing for some of our players to attempt new things and go to new places. However the warm and friendly atmosphere enabled the players to feel comfortable, and when we started playing it was the joy of being able to play football that really put a smile on the faces. These events are a real treat for the players but also a great way for their carers, teachers, family members and support workers to meet each other and share ideas and information that only helps this often marginalised area of our Community.’


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

Schools Tournament

On Wednesday 23rd March, a team from each surrounding borough convened on Beckenham to compete for the right to represent Palace at this year’s Premier League Schools Tournament finals in May. Contesting the U11 competition were Hayes Primary School from Bromley, St James the Great Primary School from Croydon and Barrow Hedges Primary School from Sutton. Battling it out in the U13 girls competition were Stanley Park High representing Tandridge, Charles Darwin from Bromley, Edenham High from Croydon and Greenshaw High of Sutton.

The teams contested a league consisting of 6 games each, with the eventual league winners taking their place at Goodison Park, home of Everton FC, in May. Some excellent football and tenacious tackling saw Hayes Primary triumph in the U11 competition without losing a game – good luck in the finals!
In the U13 girls competition the league was very competitive, but thanks to a fabulous team spirit and brilliant individual displays, Greenshaw High came out on top. This will be the second year in a row that Greenshaw High have represented CPFC at the national finals, a fantastic achievement!
Good luck to both teams, who compete at Goodison Park on Tuesday 17th May.

All the very best to Croydon’s ‘Fearsome Five’!


Crystal Palace FC is proud to have our home in Croydon and we would like to say a big Thank You to five very special young people who have been busy showing the Council how to respond to some of the really big challenges which the borough is facing. Jacob, Daniel, Adele, Aisling and Tyrese have been working directly alongside Croydon CEO Nathan Elvery and his team as part of an innovative new project aimed at showing local young people what’s it’s like to be in charge of a diverse local authority. Dubbed the ‘Fearsome Five’ they have been instrumental in developing proposals for a wide range of issues covering health, poverty, education and housing. We were honoured to have Jacob, Daniel, Adele, Aisling and Tyrese as our guests, pictured above with Nathan, theirs carers as well as Education Leads, Diana and Sairah at a hard fought Leicester Game on Saturday. All the best for the future guys, It was great having you with us and we hope to see you again.


Inclusion Open Day 7th April 2016

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


Celebrating Woman in Football International Woman’s Day 8th March 2016




Sport Development Officer – Crystal Palace FC Foundation

My playing career:

  • Heatherside FC
  • Southampton Centre of Excellence
  • Fulham Ladies FC
  • Surrey (Schools and Senior)
  • AFC Wimbledon FC
  • Westham Ladies FC

My career journey:

  • Women and Girls Development Officer –Fulham FC
  • Senior Coach – The David Beckham Academy
  • Senior Coach – Arsenal Soccer School, Oman
  • Skills Coach –The FA
  • Sports Development Officer – CPFC Foundation




Community Development Administrator / Coach – Crystal Palace FC Foundation

My career journey:

  • Qualified FA Level 1 Football Coach 2014
  • CPFC Foundation Volunteer Coach April 2014
  • Trainee Community Development Officer June 2014
  • Lead coach at a weekly community programme session




Education, Training & Employability – Crystal Palace FC Foundation

My career journey:

  • Visiting Teacher @ Wimbledon High School for Girls
  • Specialist Pre & Postnatal Trainer @ The Balm
  • Youth Work Apprenticeship Lecturer @ Skill Serve Ltd
  • STLS Apprenticeship Lecturer @ LESOCO
  • Education, Training & Employability Manager – CPFC Foundation




Administration Officer – Crystal Palace FC Foundation

My background:

  • Studied at Harris Academy South Norwood Sixth Form – left with all Distinction*’s in Business and Media Diploma and Sub Diploma
  • Volunteered at The CPFC Study centre for a year – Achieved a Jack Petchey Award
  • Worked part time at The CPFC as a waitress and hostess in their Hospitality department for 2 years
  • Currently working at The CPFC Foundation as an Administration Officer




Community Development Manager – Crystal Palace FC Foundation

My sporting career in South Africa:

  • Western Province Squash (1994-1998)
  • Boland Hockey 1998


My career journey:

  • Outdoor Adventure Instructor & Team Leader – PGL & Skern Lodge
  • Outdoor Centre Operations Manager – EBO Adventure
  • Sport and Community Development Manager – Fusion Leisure
  • Community Development Manager – CPFC Foundation




Conference & Events Manager – Crystal Palace FC

My career journey:

  • Events and Marketing Exec, Eire Communications, Ireland
  • Senior Events and Sponsorship Exec, O2 Ireland
  • Events Manager, Croydon Chamber of Commerce
  • Conference & Events Manager, CPFC




Head of Safeguarding & Equality – Crystal Palace FC

My career journey:

  • 22 years as a Detective within the public protection unit within the Police, managing investigations into child & adult abuse, high risk domestic abuse and forced marriage


Fergus McGovern


Crystal Palace Football Club are saddened to announce the sudden and tragic passing of Fergus McGovern.

Fergus has been a near permanent fixture in the boardroom at Palace for over 15 years, becoming one of the clubs first Associate Directors. He was also our Vice Chair of the Crystal Palace FC Foundation, always supporting events with not only attendance but significant financial contributions.

In his professional life Fergus was one of the most successful talents within the video games industry, with over 30 years’ experience in interactive game and toy development. His position as one of the world’s foremost game developers was cemented during his time as founder and President of Probe Entertainment.

Fergus was also granted the Freedom of the City of London for his charity work.

He will be sorely missed by everyone at the club and our deepest sympathy go to his wife Deanna and his children, Abby, Ryan and Ella.

Palace Team Up With ACN SA For BPL Live


Crystal Palace Football Club have teamed up with Active Communities Network South Africa to organise and deliver community sports initiatives to young people in Cape Town as part of the Barclays Premier League Live event.

Crystal Palace FC will deliver coaching and coach development sessions led by Gary Mulcahey (Director of Sports Development, Crystal Palace FC Foundation) before hosting two boys and two girls’ community football tournaments in local communities.

The tournaments will be held on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 March 2016 in Heideveld and Hout Bay respectively. The boys’ tournament will consist of under 11’s and girls under 13’s, with the finalists of each boys’ and girls’ tournaments competing in the finals at the Barclays Premier League Live showcase event taking place on Sunday, 20 March 2016 at Camps Bay High School.

Following the BPL event, Active Communities Network South Africa will be implementing a two year community project in the Hout Bay area offering sports participation, personal and social development projects, accredited training and employability initiatives. This will provide a legacy for the visit of Crystal Palace FC in Cape Town and a platform for future partnership work with the club and it’s Foundation

Gary Stannett MBE, Chief Executive of Active Communities Network said:

‘This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in Cape Town to engage with Premier League standard coaches and meet club legends, while also providing a longer term platform for community development through sport in the Hout Bay area. We have worked with Crystal Palace FC Foundation previously in the UK and Ireland, and the opportunity to work with such a high quality and professional club for the benefit of young people in South Africa is going to have a massive impact for them, volunteers and the local community.’

Phil Alexander, Chief Executive of Crystal Palace FC said:

“As a club we are all delighted to be taking part in the 2016 BPL Live event in South Africa and looking forward to returning to Cape Town after the pre-season matches we were involved in during the summer of last year.”

“We already do some great work in South Africa via our Foundation and the forthcoming event will give us further opportunity to work with the local communities in the country.”

Participants at the BPL Live event will be able to visit Premier League Activation tents, get up close to the Premier League trophy and also have the chance to meet legends of the game from a number of Premier League clubs.