Archives for June 2016

Street Golf National Finals

On Wednesday 15th June the Street Golf National Finals were held at the 3 Hammers Golf Complex. Ted, Joel, Zach and Joe from Riddlesdown Collegiate represented CPFC Foundation after competing at the Regionals at Selhurst Park in May.

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Over the last month Steve Stiller from Farleigh Golf course had been giving the boys lessons so they were prepared for the day. The day was split into 2 competitions, in the morning the players were paired up and played ‘Super Sixes’ and in the afternoon they played as individuals in a ‘Flag competition’ Overall the team had a great day improving their golf and had a fantastic experience.

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Roxanne Bennett (Sport Development Officer, CPFC) said ‘We had a fantastic time at the Street Golf Finals. The 4 boys that represented the Foundation played really well and improved throughout the day. Thanks must go to the Golf Foundation and 3 Hammers Golf Complex for organising and hosting the event and to Mr Chapman for bringing the boys. We look forward to next finals’

For more information on FREE Golf Lessons please contact Roxanne Bennett admin@palaceforlife.org

Holiday Courses – Bromley / Bishops Justus School / Skills Course / Aug1 2016

Inclusive Eagles LD Football First Game

Working in partnership with Orpington FC, a local club in Bromley, the Crystal Palace FC Foundation has been running weekly football coaching sessions on a Friday night giving local children aged 12-16 with learning difficulties the opportunity to play football and socialise on a regular basis. This has resulted in the creating of a team to give them the opportunity to play competitive games against other clubs. The program, funded by the Inclusive United DFDS Fund, has been running for 16 weeks so far, with two Crystal Palace Foundation coaches leading each session while Orpington FC coaches watch, learn from and build a rapport with the children. This will prepare the Orpington coaches for taking over the team in the next couple months.

On Friday 20th of May the team had their first game against Charlton Athletic Ability Counts FC (CAACFC), a learning disability team from Charlton Athletic F.C. The squad for Orpington consisted of: Alfie Argent, Jordan Abel, Molly Dry (GK), Mathew Flannery, Joshua Greenwood, David Groves, Jack Owens, Alfie Schnarr, Sammy Thompson. Looking the part as they turned up in their full kit, you could sense the excitement between the players on both teams as they began their warm up. Once all the warm ups, greetings and rule explanations were out of the way the game was ready to start.

Orpington made a flying start, hitting the post almost immediately before forcing the Charlton goal keeper into several crucial saves. Just as Charlton were growing into the game and having forced an important save from Molly Dry, Jordan and Alfie produced a wonderful passing attack to open the scoring. A second followed in quick succession, again scored by Jordan, before a massive stroke of luck made it 3-0 to Orpington. The Charlton keeper pulled off another fantastic save pushing the ball onto the post from Sammy Thompson, only for the ball rebound off a defender and roll into the net.

The second half started much the same way as the first for Palace with an agonisingly close miss from Jack Owens after a great interception and pass from Mathew Flannery. Charlton’s influence began to grow on the game after this however, and after a quick counter attacking move managed to pull a goal back to 3-1. If not for some last ditch defending from Mathew and vital tackles from David Groves the lead could easily have been reduced further. Until a flurry of goals late on saw the game finish 6-1 in Orpington’s favour.

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All in all the game itself was a brilliant occasion with lots of parents turning up to make a brilliant and positive atmosphere. The players evidentially thoroughly enjoyed themselves as were asking for a rematch as soon as the final whistle had been blown.

The sessions will run every Friday at the Darrick Wood Leisure center (BR6 8ER) on the 3G pitch. The Foundation would like to encourage anyone who would like be involved to get in contact with Michael Harrington: admin@palaceforlife.org

New CP Football Session

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