Archives for September 2016

Street Football Association Tournament, Tuesday 30th August 2016


The CPFC Foundation were invited to take part in the first ever Street Football tournament, alongside a host of Premier League clubs. The event was hosted by the Street Football Association, formerly the Homeless FA and part of the Centrepoint group.

Taking place at the Black Prince Community Trust in Kennington, both men and women’s teams competed in a 4 a side tournament where at least one player had to stay in the opposition’s half at all times. This ensured high scoring and attacking football and the Foundation were lucky enough to have England international, Angel O’Dwyer (fresh from a stint at the SF World Cup in Glasgow) among their players.

The Foundation’s teams were comprised of young people representing a variety of in-house programmes such as ‘Barclays Premier League Works’, the ‘Community Eagles Volunteer Programme’ and ‘Aspire’ employability.

The football on show was of a high standard and complimented by the introduction of ‘fair play’ points, an added incentive for participants to demonstrate respect and sporting integrity on the pitch. Palace’s women’s team narrowly missed out on the reaching the final whilst the men lost in the semi’s to eventual winners, Arsenal who themselves boasted a number of England internationals.

To cap off a wonderful day, Crystal Palace received the Fair Play award, recognising their conduct and contribution throughout the tournament.






Fitter Fans every Tuesday from 4th October



Matt Sharp – Anything is Possible

Matthew Sharp 28, a lifelong Crystal Palace FC fan, has been a part of the CPFC Foundation Powerchair Football team for the last 2 years. The CPFC Foundation support people of all ages with disabilities to improve their physical and social skills through the power of inclusion and sports participation.

Matthew was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and ADHD at the tender age of 7. His involuntary tics; causing him to shout and move parts of his body uncontrollably, caused issues throughout his early years of education at Hayes Primary School in Kenley. He was classed as a ‘naughty’ child by those unbeknown to his conditions, and punished for certain actions that he was unable to control within his school environment. His loud vocalisations caused unwanted attention by individuals in public believing that he was doing them deliberately.

Matt loved playing football with his family and friends, riding his bike regularly and spending lots of time outdoors. However his mobility became more restricted when his tics started to worsen and he became less able to move freely. By the time Matt reached secondary school stage, he had taken an interest in art, which soon turned into one of his passions and surprisingly reduced his tics. But sadly, while art supressed his tics, it did not put a stop to them completely… Matt’s tics continued to worsen over time and caused him to experience a spinal injury which caused his mobility to deteriorate even further. Following his spinal injury Matt has been a wheelchair user for the past 8 years and will continue to use on for his foreseeable future.

Although Matt’s mobility was restricted, his love for football still remained the same, he started going to watch Crystal Palace FC matches at Selhurst Park Stadium where he was positively accepted by the other fans. Due to the noisy and hectic football environment, Matt’s tics and loud vocalisations went unnoticed helping him feel more comfortable in this particular social environment.

Matt’s new found social circle pushed him to want to get back into sports. With his carers support he was able to join a local Powerchair Football team – CPFC Foundation. This had a huge impact on his confidence because before this, Matt was physically unable to participate in any physical sports, let alone be a part of any sports related team.


Matt (above) demonstrates his ability to play Power chair Football in it’s fast paced environment which doesn’t restrict him from playing

The sense of belonging is a feeling Matt hadn’t experienced in a very long time, but he now feels like he is truly part of a team where he is supported by his coach, Michael Harrington, and other members of the team that have had similar difficulties to him in life. Matt has made new friendships with other team members and encourages other wheelchair users to become a part of the CPFC Foundation Powerchair team – “Being in a wheelchair can’t stop you playing football”. Additionally Matt shows a huge amount of respect and appreciation to the coaching team for helping teaching him how to do his best, how his actions affect others and how to be a team player.

Matt looks forward to his weekly CPFC Foundation Powerchair sessions and loves playing against other teams. He enjoys every minute of the games, regardless the result. He also feels it’s important to make the most of this amazing opportunity, as at one point in his life he thought he would never be able to achieve this level of social inclusion and acceptance within a sport and a team that he loves.

“Playing helps my condition and it helps me concentrate”.

The Powerchair football has now fulfilled his wishes and has given him the chance to play football as part of the team that he has been supporting since he was 5 years old.

Matt’s parents and carers had been unable to find any other sport that he would be able to do and would give him the same thrills that football once did and have noticed considerable changes in Matt since he started training with us. His mum, Christine, observed

“Since Matthew has been involved with CPFC Foundation I have noticed his levels of enthusiasm and confidence have risen. He can now see himself as part of a team, and has been able to look at other aspects of his life in a more positive way. He is keen to exhibit more of his art work, and to try other things he didn’t think he could do before.”

Matt feels very confident and enthusiastic about this whole new aspect in his life and has a more positive outlook for future prospects. Since he joined the Crystal Palace Powerchair Football Club he has become more open minded towards trying different sports activities, where before the thought of failure or embarrassment of trying a new activity would discourage him. But although Matt is more open minded to try new activities, Powerchair Football still remains to be his favourite sport!

The ‘Move it, Lose it!’ programme


The ‘Move it, Lose it!’ programme starts Wednesday 31st August, 7-9pm and runs for 12 weeks at Waddon Leisure Centre, Purley Way, Croydon, CR0 4RG. Car Parking available.

  • Want to lose weight and learn how to lead a healthier lifestyle?
  • Informative workshops on Healthy Eating, Smart Budget Eating, Alcohol Awareness, how to deal with stress, etc.
  • Support network of ladies going through the same lifestyle change journey
  • Includes weightwatchers guidance and weigh ins every week
  • 8-9pm will be activities such as Zumba, Boxercise, Move & Glow and loads more.


For more information or to register please contact Beth Towle on 0208 768 6015 or email

The Mayor of London gives seal of approval to L&Q One Goal

The L&Q One Goal Programme has received a boost with an endorsement from Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London.

One Goal is the country’s biggest free holiday programme. It is delivered by Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) in partnership with L&Q Housing and Crystal Palace FC Foundation along with 7 other London clubs to provide sport and creative arts projects for young people across London.

Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London, said:
“London is world-renowned for its sport and culture.As Mayor I’m committed to helping young people lead healthier, more active lifestyles, so I am really proud to see this successful partnership between some of the capital’s biggest football clubs and a valued housing partner continue for another year. I’m confident it will inspire even more young Londoners to get active and creative during their summer holidays.”

One Goal uses sports and creative arts to motivate young people to be physically active, make healthy lifestyle choices and enjoy creative pursuits during the school holidays.

Last year, One Goal engaged over 8,000 young people across London aged 5-21.

Kelly Dummer, Community Development Manager for Crystal Palace FC, Foundation said:

“We are very excited to be a part of the L&Q One Goal holiday programme for a 2nd year running, providing holiday activities to hundreds of local young Croydon residents. Investment in grassroots sports and the creative arts is crucial therefore we are thrilled to be able to deliver a range of activities throughout the summer holidays through this investment from L&Q.”

Matthew Corbett, Assistant Director Community Investment for L&Q, said:
“One Goal provides positive and fun activities to engage young people and support parents outside of term-time, which is particularly important over these long summer holidays. One Goal is part of L&Q’s mission to create great communities and places where people want to live.”