Archives for February 2017

Sports Inclusion Day a Triumph

The Foundation hosted 120 men and women who have a wide variety of disabilities and additional needs for a day of sport. The event was a great success as we continue to grow our reach of those with disabilities in south London and beyond.

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Hosted in partnership with the Croydon Local Authority’s Sports and Physical Activity Team, Learning Disability Commissioning Service and Youth SEND Service, and all the guys at the Monks Hill Sports Centre. BT also provided us with some volunteers for the day.

With people coming from south and north London, Surrey and Croydon, we clearly are offering a unique experience to all those who attend. It was great to see so many people come together to join us in playing football and trying out a variety of new sports such as tennis, basketball, boccia, athletics, golf and dance.

Along with our partners we are growing our ‘Inclusive Eagles’ disability program. This has seen us deliver a wide range of specific sports and activities to pan-disability and disability specific groups over the past three years, including our weekly learning disability football coaching sessions in Croydon and 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.

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The Foundations Disability Manager Michael Harrington, whose post is funded by the Premier League and Professional Footballers Association, gave this insight into the Festival: “This was our second Sports Inclusion Day and I honestly think this beats the last one, which I didn’t think was possible!  It really was wonderful to see so many people join us and really feel able to let their hair down, relax and just enjoy doing what we all love: playing sport.”

Arthur Hawksworth, a support worker from the Lambeth Elfrida Rathbone Society added: “I just wanted to email to say a massive thank you to you and those involved in organising and running such a good day on Friday. The service user I attended with went home with a beaming smile and could not stop talking about how much he enjoyed the day, football especially! It was amazing to see so many people all together all enjoying themselves; I don’t think I saw anyone without a smile on their face!”

The CPFC Foundation is aiming to create equality of opportunity for every person with a 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.

For more information on Inclusion Sports, or any other aspects of our Disability program, please contact Michael on 020 8768 6047 or admin@palaceforlife.org

Get your groove back

last-week-group-photoWe are delivering a FREE Women’s Health event, Tuesday 7th March, 6.30 – 9.30pm.

Come along to Selhurst Park stadium to our FREE event and join Natalie Robertson from Spirohealth Clinic who will be delivering a workshop about the following topics:

STOP negative voices in your head.
ONE food to balance blood sugar, lose weight, ditch toxins and fix digestive issues.
Fat burning recipes you can take away and try today!
Tapping into your powerful mind system for greater success in life.

All attendees will be entered into a prize draw where YOU could WIN a Fitbit, Nutribullet, £50 Centrale voucher and MORE.

Free healthy snacks and refreshments will be served during the evening where we will also be joined by an employability and health expert.

For more information please contact the Health Coordinator Beth Towle: admin@palaceforlife.org or call 0208 7686015

Booking link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-health-wellbeing-event-do-you-want-to-get-your-groove-back-tickets-31931339496

Mansion Auction

16x9-Foundation-Comp-Final2Crystal Palace Club Sponsors Mansion have teamed up with the CPFC Foundation to help support the Crystal Palace FC Down’s Syndrome club.

Mansion have very kindly donated their Executive Box for 10 guests for the CPFC v Watford fixture on Saturday 18th March 2017, 3pm kick-off, in order to help raise vital funds to allow the CPFC Foundation to continue their fantastic work.

Supporters have the opportunity to submit a bid for the Executive Box (food and drink available at an extra cost) by emailing boxbids@mansion.com before Wednesday 1st March 2017 when the winning bidder will be contacted.

The winning bid will be donated in its entirety to the CPFC Foundation, which supports vital work in the community – including the running of the Crystal Palace FC Down’s Syndrome club.

These weekly fun-filled sessions offer children and young adults the opportunity to play football alongside other like-minded people with Down’s Syndrome, allowing them to make friends, have fun and learn new skills whilst developing their confidence.

Improve your fitness and represent Crystal Palace

group fitter fans pictureCalling all Crystal Palace fans (40+ year old men) who want to lose weight and become more active! Take part in a mini league to take the most steps using your FREE Fitbit.

fanActiv is a free healthy lifestyle programme aimed at engaging football fans from the following clubs; Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, Brentford, Queens Park Rangers, Leyton Orient, Fulham, Charlton Athletic, and AFC Wimbledon.

Each participant’s club will engage with others in attempt to foster competitive spirit with the intention of losing weight and being advised on how to lead a healthier lifestyle. Crystal Palace hopes that their fans can be top of the fanActiv weight-loss/physical activity league for 2017!

FanActiv will support fans through a FREE 12-week healthy lifestyles programme that will take place at Charles Darwin Leisure Centre, 7.30-9.30pm. Over the 12 weeks each participant will receive:

  • A FREE Fitbit physical activity tracker
  • Healthy eating workshops
  • A variety of Fitness sessions delivered by Crystal Palace FC Foundation Coaches
  • Five-a-side football plus matches against QPR, Fulham, Spurs, etc!
  • Training Ground visit

To get involved, please contact the Health Coordinator, Beth Towle for more details: admin@palaceforlife.org or telephone 0208 768 6015

Foundation hosts Networking Event

CPFC Foundation has hosted a Big Localities Networking Event bringing together heads of local charities to discuss issues affecting young people in Croydon.

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Andrew Opie, Director of Safety at Croydon Council and Jeff Boothe, Chief Superintendent of Croydon Metropolitan Police were guest speakers and gave an insight into their outlook for the Borough.

Reflecting on the relationship CPFC Foundation has with the Croydon Metropolitan Police, Jeff Boothe said:

“It’s fantastic that CPFC are quite clearly community focused, looking at being engaged and having a real legacy. We look forward to working with the Foundation to achieve their aims as they are aligned to our core values.”

Soye Briggs, Director of Community Development at CPFC Foundation said:

“Crystal Palace FC & the Foundation are truly committed to partnership work in our local community and the Croydon Big Localities Network event brought together voluntary Sector organisations, the Council and the Met Police as a great example of this. We are all passionate about the young people in Croydon and want them to do well, so sharing best practise ideas and understanding the strategic priorities that benefit young people is of the highest importance.”