Archives for April 2017

Trustee Application – Palace for Life Foundation

 

Background

The Palace for Life Foundation is the official charity of Crystal Palace FC.
Our mission is to help young South Londoners grow through the power of sport, inspiring them to find a better path in life, for a better life.

We believe that everyone matters, irrespective of race, religion, beliefs or background. And by giving extra support to the most vulnerable, we will help create a better community and society.

Although the name is new, we’ve been working with young people in our area for over 25 years. At our heart, we believe in the value of positive action and through the ‘Power of Palace’ helping young South Londoners enjoy the good that comes from taking part in sport and team activities. And, most importantly, keeping our young people safe is at the core of everything we do.

Our vision is to be recognised as the charity of choice for Crystal Palace fans, the foremost youth development organisation in South London and amongst the most pioneering football community foundations in the UK.

We run a range of programmes for young, and some not so young, people in South London. These include football academies, holiday courses, primary stars, disability football, women and girls, Kicks (community activities in areas of deprivation), employability and volunteering.

New Trustees

We are recruiting now for new members for our Board of Trustees, to serve for three years starting June 2017, to work on an unpaid basis to help steer the charity through the next phase of its development. Our aim is to build a team with the range of skills to take the Foundation to the next level and to support our three growth priorities of:

      • Physical and mental health in children and young people
      • Early interventions for young people at risk
      • Readiness for work

We are looking for candidates with proven track record to enhance our current team of four Trustees, with expertise in one or more of the following areas:

      • Education sector
      • Health in children and young people
      • Media
      • Charity fundraising
      • Commercial sponsorship
      • Finance
      • Charity law

General responsibilities of the Board of Trustees

      • To ensure that the Foundation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
      • To ensure that the Foundation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
      • To ensure the Foundation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects
      • To give firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
      • To safeguard the good name and values of the Foundation
      • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the Foundation
      • To ensure the financial stability of the Foundation
      • To protect and manage the property of the Foundation and to ensure the proper investment of the Foundation’s funds
      • To appoint the Chief Executive Officer and monitor his / her performance.

Key personal qualities

      • Commitment to the Foundation and willingness to devote time and effort to make the Foundation the best in its sector
      • A passion for Crystal Palace FC is desirable but not essential
      • Strategic vision
      • Independent and impartial judgement
      • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
      • Strong presentation, communication and interpersonal skills
      • Leadership skills
      • Diplomacy
      • Commitment to equalities

Equality

The Palace for Life Foundation endorses the principle of equality and will strive to ensure that everyone who wishes to be involved in the club whether as players, match-day fans, staff, board members, participants in Foundation programmes and other people engaged with the club’s activities (for example, suppliers, corporate partners):

  • Has a genuine and equal opportunity to participate to the full extent of their own ambitions and abilities, without regard to their age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation; and
  • Can be assured of an environment in which their rights, dignity and individual worth are respected, and in particular that they are able to enjoy their engagement at the club without the threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment, bullying and abuse.

Safeguarding

  • The Palace for Life Foundation acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory requirements and responsibilities, government guidance, recognised best practice and complies with Premier League and EFL rules.
  • The club expects all staff, players, volunteers, contractors and guests to share this commitment.

To apply

Please email Donald Forde at donaldforde@palaceforlife.org with a CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the requirements of the roles and why you want to be considered.

Closing date for applications 5pm on 31st May 2017.

A small number of successful applicants will be invited for interview in June with the Board of Trustees and CEO, with a view to joining the Board in July.

Foundation joins Man v Fat Football

Officially endorsed by the Football Association, MAN v FAT football is a nationwide initiative for men who want to lose weight. With a new league setup in Croydon through the Palace for Life Foundation, Palace fans can now take part in the 15 week programme which promises “You will be fitter, healthier and beating fat. The only thing you have to do is lose weight.”

To register your interest click here and select Croydon. The league is decided not just on points won, but pounds lost!

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Palace for Life Foundation and MAN v FAT will give support to every player with unique resources, inspiration and 24/7 support to help you lose weight, get fitter and enjoy the beautiful game.

We’re calling fans to attend our registration session, which gives all players a chance to meet each other and assign to a team.

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How it works?
Each week, players will be weighed and compared to previous weeks to determine weight loss/gain. These results will affect the score line of the 30 minute match so the incentive is not just to perform on the pitch but to lose weight too. So in short, goals will be awarded for weight loss!

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Results each week are then placed into a league, for more information please visit https://www.manvfatfootball.org/

The League starts Tuesday 1st August at Selhurst Sports Arena, SE25 5PH, 7-8pm where free car parking is available. £10 deposit is required when you register and then £10 every 4 weeks for league fees.

Contact bethanytowle@palaceforlife.org or call 020 8768 6047 for more information.

Play alongside Palace Legends at Selhurst Park

For almost 100 years, countless legends have graced the hallowed turf of Selhurst Park and created unforgettable moments. On May 27th it’s your turn! Through a series of auctions fans will be able to bid for the chance to play for and alongside former Crystal Palace players.

Each auction is for a position in one of two teams, for either the first half or second half of the game. Bidding will start at £100 for each position, and if a bid surpasses £200, the winning bidder can have their names printed on the back of their shirts and keep the whole kit afterwards.

Eddie McGoldrick, former player and Palace for Life Foundation Academy Head Coach, has been appointed manager of one of the teams. He said “To have that feeling, with their shirt hung up and knowing they’re going to pull the Palace kit on and whip it up on the pitch at SE25, the Church, it’s going to be a dream come true for any fan and a day they will never forget”

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Successful bids will enjoy the full player experience – entering through the ‘players only’ gate, having their personal kit laid out for them in the changing rooms, enjoy team talks and tactics from their managers and then making the walk to the pitch that only a player has known. Each winning bidder will then play an unforgettable half for their team in front of a Holmesdale crowd, and support the other half from the dugout.

After the match, both squads can enjoy a drink together and watch the FA Cup on the big screen at the annual Crystal Palace Beer Festival, for which all players will receive free entry.

CLICK HERE to make your bid.

View the Palace for Life Foundation brochure

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Letter from CEO

I’m delighted to introduce you to the newly-renamed Palace for Life Foundation. Our mission is to help young South Londoners grow through the power of sport, inspiring them to find a better path in life, for a better life.

Although the name is new, we’ve been working with young people in our area for over 25 years. At our heart, we believe in the value of positive action and through the ‘Power of Palace’ helping young South Londoners enjoy the good that comes from taking part in sport and team activities. And most importantly keeping our young people safe is at the core of everything we do.

Sport can offer young people vital life lessons and instil positive values that can help them to a better future. Life lessons such as the importance of eating well, living safely, working hard at school, participating in community activities and having career aspirations. And values such as honesty, fairness, tolerance and being able to dream. Our vision is to be recognised as the most pioneering football community foundation in the UK.

We’re well supported by the club, the Premier League and our local authorities, but like all football community charities we need money to fund essential programmes where external funding isn’t yet available. Programmes like ‘Get Up Get Moving’, led by club doctor Zaf Iqbal, inspiring local primary school children to eat healthier foods and get active; our employability programmes to help those furthest from the workplace to prepare for a career; or our disability football teams.

Proceeds from the Selhurst Draw will now be helping support our programmes supporting young South Londoners. We’re planning lots of exciting fundraising activities including a legends game, gala dinner and marathon walk.

I hope you’ll join us!

Mike Summers
Chief Executive Officer

Palace for Life Foundation: a new name and new vision

Palace for Life Foundation: a new name and new vision

THE Crystal Palace Football Club Foundation is re-launching as the Palace for Life Foundation with a new vision to transform the lives of young people in south London.

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The Palace for Life Foundation will work more closely with Crystal Palace Football Club, using the power of the Palace brand to inspire young people through sport. It aims to become the charity of choice for Crystal Palace fans, harnessing their support to help fundraising, and to become known as one of the country’s most pioneering football community foundations.

The new strategy was unveiled at an event at Selhurst Park, attended by the club’s chairman Steve Parish and manager Sam Allardyce, and by the Foundation’s new chairman, Ed Warner and chief executive Mike Summers.

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The Palace for Life Foundation will run 11 core programmes, but focus on three key priorities:
– Physical and mental health – teaching children the importance of eating well and taking part in sport, promoting team work and essential life skills
– Early intervention – mentoring the disadvantaged, particularly those at most risk of becoming caught up in drugs or crime
– Fit for work – helping young people make the transition from education to employment, using sport to inspire them

The Foundation’s new mission statement states:
“We help young South Londoners grow through the power of sport, inspiring them to find a better path in life, for a better life.
We believe that everyone matters, irrespective of race, religion, beliefs or background. And by giving extra support to the most vulnerable, we will help create a better community and society.”

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Mike Summers, Palace for Life Foundation chief executive, said:
“Although the name is new, we’ve been working with young people in our area for over 25 years. Sport can offer young people vital life lessons and instil positive values that can help them to a better future. Our vision is to be recognised as the foremost youth development organisation in South London and amongst the most pioneering football community foundations in the UK.”

Croydon is one of the country’s ten most deprived boroughs and the Palace for Life Foundation’s focus will be on those at greatest risk and in most need of help. Typically, it works with almost 10,000 participants a year on its programmes, more than half of them under the age of 12, and helps around 600 people with disabilities to take part in sport.

Steve Parish, Crystal Palace Football Club chairman, said:
“The re-launch of our official charity as the Palace for Life Foundation marks an exciting milestone in our relationship with south London. The club will do all it can to support the Foundation in our shared goals of inspiring our young people to find their strongest path in life, whatever their background or ability.”

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