The programme incorporates three branches of the football club and aims to help local schools encourage learning through sport by engaging with Crystal Palace.
The SPP will support participating schools in enriching the lives of their students by raising the standard of sports among pupils by embracing all areas of the club including Palace’s Study Centre, the Academy, the club itself and the Community Foundation at the heart of the project.
At the launch Crystal Palace Football Club CEO Phil Alexander said:
“The Schools Partnership Programme enables all schools in the club’s catchment area to engage with the club across a number of initiatives. It’s free for schools to join the programme and they can take as much or as little as they want from all we have to offer. This may be via our academy, our community foundation, our study centre or the school can engage with the club directly through ticketing promotions or player appearances at their school. It’s vital we capture the hearts and minds of the local children who are going to become our supporters of tomorrow.
There is absolutely no cost for the school to join the programme and our aim is to have some form of contact with every primary school in the borough by the end of 2012.”
Diana Hewitt, a teacher at De Stafford School, said:
“We’re really excited about this programme. We’ve already been involved in a small way, some of our pupils have already benefited from the ticketing scheme and they are really keen to come again. They want to have some more football training themselves, and with a chance of meeting a player they’re really up for it. We are at the edge of the borough so most of our children have never been to a Palace home match and for them to have the opportunity to come is fantastic.
I have some great ideas to get further involved with the club such as Julian Speroni coming down to speak at one of our spanish lessons and we have plans in place to bring a design group to work within the study centre at the stadium.”
For further details on the Schools Partnership Programme contact:
020 8768 6047
020 8768 6005