The Crystal Palace FC Foundation (originally Football in the Community) was established in 1989 and became a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity in August 2008 with a board of 5 Trustees to advise and support its programme agenda. Since its inception the community programme has continued to expand and develop to the extent that it has now grown into an organisation that employs 14 full time staff and 40 sessional coaches and is widely acknowledged as a high quality service provider by its customers and associated partners.
The Foundation delivers a comprehensive and diverse sports and educational programme throughout the London boroughs of Croydon, Bromley and Sutton and works with a host of major partners including The Premier League, The Football League, The Football Association, The PFA (Professional Footballer’s Association), Football Foundation, FA 1st 4sport qualifications, Kickz, Football Aid, Barclays Spaces For Sport, Croydon Council, The Prince’s Trust, The Metropolitan Police, PACT (Personal Attainment/Community training) , Active Communities, Pro-Active London, Kick It Out, Greenwich Leisure Limited, Texaco, Local Authority Sports Development Units, Crystal Palace FC, Study Centre and Crystal Palace FC Ladies.
The Foundation’s main areas of work are Football and multi-sports development, Social Inclusion, Health and Education, Disability and Women and Girl’s Football. Working within a broad age spectrum of delivery for 3 to 19 year olds, the Foundation has consistently achieved over 100,000 participation attendances in recent years and aims to attain even higher figures in the future.
In August 2009 The Foundation was accredited with The Football League Silver Standard Community Scheme Award.