Month: February 2018

Chester FC Community Trust is delighted to announce it has been selected to deliver the Premier League Primary Stars programme.

The Community Trust has received funding from the Premier League and National League Trust to deliver the national curriculum-linked education programme which uses the appeal of professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
 
The Blues are one of only a handful of clubs outside the Premier League and Football League to be taking part and primary schools across Chester, Cheshire West and Flintshire are now being encouraged to sign up for the scheme, which has already engaged more than 10,000 primary schools and 13,000 teachers in England and Wales.
 
Top names such as Juan Mata, Sadio Mane and Kevin De Bruyne have backed the programme and Chester FC players and mascot Lupus will take part in lessons to help make them more engaging for children.
 
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for local schools to get involved with a high profile programme that is having a huge impact nationally.
 
“Premier League Primary Stars enhances children’s interest and understanding across the curriculum and inspires them to be successful in everything they do.
 
“This is a great endorsement of our work and the response from schools already has been very encouraging.
 
“We’re really excited to have this opportunity and looking forward to working with pupils, teachers and schools to help them make the most of the programme.”
 
Primary Stars has been developed with teachers and education experts to provide schools with free curriculum-linked resources for PE, PHSE, English, Maths and Enterprise that will inspire children to reach their goals, whilst teaching the importance of working together and playing fair.
 
Teachers can access free downloadable learning materials such as lesson plans, activities and video content with schools having the chance to win sports kit and equipment, books and a visit from the Premier League trophy.
 
Coaches from Chester FC Community Trust will be on hand to support sessions and upskill teachers to enhance PE and school sport provision, and registered schools will have opportunities for stadium visits, competitions, festivals, player appearances and matchday experiences to add further value to the innovative programme.
 
To get your school involved in the Premier League Primary Stars programme, register free of charge at plprimarystars.co.uk.
 
If you would like to know more about the work Chester FC Community Trust do in schools, contact us on 01244 371376 or email community@chesterfc.com.

Chester Supporters FC raised £200 for City Fans United after a thrilling match with a Chester FC Staff side.
 

The staff team eventually came out on top, winning 5-3 in an end to end encounter at the University of Chester’s Parkgate Road campus, which was sponsored by Sugarman Health & Wellbeing.
 
Ben Usher fired the supporters into the lead inside the opening two minutes with a smart finish but the supporters hit back when Scott Hoather, a coach for Chester FC Community Trust and the Academy’s head of foundation phase, levelled with a deflected free-kick.
 
The staff continued to press and went ahead with an own goal, however the supporters ended the first-half strongly and missed a penalty before Michael Field equalised with a header to make it 2-2 at the turnaround.
 
Academy head coach Calum McIntyre spurned a golden chance to restore the staff team’s lead early in the second period but soon made amends as he hammered home to restore the advantage.
 
Another academy coach extended the lead to 4-2 as Martin ‘Charlie’ Farley swept in a delightful strike from distance and when Matty Thomson, making a guest appearance along with fellow youth teamer Danny Hardman, cracked in a fifth goal, the staff were in command.
 
The supporters rallied late on and Matty Dixon pulled a goal back but it was the staff who were celebrating as the full-time whistle sounded to mark the end of a good natured and competitive fixture.