Month: March 2018

Chester FC Community Trust is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £20,000 from the Premier League Fans Fund. The grant will support the Trust in its drive to engage new fans and improve the match-day experience.

Thanks to the funding, Chester FC Community Trust will launch their Fans First initiative, which aims to attract more young people and families to matches at Chester FC.
The initiative will see the Trust develop a brand new Fan Zone on match-days to provide a vibrant, family-friendly meeting space. The zone will feature a number of activities to support this, including face painting and football inflatables.
There are also plans to improve the existing junior fans groups, Cestrians 1885 and the Junior Blues, by upskilling a cohort of volunteers. They will support a range of new engagement opportunities and activities, taking place on match-days and throughout the season.
In addition, a new Community Zone within the stadium is planned as part of the project, which will focus on fans between the ages of five and 15. The Trust and Chester FC will be working in partnership to develop understanding of how the supporter experience can be improved, with an emphasis on younger generations.

Jim Green, Chief Executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “We’re thrilled to receive this grant and very grateful to the Premier League Fans Fund for supporting us.
“Through this project, we will be able to make significant improvements to fans’ experience of attending games at the Swansway Chester Stadium, further strengthen the relationship between the Club and supporters, and ensure we are engaging and retaining both new and existing fans.”
The Premier League Fans Fund is a commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations which improve the relationship between fans and their clubs, the way football supporters engage with each other and fans’ experience of the game.
To celebrate this grant, Chester FC Community Trust will be holding a photo opportunity at the Swansway Chester Stadium on Friday 30 March, prior to their home fixture against Torquay United FC, with Club officials and supporters set to benefit from the grant.

Kelsall Primary School and St Werburgh’s & St Columba’s Catholic Primary School emerged victorious in the 2018 National League Trust Under 11s Cup.

Chester FC is one of 40 clubs from across the National League’s three divisions to have entered the national schools competition with the grand final being contested at Wembley at the promotion play-off on Sunday, May 13.
Chester FC Community Trust hosted two competitions for boys and girls at Goals Soccer Centre with 16 teams from schools in Chester and Ellesmere Port producing an exciting and competitive spectacle.

The standard of football on show during the group stages was exceptional with every game played in fantastic spirit before the top placed sides progressed to the latter stages.
The respective finals were hotly contested as St Werburgh’s overcame Saughall in the boys’ competition and the Hoole school narrowly missed out on a double victory as Kelsall defeated St Werburgh’s in the girls’ competition.

Both winners now progress to the North West finals and will represent Chester FC against schools representing clubs including Tranmere Rovers, Macclesfield Town and hosts Stockport County.
Scott Hoather, community coach for Chester FC Community Trust, said: “Our congratulations to the winning schools; however the standard of football during the tournament and attitudes of all players who took part means every school deserves a huge pat on the back.

“Kelsall and St Werburgh’s were deserving winners and we’re looking forward to supporting both schools as they represent Chester FC in the next stage of the competition.
“We would like to thank the National League Trust, Goals Soccer Centre and all of the schools who attended for supporting the tournament and making the event such a success.”

Chester FC Mental Health & Wellbeing triumphed in the first round of the 2018 edition of the FA People’s Cup.

The national competition had a record number of entries and over 45,000 players involved across 18 different categories and Blues emerged victorious in the Adult Male Premiership Disability tournament at University Church of England Academy in Ellesmere Port on Saturday, 24 February.
The Chester FC squad is made up of men who have experienced mental health difficulties and forms part of a project that helps to reduce the social isolation that people with mental health problems can experience, offering them opportunities to make friends and keep fit in a familiar environment.
Chester FC Community Trust, Forum Housing Association, Foundation Enterprises North West and the Cheshire Centre for Independent Living through the Get Yourself Active project work together to organise weekly football training sessions at the Northgate Arena and competitive fixtures in the Cheshire Ability Counts Football League.
The winning teams in each category from every venue progress to the FA People’s Cup semi-finals, which will be held at regional venues over 24-25 March 2018.