Month: March 2018

This Easter sees the first Chester FC Multi-Sport Camp giving children the chance to get active and try out new sports.
 

 
Taking place at The Cheshire County Sports Club on Friday 13th April, the camp aims to inspire youngsters with fun and engaging sessions featuring games, challenges and activities for all abilities.
 
Sports including dodgeball, cricket, touch rugby, rounders, handball, SAQ training and football will be among those on offer with great coaching from Chester FC Community Trust coaches to develop fundamental skills and techniques.
 
Children need a packed lunch, snacks, plenty of drinks as well as waterproof/warm clothing. Participants will receive a certificate and gift.
 
The camp runs from 10am until 4pm and special discounted prices mean the cost is now just £5 for the day! An optional early drop-off is available at 9am for £2.50. Online booking is available through Eventbrite (booking fee applies) at community.chesterfc.com/book-online.
 
To book or for more information, please email community@chesterfc.com or contact Chester FC Community Trust on 07512 355396.

Bookings are being taken for the Chester FC Soccer Schools running through the Easter holidays.
 

 
The popular football courses offer an action-packed programme of coaching, games, competitions and tournaments in a fun and safe environment.
 
Courses are running at Blacon High School and The Cheshire County Sports Club from Tuesday 3rd April to Thursday 12th April for boys and girls of all abilities aged 6-14
 
Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th, Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th April: Blacon High School, Melbourne Road, Chester CH1 5PH
 
Thursday 5th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th April: The Cheshire County Sports Club, Mannings Lane, Chester CH2 4EU
 
Both venues have fantastic 3G pitches and children will need a packed lunch, snacks, lots of drinks as well as suitable footwear, shin pads and appropriate clothing.
 
There will be medals, certificate and the chance to win trophies for participants and opportunities to meet members of the Blues squad and train with the players.
 
Each day runs from 10am until 4pm and costs £12.50 per day or £10 per day if booking multiple days. An optional early drop-off is available at 9am for £2.50. Online booking is available through Eventbrite (booking fee applies) at community.chesterfc.com/book-online.
 
To book or for more information, please email community@chesterfc.com or contact Chester FC Community Trust on 07512 355396.

Two schools representing Chester FC in a national competition have progressed to the next stage – and a step closer to Wembley.
 

 
Kelsall Primary School girls were crowned regional champions at the north west finals of the 2018 National League Trust Under 11s Cup after a thrilling 4-3 win against Tranmere Rovers.
 
St Werburgh’s & St Columba’s Catholic Primary School narrowly missed out on making it a double for the Blues after losing out to Tranmere in the boys final, however the Hoole school’s performance as runners-up took them into the next round.
 

 
Both schools will now take on the best teams from the north east and the midlands in the northern finals in the week commencing April 23 with the winners going through to the national final, which takes place at Wembley at the National League promotion play-off on Sunday, May 13.
 
Chester FC is one of 40 clubs from across the National League’s three divisions to have entered the national schools competition with Kelsall and St Werburgh’s emerging victorious when 16 teams from schools in Chester and Ellesmere Port took part in competitions hosted by Chester FC Community Trust.
 
Ben Richards, community coach for Chester FC Community Trust, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for both schools and we are massively proud to have two teams representing Chester FC in the northern finals.
 
“The players were an absolute credit to their schools from start to finish and fantastic ambassadors for the city and our club. We are really looking forward to supporting them in the next round.”

Chester FC is once again collecting chocolate eggs to be donated to deserving causes this Easter.
 

 
The club’s annual Easter Egg appeal invites supporters to make donations of large or small eggs, which will be delivered to the children’s ward at the Countess of Chester Hospital and other local charities.
 
Donations can be dropped off at the ticket office at the Swansway Chester Stadium, which is open on weekdays between 10am and 4pm, on or before Wednesday 28th March.
 
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “Every year our supporters ensure the Easter Egg appeal is a success and all donations will be gratefully received.
 
“Easter can be a difficult time for those families who find themselves spending time in hospital and this is a small way in which we can hopefully put a smile on the children’s faces.”
 
For more information about the appeal, email community@chesterfc.com.

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.