Month: May 2018

Chester FC Community Trust have launched rebranded Chester FC Girls Football Centres to encourage more girls to take up the sport with weekly sessions in Blacon and Ellesmere Port.

Chester FC Girls Football Centres aim to inspire girls to play football through fun and engaging sessions to develop fundamental skills, build confidence and make new friends. All abilities are welcome – from girls taking their first steps in the sport to those who already play for teams and wish to improve their game.

Chester FC Girls Football Centres run in Chester on Monday evenings at Blacon High School from 6pm to 7pm and Ellesmere Port on Wednesday evenings at Ellesmere Port Sports Village from 5pm to 6pm.
Open to girls aged 5-11 of all abilities and levels of experience, the sessions cost just £3 per week and there are progression routes to community clubs for those girls who wish to play in matches.
Chester FC Girls Football Centres are part of Chester FC Community Trust’s commitment to support The FA’s objective to double girls’ football participation by 2020.
For further details about Chester FC Girls Football Centres or to book places in advance email or contact 07512 355396.

The Chester FC Player Development Centre (PDC) summer programme begins next week with a limited number of places available for new players.

This popular programme launched in 2016 and aims to provide increased opportunities for talented young players to train in a professional environment designed to help them reach their potential.

The PDC operates on an invitation-only basis with players continuing to train and play for their grassroots clubs while attending our programme based on The FA’s four corner model and Chester FC Academy’s development principles. The PDC incorporates a games programme and provides a route into the Chester FC Academy for players who display exceptional ability.

The summer programme runs over 10 weeks from June until August and is based on 3G pitches at The Cheshire County Sports Club and Blacon High School. Sessions take place on Mondays for U6s, U7s, U8s & U9s, and on Fridays for U10s, U11s & U12s.

The following places are currently available:

U6s (Year 1) – Full to capacity
U7s (Year 2) – 3 places
U8s (Year 3) – 3 places
U9s (Year 4) – 6 places
U10s (Year 5) – Full to capacity
U11s (Year 6) – Full to capacity
U12s (Year 7) – 5 places

Players interested in being part of the programme can email to request a registration form and will be invited to attend an assessment session. The cost for the 10 week summer programme is £40 (equivalent to £4 per week).

For more information on the Chester FC PDC and to request a registration form email or contact 07512 355396.

Chester FC Community Trust engaged with almost 500 girls through a range of coaching sessions as part of this year’s Girls’ Football Week.

Coaches visited schools, colleges and delivered regular weekly sessions in support of the national event, which aims to get as many girls as possible playing the game.
Such was the interest generated, the sessions were spread over a fortnight with coaches visiting Highfield Primary School, Rhos Street School in Ruthin, Upton Heath Primary School, Derwen College, Saighton Primary School, Golftyn Primary School in Connah’s Quay, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Winsford, Hoole Primary School and Ysgol Ty Ffynnon in Shotton.
In total 464 girls participated in the sessions which featured games and activities with the aim of providing a fun introduction to the sport while developing fundamental movement and football specific skills.
Ben Richards, community coach for Chester FC Community Trust, said: “It was fantastic to see so many girls engaging with football particularly those who might not have thought about playing the game previously.

“We would like to say a big thank you to all of the schools who took part in Girls’ Football Week and hopefully we have helped to inspire more girls to get involved in the sport.”
If you would like to know more about girls football and opportunities to play the game, email

Chester FC Community Trust is committed to supporting local community clubs and grassroots football.

As part of this commitment and to strengthen the connection between Chester FC and clubs within our community, we have developed the Ambassador Club programme for the 2018/19 season.
The aims of the programme are:
To improve engagement between Chester FC and local community clubs
To create a strong, vibrant network of community clubs
To support the development of players and coaches for the betterment of grassroots football in Chester
We want to empower community clubs to help shape and grow the Ambassador Club programme, bringing together coaches, volunteers and parents who have a shared passion for the game and ensuring Chester FC is ingrained within local football in line with our motto Our City, Our Community, Our Club.
The free programme will feature regular meetings, coach education, football events, matchday experiences at Chester FC games, rewards and fundraising opportunities, player appearances and support with recruitment.
A presentation will be held at the Swansway Chester Stadium for community clubs interested in learning more about the programme.
For more information about the Ambassador Club programme, email or call 01244 371376.

St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s Catholic Primary School are heading to Wembley to represent Chester FC on Saturday.

The team will contest the final of the National League Trust Under 11s Cup at the iconic stadium prior to the National League promotion final between Boreham Wood and Tranmere Rovers.
St Werburgh’s triumphed in the first round of the national schools competition, winning a tournament hosted by Chester FC Community Trust to progress to the north west finals.
The team finished as runners-up in Stockport to book a place in the northern finals in Bradford, where the Hoole school defeated York City in the semi-finals before beating Tamworth to be crowned champions of the north.
St Werburgh’s will face southern champions Dartford in the national final this weekend.
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “Everyone at Chester FC is hugely proud of the team and they have been wonderful representatives for our club and the city throughout this competition.
“To have the chance to play at Wembley is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we would like to thank the National League Trust for creating this opportunity and organising the tournament.
“We cannot wait to support the team in the final and hope it is a truly memorable day for them all.”
Matt Coaker, teacher and coach of the team, said: “We are so proud and thrilled at the boys achievement and are so excited to be representing the north of England in this match in such an amazing venue.