Month: June 2018

Double winners Chester FC Women have been promoted to the North West Women’s Regional Football League for the 2018/19 campaign.

Last season the Blues were crowned Cheshire Women’s League Division One champions and lifted the Challenge Cup, and now make the step up next level of the women’s football pyramid.
The team, which receives fantastic backing from the club’s principal partners MBNA, will line up in Division One South alongside the likes of Altrincham, Curzon Ashton, Northwich Vixens, Stockport County Blues and Warrington Wolverines.
Promotion caps an outstanding 12 months for manager Dean Vian and his squad, who are looking forward to the challenge ahead.
“We are delighted promotion has been confirmed and relishing being part of the North West Women’s Regional Football League,” said Vian.
“What the team achieved last season was fantastic and I’m incredibly proud of the players for accomplishing the targets we agreed during pre-season.
“We know that we will need to improve again but I am confident the squad will do so and sure we will give a really good account of ourselves.
“I would like to thank the Cheshire Women’s League for the past three seasons and our sponsors MBNA whose continued support has been such a big part of our success.”
The club’s women’s football section is managed through Chester FC Community Trust and includes Chester FC Women and an Under 18s team competing in the Cheshire Women’s Youth League as well as a Girls Player Development Centre and Girls Football Centres.
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “This is great news and a well-deserved reward for last season’s efforts.
“Dean, his management team and the squad have been wonderful representatives for our club and I know how much they are looking forward to next season.
“We are passionate about developing women’s football in Chester and establishing a pathway to give local players the opportunity to represent the city at the highest possible level.”
For more details about women’s and girls’ football at Chester FC, email or contact the club on 01244 371376.

Chester FC Community Trust is hosting a World Cup-themed Premier League Primary Stars football tournament for local schools.

The free event is open to primary schools across Chester and Ellesmere Port with competitions for boys and girls in Years 3 and 4.
Each school taking part in the six-a-side tournament will be given a nation to represent with prizes for the best dressed teams, certificates for all players, trophies and medals for the winning teams, and a journalist competition for budding reporters too.
The event is being hosted at Goals Soccer Centre on Wednesday 4th July between 12.30pm and 3.30pm.
Entries are now open but spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. There is a girls competition and a boys competition in which mixed teams can compete. Squads can have a maximum of eight players from Years 3 and 4.
For more details or to enter the tournament email or call 01244 371376.

Chester FC Community Trust has received a national award for its work supporting men who have experienced mental health problems.

The charity won the Best Health Project category in the 2018 National League Trust Community Awards, which celebrate the impact of clubs across the three divisions of the National League in their communities.
Chester FC Mental Health & Wellbeing is a partnership between Chester FC Community Trust, forfutures, which provides homeless support services across Cheshire West and Chester, and the Cheshire Centre for Independent Living through the Get Yourself Active project.
Weekly football training sessions take place at the Northgate Arena and a team representing Chester FC competes in the Cheshire Ability Counts Football League with participants invited to attend Chester FC matches as a reward for their involvement in the project.
The project helps to reduce the social isolation people with mental health problems can experience, offering participants opportunities to make friends and keep fit in a welcoming environment and talk about their problems without stigma, seek advice and access additional support.
In addition to physical health benefits, evidence shows regular exercise is beneficial for mental health and well-being too, helping to reduce stress and anxiety, increase self-esteem and reduce risk of depression.
Lee Gregg, who lives in Blacon, is a regular at the sessions and has captained the team, who completed a Cheshire Ability Counts League and Cup double this season and won the Cheshire round of the FA People’s Cup.
He said: “I first started going to the sessions about three or four months ago and I absolutely love it.
“I’ve always wanted to play for Chester FC and now I’ve got that opportunity. It means a lot to me to be able to play for the club and they’ve been great in inviting us to matches.
“My fitness has improved and I’ve lost quite a bit of weight since I started. I feel better in myself and I feel more confident.
“I didn’t know any of the other lads when I went to my first session but they are a great bunch. We have a good laugh, I’ve met some new people and they’ve become good mates.
“We help each other out. If one of us has had a tough week or something then the rest of us can pick up on that and we make sure they’re okay. The football helps because you can be feeling a little bit low before the session and by the end of it your mood can be a lot better.”
Levi Lloyd, of forfutures, has been involved in the project from the outset and manages the team.
He said: “I have seen first-hand the difference this project has made and how much pride the lads take in being associated with Chester FC.
“From a group of individuals who didn’t know each other and who each has their own issues to face, the lads have become a real team and are now friends who support each other on the football pitch and in everyday life.
“I have been really impressed at how much they have learned about team spirit and achievement. Their attitudes have been first class and they are a brilliant group of lads to work with.”
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “We are thrilled to receive this award and grateful to the National League Trust for their recognition and continued support of our programme.
“It is extremely rewarding to see the positive impact it is having on the participants and demonstrates how football has the potential to change lives.”
Thomas Bell, Get Yourself Active coordinator for Cheshire Centre for Independent Living, said: “This project has been a great success and highlights the importance of partnership working in order to create new, fulfilling activities for service users.
“The Get Yourself Active project’s main aim is to give anyone, no matter what their background, age or ability, an opportunity to take part in a meaningful sport or physical activity opportunity across Cheshire.”

Chester FC Community Trust is seeking enthusiastic and talented coaches to join our expanding team.

We currently have a number of opportunities across our programme including for a goalkeeper coach with a minimum of an FA Level 2 in Coaching Goalkeepers qualification.
As a Community Coach, your role will be to plan and deliver high-quality coaching sessions to a broad range of participants and support the development of new programmes targeting increased participation. You will also be expected to maintain and develop excellent relationships between Chester FC and our partners in the community including schools and clubs.
Applicants must have a minimum of an FA Level 2 qualification and will ideally be members of the FA Licensed Coaches’ Club. Experience of delivering in school or club environments is essential and a recognised coaching qualification in another sport would be an advantage. Please note due to the variable demands of the role, this is a casual post and will involve evening and weekend work.
Chester FC Community Trust Mission Statement
Chester FC Community Trust uses the power of sport and appeal of Chester FC to improve and enhance the lives of people living in Chester and the surrounding areas. Established in 2013, we deliver high quality football and sport opportunities, education programmes, social inclusion provision, and health and well-being projects to people of all ages and abilities
Role Objectives
• To deliver coaching sessions that are participant-centred, structured, progressive, fun and of a high quality.
• To undertake the necessary planning for each activity session to ensure the programme demonstrates progression throughout
• To undertake administrative tasks associated with the post, including planning sessions, taking registers, consent forms and contacting clubs and schools.
• To build relationships with partners such as schools and clubs, and liaise with them to ensure they remain happy with the coaching service provided.
Relevant Documents
Application Form – Community Coach
Role Profile – Community Coach
Person Specification – Community Coach
Applicants must complete an application form. Unaccompanied CVs will not be considered.
For further information please contact Chief Executive Jim Green via

Chris Matheson, MP for the City of Chester, was on-hand to officially award the cheque for Chester FC Community Trust’s Premier League Fans Fund grant.

Chester FC Community Trust’s funding officially awarded by Chris Matheson MP.
Picture by Daniel Hambury/@stellapicsltd 07813022858

The £20,000 grant will help the Trust, which uses the appeal of National League club Chester FC, to deliver social outreach programmes across the area. This will include their Fans First project, which will centre on engaging more young supporters and families on match-days.
The Trust will create a new family-friendly fan zone and a community area in the Swansway Chester Stadium, which will be vibrant and fun places for supporters to engage with Chester FC ahead of kick-off. Face painting and football inflatables will be just two of the additions to the area which aim to encourage more young supporters to get involved.
In addition, the funding will support the upskilling of volunteers who can aid the delivery of new supporter initiatives and the planned expansion of two junior fan groups; the Junior Blues (for 5-15-year-olds) and Cestrians 1885 (for 16-25-year-olds).
Through this Premier League investment, the Chester FC Community Trust hope that that the fan zone will engage 300 new supporters during the 2018/19 season and encourage 300 new members to join the junior fan groups.
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.
Chris Matheson, MP for the City of Chester and a member of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, said: “I’m really pleased to be able to officially award funding for Chester FC Community Trust’s Fans First initiative. It is great to hear of their plans to engage more young supporters through the project, helping to improve the club’s relationship with its fan base.
Chester FC Community Trust’s funding officially awarded by Chris Matheson MP.
Picture by Daniel Hambury/@stellapicsltd 07813022858

“I’d like to thank the Premier League for their support of projects such as this one, which will have great effect on improving a club’s local following by providing a better experience and further engagement opportunities for supporters. I wish the Trust all the best with their project.”
Jim Green, Chief Executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “We are so grateful to the Premier League Fans Fund for supporting this project and we believe it will have a significant impact.
“It is essential for supporter-owned clubs like ours to engage and empower fans to help us improve what we do. This project will provide an improved experience for our existing supporters, support our wider work in inspiring the next generation and enable us to reach out to new fans.
“We are delighted to welcome Chris Matheson MP to the Swansway Chester Stadium to share in this. He has been very supportive of the club and understands the role our club plays in the community.”