Month: July 2018

Chester FC Soccer Schools will be running through the summer to keep young footballers active during the school 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 for boys and girls of all abilities aged 6-14. Each day runs from 10am until 4pm with an optional early drop off available from 9am and prices start from £12.50 per day with discounts when booking multiple days.
 
Monday 30th July & Tuesday 31st July: Blacon High School
Monday 6th August to Thursday 9th August: The Cheshire County Sports Club
Monday 13th August to Thursday 16th August: Cheshire County Sports Club
Monday 20th August & Tuesday 21st August: Blacon High School
 
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.
 
Youngsters can perfect their skills and develop new techniques through drills, games and tournaments with FA qualified coaches – and will have opportunities to meet members of the Blues’ first-team squad. All participants will receive a certificate and the chance to win trophies and medals.
 
Online booking is available through Eventbrite (additional booking fee applies) at community.chesterfc.com/book-online.
 
To book or for more information, contact Chester FC Community Trust on 07872 461654 or email community@chesterfc.com.

Chester FC Community Trust has been presented with a cheque for £5,000 after winning Best Health Project in the 2018 National League Trust Community Awards.
 

 
The charity was recognised for its Chester FC Mental Health & Wellbeing project, which helps to reduce social isolation and improve participants’ physical and mental health through weekly training sessions and monthly fixtures.
 
The National League Trust Community Awards celebrate the impact of clubs across the three divisions of the National League in their communities.
 
Susan O’Brien, project manager for the National League Trust, made the presentation to members of the team and Community Trust colleagues during the pre-season match with Champions League finalists Liverpool at the Swansway Chester Stadium.
 
She said: “It was a pleasure to present this award to the Trust for two reasons.
 
“It is great to see such a project making a real difference to the lives of people living with mental health problems, demonstrating how sport can help make a change in self-esteem and confidence.
 
“Secondly, the Trust has an excellent track record in the quality and variety of its programme, and justifiably deserved the award for their work and the contribution they make to their community.
 
“At the National League Trust we are proud to support and help develop community programmes at the majority of our member clubs, and to see the difference they make.”
 
Chester FC Mental Health & Wellbeing is a partnership between Chester FC Community Trust, forfutures and the Cheshire Centre for Independent Living’s Get Yourself Active project.
 
Weekly sessions take place at the Northgate Arena and a team representing Chester FC competes in the Cheshire Ability Counts Football League.
 
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.
 

 
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “We would like to thank the National League Trust for this award and the outstanding support they have given and continue to give our programme.
 
“This project is making a real difference to the lives of participants and we are looking forward to building on its success in the future.”

Chester FC Community Trust has teamed up with Active Cheshire to host a Sporting Memories cafe.
 

 
Sporting Memories cafes look to tackle some of the most common problems older people across the world face, including dementia, depression and loneliness.
 
The cafes support older people through social activities, helping them recall memories of watching or playing sport – a common currency that people from all ages and backgrounds can talk about together.
 
The Chester FC cafe will run on Wednesdays from 11am to 12 noon at the Swansway Chester Stadium. Everyone is welcome and the group is suitable for older adults and anyone living with dementia and their carers. It is free to attend with tea, coffee and biscuits available.
 
Thanks to investment from Brightlife, Active Cheshire is launching Sporting Memories cafes cafes in Chester and Winsford to help reduce social isolation in people aged over 50 in Cheshire West and Chester.
 
Sessions are being supported by volunteers and partner agencies including Chester FC Community Trust, Wesley Church Centre and the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.
 
The free cafes will be based at the following locations:
 
Chester FC, Swansway Chester Stadium, Bumpers Lane. Every Wednesday 11am-12noon.

Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Backford. Every Friday 11am-12noon.

Wesley Church Centre, St John Street, Chester. Every Thursday 11am-12noon (starting 26th July).

 
Nont Iamkamphaeng, Strategic Lead for Mental Health at Active Cheshire, said: “Sharing memories of something that invokes such passion, as sport does for so many people, can truly help people connect.
 
“In the UK, 17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week, and 11% in contact less than once a month. Lacking social connections increases likelihood of mortality by 26% and has been compared to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”
 
Jim Green, Chief Executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “Having previously worked with Sporting Memories, we jumped at the opportunity to host of the cafes.
 
“We hope to create a friendly, welcoming group where people can share their memories of sport and make new friends.”
 
For more details about the Sporting Memories cafes in Cheshire West and Chester email teamwest@activecheshire.org or contact Sarah Tilling on 07720 592784.

Chester FC Community Trust is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
 

 
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.
 
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
 
Chester FC Community Trust is one of the groups on the shortlist.
 
The grant will support the charity’s Reach Your Goal project which uses football to engage with and improve the lives of men, at risk of, or experiencing mental health problems.
 
The project combines weekly football sessions with mental fitness coaching, helping participants to increase physical activity levels, raise self-esteem and confidence, develop coping strategies and build resilience in order to achieve positive changes to their physical and mental health.
 
Jim Green, Chief Executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “It’s brilliant to be shortlisted for a Tesco Bags of Help grant and we hope our fans and wider community will get behind us. We’re really proud of what our mental health football programme has achieved so far and Reach Your Goal will allow us to take it to the next level and have an even greater impact on the lives of our participants.”
 
Voting is open in all Tesco stores during July and August and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
 
Customers can vote for Chester FC Community Trust in the following stores:
 
Tesco Superstore, Frodsham Street CH1 3JS
Tesco Superstore, Broughton Shopping Park CH4 0DR
Tesco Express, Pepper Street CH1 1TN
Tesco Superstore, Sealand Road CH1 4NT
Tesco Express, Weston Grove CH2 1QL
Tesco Express, Delamere Street CH1 4DS
 
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £52 million to more than 16,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.
 
Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”
 
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”
 
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

Chester FC Community Trust is collaborating with The Blue & White Fanzine to provide tickets for families who through no fault of their own may not be able to afford to attend matches.
 

 
Fanzine editors Neil and Richard Bellis established the community ticket scheme last season to give deserving local families the opportunity to visit the Swansway Chester Stadium.
 
To ensure the scheme can continue for the 2018/19 season, the fanzine have donated the cost of one season ticket and the Community Trust has underwritten the cost of another, and we are appealing to supporters to chip in to fund this fantastic initiative.
 
Fans can make donations to the campaign through the charity’s JustGiving campaign page at www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/chester-fc/ticket-share.
 
Together we will purchase six Chester FC season tickets – two adults and four children – which will be distributed to families for each home game in partnership with local organisations.
 
Richard Bellis, fanzine editor and founder, said: “It’s fantastic that the Community Trust have agreed to help us with this scheme for next season. Last season the scheme was very popular and enjoyed by a number of local families, but we struggled with some logistical issues that this new partnership with the Trust will help to solve. We can’t wait to see the ticketing scheme have an even greater impact next season.”
 
Jim Green, CEO of the Community Trust, said: “This is an important and worthwhile initiative and one we hope supporters will get behind. Local community organisations will nominate people who will really benefit from sharing our exciting journey next season with their family and other Blues.”