Month: July 2018

Chester FC Community Trust is running two free multi-sport camps this summer to keep youngsters active in the school holidays.
 

 
The free events will take place at Upton by Chester Pavilion on Wealstone Lane on Thursday 2nd and Thursday 23rd August between 10am and 3pm.
 
Please be advised both Chester FC Multi-Sport Camp dates are now sold out. Thank you to everyone who has booked.
 
If you would can no longer attend or would like to be added to the waiting list in the event spaces become available, email community@chesterfc.com.
 
Each day will give children the chance to try a range of sports including dodgeball, cricket, touch rugby, rounders, handball, SAQ training, football and lots more.
 
Qualified coaches will inspire youngsters to get active and develop fundamental skills with games, challenges and activities for all abilities.
 
Children need a packed lunch, snacks, plenty of drinks as well as waterproof/warm clothing. All children will receive a certificate.
 
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “We’re delighted to confirm these free events and wish to thank Upton by Chester Pavilion for hosting them.
 
“The Community Trust is passionate about inspiring young people to play sport, whether that be football or something else. These camps aim to give children the chance to try new activities, encourage them to be active and develop a lifelong love of sport.
 
“We’re extremely grateful for the continued support of our partners MBNA and the National League Trust which has made these free camps possible.”
 
Places for the multi-sport camps are limited and must be booked in advance.
 
Online booking is available through Eventbrite 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 Team of the Week matchday experiences for grassroots clubs and schools are now on sale for the 2018/19 season.
 

 
Each home match sees a junior team going behind the scenes at the Swansway Chester Stadium, meeting managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley, visiting the dressing room to see how the players prepare for the game, learning about the history of the club, and even getting the chance to play on the hallowed turf before watching the Blues in action.
 
The Team of the Week experience costs just £30 per team or school, which includes two tickets for coaches and up to 16 players. Additional tickets can be purchased for family and friends at a discounted rate, ensuring a fantastic day out for everyone.
 
The Chester FC Team of the Week package includes the following:
 
Behind the scenes tour of the stadium
Meet the managers, players and our mascot Lupus
Pre-match kickabout with Community Trust coaches on the pitch
Create a guard of honour as players take to the pitch before the match
Get close to the action as ball boys or girls for the game
Tickets for your team to watch the action in the Swettenham Chemists Community Stand
 

 
Team of the Week packages for the 2018/19 season are on sale now and can be booked through Chester FC Community Trust. Matches are allocated on a first come, first served basis as home games are limited for the season.
 
For more information or to book, email community@chesterfc.com or call us on 01244 371376.

Mascot packages for the 2018/19 season are now available for young Chester FC supporters.
 

 
The mascot experience gives Junior Blues a day to remember with the chance to meet the squad and lead the team out in the National League North.
 
For a young football fan, walking out at the Swansway Chester Stadium alongside their favourite player is a dream come true and mascot packages make a perfect gift for special occasions.
 
The official Chester FC mascot package costs £80 and includes the following:
 
Full Chester FC home kit to wear on the day and keep
Tickets for two adults and one junior in the Red Insure Stand
VIP stadium tour for the mascot including a visit to the changing room to meet the managers and players
Lead the team on to the pitch and have photographs with the captains and officials in the centre circle
Matchday programme
Digital photograph to remember the day (sent post-match)
 

 
Mascot packages for the 2018/19 season are on sale now and can be booked through Chester FC Community Trust.
 
For more information or to book, email community@chesterfc.com or call us on 01244 371376.

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.”