Month: November 2018

As the festive period approaches, Chester FC and Chester FC Community Trust are asking supporters to donate to the West Cheshire Foodbank this Christmas.

The club will be collecting items at the upcoming home games with Darlington on 1st December and AFC Telford United on 22nd December to help those people in our community who are in crisis.
Donations can be dropped off at the Community Trust gazebo prior to each match, or at the Swansway Chester Stadium ticket office between 10am and 4pm on weekdays.
Donated items will then be delivered to West Cheshire Foodbank to help feed local families and individuals in need.
West Cheshire Foodbank has provided the following list of items it needs most this Christmas: UHT milk, UHT juice, cereal, tinned potatoes, coffee (100g), biscuits, tinned custard, pasta sauce, curry sauce, jams, cup soups, instant mash, toilet rolls and toiletries.
The following items are also required: tinned vegetables, tinned tomatoes, Pot Noodles, tinned fruit, spreads, rice pudding and Christmas pudding (no alcohol content).
For further information or to arrange making a donation to the club’s collection outside of the times listed above email

Lache Primary School girls and Malpas Alport Primary School boys will represent Chester FC in this season’s National League Trust Under 11s Cup after winning the opening round.

Fifteen teams from Chester and Ellesmere Port battled it out as Chester FC Community Trust hosted the qualifying stage of the competition which gives primary schools the chance to play at Wembley Stadium in the national final.
Last season St Werburgh’s & St Columba’s Catholic Primary School boys represented Chester FC and made it to Wembley, defeating southern winners Dartford at the National League promotional final to be crowned overall champions.
Lache and Malpas Alport will now be hoping to follow in their footsteps after emerging victorious at the end of a fantastic afternoon of football at Goals Soccer Centre on Wednesday.

The group stages were the most competitive in the three years the event has been running with goal difference required to separate several of the teams and the knockout stages produced a number of thrilling contests.
In the respective finals Lache overcame last year’s winners Kelsall Primary School in the girls’ competition while Malpas edged out Saughall All Saints Primary School 1-0 in the boys’ event.

The winning schools now progress to the north west regional finals where a place in the northern finals will be at stake and the winners of this will go through to play at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 11th May 2019.
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “As ever the standard of play and sportsmanship was exceptional and every player gave their all in a fantastic event.
“Each year this competition is hugely competitive and today was the toughest we have seen with a huge amount of quality on show and every school contributing to a brilliant tournament.
“It was played in a tremendous spirit with all teams demonstrating great sportsmanship throughout. The respect the players have for their team-mates, opponents, referees and schools is brilliant to see.
“We would like to say a huge well done to all of the schools who took part and thanks to Goals Chester for hosting the tournament once again.”

Chester FC Goalkeeping Academy sessions are restarting on Wednesday 14th November at the new venue of Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

The popular sessions provided specialist coaching to help those boys and girls who prefer to be between the sticks to learn the art of goalkeeping.
The weekly sessions will run on Wednesdays from 6pm-7pm on the 3G pitch at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Stanney Lane.
Goalkeepers of all abilities and levels of experience who are aged 7-16 are welcome to attend and the cost is just £3 per week with no pre-booking or advance payments required.
For more details about the sessions, contact 07512 355396 or email

The Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition has been launched for 2018 and invites children to pen a poem on the theme of diversity to be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes.

Inspired by the poem written specially for this competition, Beautifully different, Wonderfully the same by Joseph Coelho, the campaign is open to all primary schools in England and Wales and is supported by stars from the worlds of football, entertainment and literature.
Last year’s inaugural Writing Stars competition encouraged more than 25,000 primary school pupils to write a poem.
The judging panel includes former Premier League footballer Rio Ferdinand, singer and songwriter Olly Murs, Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, poet Joseph Coelho. Casia Wiliam, current Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-language Children’s Poet Laureate) will guest judge all Welsh-language entries. All judging will be overseen by National Literacy Trust Director Jonathan Douglas.
Entries will be considered against a range of criteria including creativity, tone and originality. The winning poems will be published in a limited-edition book. Other prizes include author-led writing workshops and Premier League trophy school visits, as well as winning poems being read aloud by some of the competition judges. The first 1,000 primary schools to enter will receive a poetry book bag containing 12 different titles.
Poems can be entered in all forms, including lyrics or a rap, and teachers and parents can register or nominate their child’s school to take part at All poems are submitted via schools either online or by post. Teachers have until Friday 21st December 2018 to submit their pupils’ work. Winners will be announced in March 2019.
The Writing Stars competition is supported by the National Literacy Trust and is part of the Premier League Primary Stars education programme, which engages more than 16,000 primary schools in England and Wales.
Full details about this year’s poetry competition can be found at
Chester FC Community Trust can provide free support to schools and teachers who wish to take part. For more details call 01244 371376 or email

Chester FC Community Trust’s schools programme is continuing to grow with a range of high quality support being delivered in primary schools across the local area.

The club’s charitable organisation works with partner schools to encourage children to be more active and uses the appeal of football to engage and inspire them both in school and life.
For the 2018/19 academic year the Community Trust has moved up to tier five of Premier League Primary Stars, a national programme connecting learning to the real world of sport.
Each week coaches plan and deliver fun and engaging PE lessons, extra-curricular activities and interactive workshops to a high standard and provide mentoring and support to teachers, helping increase their confidence and skills in PE.
Alongside this delivery, schools and teachers can access free teaching materials and resources through the Premier League Primary Stars website with access to player visits, stadium tours, matchday experiences and inter-school tournaments.
During the first half of the autumn term, the Community Trust supported Rhos Street School in Ruthin, St Martin’s Academy in Hoole and St Mary of the Angels Primary School and Wolverham Primary School in Ellesmere Port.
The new half-term will see the Community Trust engaging with Barrow Primary School, St Bernard’s RC Primary School and St Saviour’s Catholic Primary School as well as visiting Mill View Primary School, St Clare’s Catholic Primary School and The Oaks Primary School to lead assemblies.
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “It has been really encouraging to see the growth and impact of our schools programme since the turn of the year.
“We place a huge value on each of our school partnerships and consider it a great privilege to have the opportunity to support both children and teachers in this way.
“Through using the Chester FC name and badge, we aim to inspire children to be lead more active, healthier lives, raise aspirations and provide a positive experience of our football club.”
The schools programme is subsidised through funding from the Premier League Charitable Fund and National League Trust.
To find out how your school can get involved, contact Chester FC Community Trust on 01244 371376 or email