Month: June 2019

Chester FC and Chester FC Community Trust are pleased to confirm more than 50 local schools have taken up the offer of a free family season ticket.
 

 
Each of the schools will receive a family season ticket to use as a reward or incentive for pupils, which will admit two children and two adults to every home league fixture during the 2019/20 season.
 
The club and Community Trust have worked together on the scheme, which aims to increase the number of families watching the Blues, engage new supporters and give more youngsters the opportunity to watch their local team.
 
The club is aiming to deliver a whole new matchday experience for the families attending games and is seeking volunteer matchday hosts who would like to be involved with this initiative from the outset. Please email jeff.banks@chesterfc.com for further information.
 
Jim Green, CEO of the Community Trust, said: “The response has been really positive and we’ve had schools from across Chester, North Wales and West Cheshire signing up. We will be delivering the season tickets to schools over the next couple of weeks so they are ready to use from the start of the new season.”
 
Jeff Banks, Director of Fan Engagement, said: “It is fantastic that we’ve had such a great response to this initiative and we hope that we see lots of new fans coming to see Chester FC which is what we all want to see and are striving to achieve.
 
“We’ll be looking to provide a first class matchday experience for all of those attending to ensure that they want to come back again and again.”
 
Schools who have yet to take advantage of the offer and who would like to receive a free family season ticket are asked to email community@chesterfc.com as soon as possible to ensure they do not miss out.

Footballers living with disabilities in the Chester area are set to benefit from a significant boost in competitive opportunities after Chester FC Community Trust were awarded a £3,000 Grow the Game grant.
 

 
The scheme, which is funded by The Football Association and delivered by the Football Foundation, will enable the Community Trust to create two new pan-disability teams for U16s boys and U16s girls.
 
The Grow the Game scheme sees grants awarded to community football clubs wishing to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.
 
This year, funding was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams, which can assist towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.
 
The grant will extend the Community Trust’s disability provision, which currently includes a partnership with Derwen College and two adult mental health and social inclusion teams.
 
Jim Green, CEO of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “Thanks to The FA and the Football Foundation, we will be able to address a lack of opportunities for young people with a disability to play football and create two new teams under the Chester FC banner.
 
“Weekly pan-disability sessions will be launching in September for U16s with the aim of entering boys and girls teams in the Cheshire Ability Counts League and to support young players in progressing on The FA’s disability talent pathway.
 
“We would encourage anyone interested in taking part in the new sessions or potential partners to get in touch and help us reach as many players as possible.”

Chester FC Women are delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Fitzsimons as Manager ahead of the 2019-2020 season.
 

 
Martin, 27, is a UEFA B licence coach and joins from Crewe Alexandra Women, where he was Reserves manager and Head of Youth Development.
 
He also coaches in the Academy at Wigan Athletic and works at Wigan Athletic Community Trust.
 
Martin will be joined by Ben Wilkes who has been appointed as Assistant Manager.
 
Community Trust CEO Jim Green said: “We were very pleased with the calibre of applicants for the post, but Martin really stood out and impressed the selection panel.
 
“He already has a good level of experience in the women’s game and we’re confident he will be an excellent fit for the role.
 
“The women’s team have been a real success story in recent seasons and I’m sure that trend will continue under Martin’s leadership.”
 
Chester FC Women will be holding an open trial this summer for anyone interested in joining the club. Prospective players can email community@chesterfc.com to obtain further details.