Month: March 2020

We wanted to provide an update on Chester FC Community Trust and our plans moving forward in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

This is an unprecedented situation and one that is impacting the lives of everyone in the UK.

Our primary concern is the health and wellbeing of our staff, participants, the Chester FC family and the communities we serve.

We have continually reviewed our services and activities based on guidance from government, the NHS and The FA.

Following the advice to avoid non-essential contact and introduction of social distancing measures, we took the decision to suspend delivery of all projects until further notice, however there is one exception to this as we continue to provide support to those schools who remain open for children who need to attend.

We have a small core team of permanent staff who deserve a special mention. They have demonstrated amazing commitment to the community and want to help ensure we offer whatever support we can for those in need.

While we are unable to deliver our usual services, we will find new ways to have a positive impact on the community in these difficult times.

We have responded to the council and Cheshire West Voluntary Action’s call for help and as part of the coordinated response will do whatever we can to support our community as long as required.

The Covid-19 crisis is having a huge economic impact and will increase the pressure on small charities like ourselves. We know many of the people we work with may be feeling particularly vulnerable or isolated at this time and we want to reassure them that will be here for them.

We are putting contingency plans in place to protect the jobs and incomes of our permanent staff and we are looking into how we can support our casual workers. We are grateful to MBNA and other funding partners for the messages of support and reassurance.

We do not know when we will be able to resume our normal services and activities but if you need help, please ask.

You can contact us via or on 07512 355396 at anytime. You can also keep in touch through our social media platforms Twitter and Facebook.

We will continue to monitor government guidance and provide further updates when we have them.

Please continue to follow the advice of government and take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Our City, Our Community, Our Club.

The Trustees of Chester FC Community Trust

David Evans, Paul Bodman, Sue Pearson, Chris Robertson, Mike Vickers and Martin Williams

Chester FC Community Trust can confirm the Chester FC Soccer School planned for the Easter holidays has been cancelled.

The difficult decision is based on the most recent government guidance regarding the Covid-19 outbreak.

The holiday camp was scheduled to take place at Goals Soccer Centre from Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th and Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th April 2020.

People who have made online bookings will be contacted shortly and will receive a full refund.

For further information or if you have any questions, please email

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19) of Monday 16th March, Chester FC Community Trust has suspended the delivery of all community activities until further notice including the following sessions:

Boys PDC
Girls Football Centre
Girls PDC
Goalkeeping Academy
Heads Up Football
Mental Health Football
Mini Kickers
PAN-Disability Football
Walking Football

We understand this may be disappointing for some participants, however given the new advice to stop non-essential contact, we believe this is the correct decision. We have contacted partner schools to offer additional support to teachers and pupils.

This is of course a situation that is continually developing and we will endeavour to keep participants and partners informed and further updates will be communicated through our social media channels.

These are concerning times for everyone. Please continue to follow medical advice and take care of each other.

If you require further information please email

Children attending Chester FC’s home game with Boston United this month will be able to collect a free book to celebrate World Book Day 2020.

Chester FC Community Trust, the Premier League Charitable Foundation, National Literacy Trust and WH Smith have teamed up to make 200 free books available.

Youngsters can collect a free World Book Day voucher from the Community Trust gazebo from 1pm which can be then be redeemed at the WH Smith pop-up book stall for one of 10 exclusive 2020 World Book Day books to take home and keep.

Please note books will be handed out on a first come first served basis so families are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Community Trust CEO Jim Green said: “We are one of 75 community foundations who will be giving away 15,000 books to children this year and we’re really proud to be part of this fantastic initative.

“We would like to thank the Premier League, National Literacy Trust and WH Smith in Chester for making this possible.”

WH Smith is visiting football clubs across the country between February 29th and March 14th to hand out free books to celebrate World Book Day 2020, which takes place on Thursday 5th March.