Month: November 2020

This week Chester FC Community Trust is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Premier League Charitable Fund (PLCF).

Over the last decade, the PLCF has provided investment and support to football clubs across the pyramid, helping them create lasting change in their communities.

Chester FC is one of 110 professional football clubs across the Premier League, EFL and National League to benefit from this assistance, helping us to deliver a range of projects and activities in our community.

Jim Green, CEO of the Community Trust, said: “Congratulations to the Premier League Charitable Fund on reaching this landmark and, on behalf of everyone at Chester FC, thank you for the support you have given us.

“The funding we have received has been vital to our growth and success, enabling us to engage and inspire young people locally to learn, be active and achieve.”

For more information on the Premier League programmes provided by Chester FC Community Trust please email community@chesterfc.com.

Amazon Black Friday Week starts this Friday 20 November and you can raise money for Chester FC Community Trust every time you shop at no extra cost.

Amazon Smile donates to the Community Trust for each purchase you make when you shop at smile.amazon.co.uk or with Amazon Smile turned on in the Amazon shopping app.

With big Black Friday discounts and great deals available until Monday 30 November, this is a quick and easy way to support the work of the Community Trust.

Remember to make sure you have registered Chester FC Community Trust as your chosen Amazon Smile charity and if you’re using the Amazon app, don’t forget to turn on Amazon Smile in the settings.

Click here to read the FAQs and guide to using Amazon Smile to support the Community Trust

The Football Association PE Unit is hosting two free teacher CPD events for primary school teachers and those delivering PE in school.

Previous feedback on these events has been extremley positive and they normally provide lots of ideas to enhance PE provision within your school.

There are two ‘Big Marker’ webinar events planned prior to Christmas to meet demand while delivery of face-to-face support is not possible. Both events are one hour in duration.

PE Priorities for 2020/21 – Part 1: Shifting your focus
Thursday 26th November 4pm

https://www.bigmarker.com/the-football-association/PE-Priorities-for-2020-21-Part-1-Shifting-your-focus-f3a51df68c6020eaf7398071

PE Priorities for 2020/21 – Part 2: Case Studies
Thursday 10th December 4pm

https://www.bigmarker.com/the-football-association/PE-Priorities-for-2020-21-Part-2-Case-Studies-f4dc17ed238b81453cc387db

If you would like to attend, please register using the above links. If you need any support with this please email community@chesterfc.com and we will be happy to help.

If you have any other ideas about how Chester FC Community Trust can support your school or any questions about our organisation, please contact email jim.green@chesterfc.com.

Chester FC Community Trust is backing Active Cheshire’s #MyMountain campaign, which aims to inspire local women to get more active.

Active Cheshire want women to share videos, photos and comments about their physical activity ‘mountains’. This will be personal to everyone. It could be climbing Kilimanjaro, or going for more walks, completing Couch to 5k or even finding time in a busy schedule to do some yoga.

The Community Trust supports women and girls to be active through Chester FC Women, its girls’ football programmes and its work with local schools, and encourages our participants to take part in the #MyMountain campaign.

According to Public Health England, one in four women across England are classed as physically inactive and almost 50% of women are not active enough for good health, meaning they are active for less than 30 minutes a week.

Active Cheshire understand how hard it can be to increase activity levels, especially during winter months – nevermind in the middle of a global pandemic – and hope #MyMountain will also provide a support network for local women, empowering each other and celebrating each other’s achievements.

Linked to the campaign, Active Cheshire has offered three local women from areas of high inactivity the opportunity of a lifetime and sponsored them to climb Kilimanjaro, showing women and girls everywhere that they can achieve anything they put their mind to.

To get involved in the campaign, tag @ActiveCheshire in your post, photo or video about your physical activity ‘mountain’ and use the #MyMountain hashtag.

For more information about the #MyMountain campaign, click here.

Chester FC and Chester FC Community Trust are asking supporters to help tackle the growing issue of food poverty in the countdown to Christmas.
 
Each year the club collects donations for families and individuals in crisis within our community. Donated items will be given to West Cheshire Foodbank and two local organisations established in response to COVID-19: Crossroads Community Hub in Hoole and Blacon Beacon, ensuring they reach those most in need.
 
The unprecedented impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy and our society means more people find themselves in financial crisis and struggling to feed their families.
 
Fans wishing to donate items to this year’s foodbank collection will be able to do so on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11am and 1pm while national restrictions remain in place.
 
A drop-off station allowing contactless donations will be available at the Blues Bar entrance during these times.
 
Once restrictions have been lifted and the Blues Bar community cafe has reopened, donations can be made between 9am and 2pm on weekdays.
 
Donations are welcome from fans and the wider community and a list of requested can be found below.
 
Adam Langan, director of Chester FC and Project Coordinator at Crossroads Community Hub, said: “Sadly, demand is increasing as furlough comes to an end, families and individuals who have never accessed anything like this before are needing help. The generosity of the people and businesses of Chester has already blown me away and I know Chester fans will be happy to help.”
 
Requested items needed most are corned beef, tuna, biscuits, Christmas treats, crisps, meatballs, tea bags, coffee, Pot Noodles and pasta sauces (non-tomato).
 
The following items are also welcome: toiletries, dog food, nappies (size 3 or 4), UHT milk, UHT juice, cereal, tinned custard, curry sauce, jams, cup soup, instant mash, tinned vegetables, tinned tomatoes, 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 community@chesterfc.com.

During October half-term, Chester FC Community Trust welcomed 120 children to the Deva Stadium for a Chester FC Soccer School.

 

Delivered in line with Government guidance, the holiday club gave youngsters the opportunity to get active and play football with qualified coaches in a Covid-safe environment. Additional measures in place included temperature checks, regular handwashing, sanitising of equipment and children grouped in bubbles.

 

The week included a goalkeeper session with Chester FC keeper Louis Gray and coaching from Blues players George Waring and Harrison Burke.

 

For the first time the Community Trust was able to offer subsidised places for children eligible for free school meals and provide them with a healthy lunch thanks to a grant from the Welcome Network.

 

 

Jim Green, CEO of the Community Trust, said: “We had a fantastic week and it was great to see children playing at the Deva, having fun and keeping active in the school holidays.

 

“Activities like this are hugely important for children’s physical and mental health, and we are grateful to Chester FC and our partners whose support enables us to offer this holiday provision.

 

“We are really pleased to be working with the Welcome Network to help families who access free school meals with 45 children taking up subsidised places and will be looking to develop this partnership further moving forwards.”

 

The Community Trust is now planning its holiday provision for the Christmas break and, subject to national restrictions, hopes to announce details in the near future.

 


 

Following the new national restrictions announced over the weekend, Chester FC Community Trust can provide an update on its activities.
 
With effect from Thursday 5 November and in line with new measures, the following activities will be suspended until 2 December at the earliest:
 
Goalkeeping Academy
Mental Health Football
PAN-Disability Football
Walking Football
 
Participants will be contacted over the next 48 hours to confirm the above. Sessions scheduled for this week will take place as planned until Thursday.
 
Chester FC Community Trust is committed to being there for our community during this period and will continue to work with partners to support the Covid-19 response across Chester and Cheshire West.
 
We will also continue supporting local schools by delivering Covid-safe PE and physical activity. If your school would like to access this free support, please email ben.richards@chesterfc.com.
 
We recognise lockdown will be a challenging time for our community and can affect people’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. If you or someone you know needs assistance or is feeing isolated, email community@chesterfc.com and we can help.
 
Please keep safe, stay positive and continue to follow NHS and Government advice.