Month: February 2021

With no Chester FC Soccer School this half-term due to the national lockdown, Chester FC Community Trust is keen to play its part in helping young footballers keep active at home.

Chester FC Soccer School @ Home is a great opportunity to test your skills and take on quick, simple challenges set by Community Trust coaches, Ben and Kalvin.

A series of short videos will be posted online on Twitter and Facebook during the holidays with youngsters encouraged to take part at home and ask an adult to capture them completing each activity before sharing the photographs or video clip on social media.

All videos can be accessed free of charge and can be completed with a football and four cones or household objects that can be used as markers.

Jim Green, CEO of the Community Trust, said: “We are really missing our Soccer School participants this half-term and the coaches hope these drills and activities will encourage you to keep playing football.

“They are easy to set up with minimal equipment required and can be completed in the garden or indoors, but make sure you ask an adult first and give yourself plenty of space to avoid any mishaps. We would love to see your skills in action so please ask someone to film you and share your videos with us on Twitter or Facebook.

“We have already started planning our Soccer School for the Easter holidays and we are looking forward to seeing you all again as soon as restrictions allow.”

You can access the Soccer School @ Home videos free through the Community Trust’s Twitter and Facebook profiles.

Chester FC Community Trust’s plans to create a new community sports hub in Blacon took a significant step forward today after the Westminster Foundation announced a major grant to support the initiative.

The Westminster Foundation, led by the Duke of Westminster, will commit £520,000 over the next five years to the King George V Sports Hub project, following approval of plans for the site by the Council’s planning committee at the end of last year.

The £1.6m regeneration project is being driven forward by Chester FC Community Trust and Chester West and Cheshire Council. The initiative will breathe new life into the site and enable the Community Trust to deliver a range of community projects for people of all ages and abilities. It will provide a first-class sports facility for the next generation, as well as providing education, training and employment opportunities.

Before lockdown in October 2020, the Duke of Westminster visited a Community Trust football holiday camp for 5-15 year olds at Chester FC’s Deva Stadium to hear more about the project. That followed an earlier visit in September to the site in Blacon where the new sports hub will be based.

The Duke of Westminster, Chair of the Westminster Foundation said: “This is a fantastic initiative that will bring so many benefits to children and young people in the community across all age ranges. When we’re not in lockdown and you see the sheer joy on the children’s faces taking part in activities like the holiday camp, you instantly understand the importance that team sport has on their happiness and development. And for the older group, the opportunities to access further training and earn BTEC qualifications are very welcome, especially at such a challenging time.

“I’d like to thank everyone behind this project at Chester FC Community Trust for their vision and determination to see it succeed. It simply wouldn’t be happening if it wasn’t for them. Their passion to support children and young people is inspiring and everyone at the Westminster Foundation is very proud to support them.”

Jim Green, Chief Executive at Chester FC Community Trust commented: “We are thrilled The Duke of Westminster is supporting this project and greatly appreciative of the enthusiasm and understanding he has shown for the many benefits it will have for Blacon and sport in Chester.

“This will be a place where sport’s ability to transform lives, help young people fulfil their potential and create stronger, healthier communities will be brought to life, and this grant includes a significant contribution to the costs of building the sports hub and funding over the next five years to design and deliver projects that engage and improve local communities.

“The Westminster Foundation’s passion for creating opportunities and supporting communities is shared by the Community Trust and we look forward to strengthening this partnership in the years to come.”

King George V Playing Fields is a prominent site in the community which has historically been well used for team sports and recreation, however a lack of investment and maintenance has seen the pitches deteriorate into a poor condition. The project will turn derelict sports fields into a new 3G floodlit pitch and improved grass pitches to host a wide variety of football activities, including mental health and wellbeing football, disability football, walking football and development sessions for young boys and girls.

A refurbished Clubhouse will also act as a flexible community space for meetings and training including a new post-16 education provision helping young people gain a BTEC Sport qualification, FA coaching awards and practical experience to create a pathway to higher education and employment.