Month: March 2021

Cheshire West and Chester Council and Chester FC Community Trust have been awarded a grant of £1,068,589 from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation to create a new 3G pitch and pavilion in Blacon.

This brings the total investment at Blacon Playing Fields to £1.8 million for a full-size floodlit artificial grass pitch and a new multi-use community building with changing rooms, kitchen, office and training room, along with a 104-space car park and improved access, creating a community sports hub across the wider site.

The hub will become the new base for Chester FC Community Trust and provide state-of-the-art sport and community facilities for grassroots clubs and leagues, sports groups and local organisations.

The Council and Chester FC Community Trust worked with the Football Foundation and Cheshire FA to secure the £1m grant towards the scheme. Planning permission was granted in December and partnership funding from the Council, Westminster Foundation, Avenue Services, Ursula Keyes Trust and Chester FC Community Trust means work can now start. The work is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Plans are also proposed to improve the existing facilities at King George V Playing Fields with new drainage for the grass pitches and refurbishment of the derelict pavilion.

Gemma Davies, Director of Housing and Economy for Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “What a fantastic investment this is for the area. Sport is essential for improving health, not only physical but mental health as well. The new facilities will greatly improve the leisure opportunities in Blacon and for the surrounding area.

“The grant will enable both junior and open age football teams to benefit from the new facilities and increase playing opportunities for women and girls, people with disabilities and older people.”Chester FC Community Trust will establish a new post-16 education centre at the hub and the pitch will be available for local schools to use during the day.

Jim Green, CEO of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “The grant of £1m from the Football Foundation is huge for local football and will enable us to bring our vision of a thriving hub for community sport to life.

“This is a really significant investment in Blacon and Chester that will deliver much needed facilities that will increase participation in sport, create new education and employability opportunities and improve health and wellbeing for many years.

“This is a very exciting moment for us, and it would not have been possible without the support and belief from our partners, stakeholders and community, for which we are incredibly grateful.”

The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities.

Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This grant award to Cheshire West and Chester Council and Chester FC Community Trust towards developing a new state-of-the-art sports hub is great news for the local community.

“It will support people’s ability to play our national game locally and therefore help unlock football’s many benefits to physical and mental wellbeing. That’s why we’re committed to transforming the face of grassroots football facilities in this country. It’s therefore very welcome news to hear that this funding will help Cheshire West and Chester Council and Chester FC Community Trust to improve access to high-quality football facilities for local clubs and provide new sport and education opportunities for all ages.

“The Football Foundation is working closely with our partners – the Premier League, The FA, government and Sport England – support facility development projects like this across the country over the next decade to transform our grassroots game and unlock the power of pitches.”

If you would like to know more about the scheme, have any questions or would like to be involved in the project, please contact Community Trust chief executive Jim Green on 01244 371376 or email jim.green@chesterfc.com.

Chester FC Community Trust will be resuming delivery of community activities from Monday 29 March as part of the next step of the Government’s roadmap out of national lockdown.

With organised outdoor sport permitted from this date, we are looking forward to providing a safe return to play for our participants in adherence with the latest guidance from The FA and Government.

Chester FC PAN-Disability Football will restart at Goals Soccer Centre on Tuesday 30 March.

Chester FC Mental Health & Wellbeing Football will restart at Goals Soccer Centre on Thursday 1 April and at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Tuesday 13 April.

Chester FC Walking Football will restart at Goals Soccer Centre on Wednesday 31 March.

Chester FC Goalkeeping Academy will restart at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Wednesday 31 March.

Further updates regarding the restart of other sessions will be released over the next few days.

Chester FC Community Trust is committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of everyone who attends our sessions. All activities will be planned and delivered in line with the latest Government and FA guidance with additional measures and procedures in place for your safety. This includes collecting and storing the names and contact information of participants for NHS Test and Trace purposes.

For more information about any of our sessions or to register contact 07512 355396 or email community@chesterfc.com.

Chester FC and Chester FC Community Trust want to help ensure everyone can enjoy a chocolate treat this Easter.

The Chester FC Easter Egg Appeal aims to distribute 500 Easter Eggs to local children, families and older people who are struggling financially or emotionally due to the effects of Covid-19.

We hope you will consider lending your support to help us put a smile on the faces of those who are finding things difficult this Easter.

You can donate chocolate eggs by dropping them off at the Deva Stadium ticket office from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th March between 12pm and 2pm

If you would rather make a small donation to enable the Community Trust to purchase an egg on your behalf, you can do so through Just Giving below:

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The cut off for donations is Friday 26th March and the Community Trust will then distribute the Easter Eggs to local schools, care homes, charities and community projects.

For more information about the Chester FC Easter Egg Appeal, email community@chesterfc.com.

Chester FC Community Trust is seeking two new apprentices to join our team.

The Level 2 Community Activator Coach apprenticeships will offer aspiring coaches the opportunity to achieve recognised qualifications and gain workplace skills and experience while receiving a weekly salary.

As an apprentice with Chester FC Community Trust, you will assist in the delivery of a range of sport and community programmes including schools coaching and holiday courses. You will also support the planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects.

You will complete FA coaching certificates and undertake a bespoke training programme with our partners Sport Structures that includes the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting the Learning in PE and School Sport.

The successful candidate will have a passion for sport and exercise, GCSE Grade 4 in PE or Level 2 sport qualification, GCSE Grade 4 or above in English and Maths, and be flexible as the role will involve evening and weekend activities.

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you will have the skills, qualifications and experience to apply for permanent employment with Chester FC Community Trust or within the sports industry.

To find out more details about these apprenticeships, click the link below or contact Jim Green via jim.green@chesterfc.com or call 07512 355396.

Level 2 Community Activator Coach

The closing date for applications is 31st March 2021.