Author: Jim Green

This year’s Junior Blues Festive Funday will take place on Friday 28th December at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

The party runs from 10am to 2pm and is free of charge for Junior Blues members with children who are not currently members able to sign up for £5.
There is lots of festive fun planned for children of all ages including football and sport activities, music, quizzes, crafts and games.
Lunch and drinks will be provided for Junior Blues and club mascot Lupus will be making a special visit to join the fun too.
Fans are advised to book now as places must be requested in advance. Parents can drop children off at the Blues Bar for 10am and collect them at 2pm following the party.
Junior Blues still to collect this season’s membership packs will be able to do at the party.
To book places, email or contact the ticket office on 01244 371376.

Chester FC Community Trust is hosting a two-day Festive Futsal Camp at Blacon High School in January.

Last year’s event sold-out in record time and demand is again expected to be high for the indoor camp, which takes place on Thursday January 3rd and Friday January 4th.
The Chester FC Festive Futsal Camp allow players to develop an understanding of the sport and feature skills, drills, games and tournaments. The camp is for children aged 6-14 and runs from 10am until 4pm each day with an optional 9am early drop-off available for parents.
Youngsters will need a packed lunch, lots of drinks and trainers. Every child who attends will receive a certificate with medals for those who attend on both days.
The camp costs just £12.50 per day or only £20 for both days. The optional 9am early drop-off available is an additional £2.50 each day.
Futsal is a fast and exciting indoor version played across the world and is becoming more popular in the UK with The FA launching a new national Futsal Super League earlier this year.
Futsal helps develop close-control, quick thinking and different techniques to traditional football with superstars like Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Coutinho crediting the game with shaping the players they are today.
Places are limited and can now be booked via, on 07512 355396 or online via Eventbrite for a small additional booking fee at

Chester FC Community Trust is pleased to announced it is hosting a Primary Teachers’ Award CPD event in partnership with The FA.

The course, which is free for teachers, teaching assistants, NQTs and PGCE students, will run from 9am to 4pm on Thursday 25th April at the Swansway Chester Stadium, home of Chester FC.
The FA Primary Teachers’ Award designed for any practicing or aspiring primary school teachers and it has been hugely successful in developing teachers’ confidence to deliver high quality PE.
The course presents ideas for lessons using games based around movement skills for 5–11 year olds and the basic principles of invasion games. The tutors show how differentiation and assessment for learning can be embedded in PE lessons and also give guidance to those teachers who might run a school team. It is applicable for those who wish to build on their existing knowledge and those with little confidence of PE or football.
Throughout the course, the tutors will also explain the importance of high quality PE in schools in order to develop confidence, self-esteem and belief amongst children and also the benefits of PE in raising academic achievement across other school subjects.
Candidates will gain a resource booklet and a recognised qualification on completion. At the end of the course learners will:
Have a greater awareness of the contribution of invasion games have to KS1 & KS2 PE purpose of study
Understand The FA’s playing and coaching philosophy (England DNA)
Understand how to set up an organised football activity session
Understand how to organise basic FUNdamental games to help develop physical literacy
Have an understanding of how to modify practices to manage difference
Understand how to set up 4v4 games for young players
Have an understanding of how to further their knowledge and understanding of association football through attending relevant courses
Date: Thursday 25th April 2019
Venue: Chester FC, Swansway Chester Stadium, Bumpers Lane, Chester CH1 4LT
Times: 9am until 4pm (arrival from 8.45am)
Cost: Free for teachers, teaching assistants, NQTs and PGCE students
Tutor: Tom Mulholland (The FA)
Requirements: Please bring a packed lunch and come prepared to take part in practical activities.
To book places for the course, register through Eventbrite here.
For further information email or contact Jim Green on 01244 371376.

As the festive period approaches, Chester FC and Chester FC Community Trust are asking supporters to donate to the West Cheshire Foodbank this Christmas.

The club will be collecting items at the upcoming home games with Darlington on 1st December and AFC Telford United on 22nd December to help those people in our community who are in crisis.
Donations can be dropped off at the Community Trust gazebo prior to each match, or at the Swansway Chester Stadium ticket office between 10am and 4pm on weekdays.
Donated items will then be delivered to West Cheshire Foodbank to help feed local families and individuals in need.
West Cheshire Foodbank has provided the following list of items it needs most this Christmas: UHT milk, UHT juice, cereal, tinned potatoes, coffee (100g), biscuits, tinned custard, pasta sauce, curry sauce, jams, cup soups, instant mash, toilet rolls and toiletries.
The following items are also required: tinned vegetables, tinned tomatoes, Pot Noodles, 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

Lache Primary School girls and Malpas Alport Primary School boys will represent Chester FC in this season’s National League Trust Under 11s Cup after winning the opening round.

Fifteen teams from Chester and Ellesmere Port battled it out as Chester FC Community Trust hosted the qualifying stage of the competition which gives primary schools the chance to play at Wembley Stadium in the national final.
Last season St Werburgh’s & St Columba’s Catholic Primary School boys represented Chester FC and made it to Wembley, defeating southern winners Dartford at the National League promotional final to be crowned overall champions.
Lache and Malpas Alport will now be hoping to follow in their footsteps after emerging victorious at the end of a fantastic afternoon of football at Goals Soccer Centre on Wednesday.

The group stages were the most competitive in the three years the event has been running with goal difference required to separate several of the teams and the knockout stages produced a number of thrilling contests.
In the respective finals Lache overcame last year’s winners Kelsall Primary School in the girls’ competition while Malpas edged out Saughall All Saints Primary School 1-0 in the boys’ event.

The winning schools now progress to the north west regional finals where a place in the northern finals will be at stake and the winners of this will go through to play at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 11th May 2019.
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “As ever the standard of play and sportsmanship was exceptional and every player gave their all in a fantastic event.
“Each year this competition is hugely competitive and today was the toughest we have seen with a huge amount of quality on show and every school contributing to a brilliant tournament.
“It was played in a tremendous spirit with all teams demonstrating great sportsmanship throughout. The respect the players have for their team-mates, opponents, referees and schools is brilliant to see.
“We would like to say a huge well done to all of the schools who took part and thanks to Goals Chester for hosting the tournament once again.”

Chester FC Goalkeeping Academy sessions are restarting on Wednesday 14th November at the new venue of Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

The popular sessions provided specialist coaching to help those boys and girls who prefer to be between the sticks to learn the art of goalkeeping.
The weekly sessions will run on Wednesdays from 6pm-7pm on the 3G pitch at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Stanney Lane.
Goalkeepers of all abilities and levels of experience who are aged 7-16 are welcome to attend and the cost is just £3 per week with no pre-booking or advance payments required.
For more details about the sessions, contact 07512 355396 or email

The Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition has been launched for 2018 and invites children to pen a poem on the theme of diversity to be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes.

Inspired by the poem written specially for this competition, Beautifully different, Wonderfully the same by Joseph Coelho, the campaign is open to all primary schools in England and Wales and is supported by stars from the worlds of football, entertainment and literature.
Last year’s inaugural Writing Stars competition encouraged more than 25,000 primary school pupils to write a poem.
The judging panel includes former Premier League footballer Rio Ferdinand, singer and songwriter Olly Murs, Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, poet Joseph Coelho. Casia Wiliam, current Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-language Children’s Poet Laureate) will guest judge all Welsh-language entries. All judging will be overseen by National Literacy Trust Director Jonathan Douglas.
Entries will be considered against a range of criteria including creativity, tone and originality. The winning poems will be published in a limited-edition book. Other prizes include author-led writing workshops and Premier League trophy school visits, as well as winning poems being read aloud by some of the competition judges. The first 1,000 primary schools to enter will receive a poetry book bag containing 12 different titles.
Poems can be entered in all forms, including lyrics or a rap, and teachers and parents can register or nominate their child’s school to take part at All poems are submitted via schools either online or by post. Teachers have until Friday 21st December 2018 to submit their pupils’ work. Winners will be announced in March 2019.
The Writing Stars competition is supported by the National Literacy Trust and is part of the Premier League Primary Stars education programme, which engages more than 16,000 primary schools in England and Wales.
Full details about this year’s poetry competition can be found at
Chester FC Community Trust can provide free support to schools and teachers who wish to take part. For more details call 01244 371376 or email

Chester FC Community Trust’s schools programme is continuing to grow with a range of high quality support being delivered in primary schools across the local area.

The club’s charitable organisation works with partner schools to encourage children to be more active and uses the appeal of football to engage and inspire them both in school and life.
For the 2018/19 academic year the Community Trust has moved up to tier five of Premier League Primary Stars, a national programme connecting learning to the real world of sport.
Each week coaches plan and deliver fun and engaging PE lessons, extra-curricular activities and interactive workshops to a high standard and provide mentoring and support to teachers, helping increase their confidence and skills in PE.
Alongside this delivery, schools and teachers can access free teaching materials and resources through the Premier League Primary Stars website with access to player visits, stadium tours, matchday experiences and inter-school tournaments.
During the first half of the autumn term, the Community Trust supported Rhos Street School in Ruthin, St Martin’s Academy in Hoole and St Mary of the Angels Primary School and Wolverham Primary School in Ellesmere Port.
The new half-term will see the Community Trust engaging with Barrow Primary School, St Bernard’s RC Primary School and St Saviour’s Catholic Primary School as well as visiting Mill View Primary School, St Clare’s Catholic Primary School and The Oaks Primary School to lead assemblies.
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “It has been really encouraging to see the growth and impact of our schools programme since the turn of the year.
“We place a huge value on each of our school partnerships and consider it a great privilege to have the opportunity to support both children and teachers in this way.
“Through using the Chester FC name and badge, we aim to inspire children to be lead more active, healthier lives, raise aspirations and provide a positive experience of our football club.”
The schools programme is subsidised through funding from the Premier League Charitable Fund and National League Trust.
To find out how your school can get involved, contact Chester FC Community Trust on 01244 371376 or email

Chester FC Community Trust is seeking enthusiastic and talented sports coaches to join our expanding team.

As a Community Coach, your role will be to plan and deliver high-quality coaching sessions in schools and as part of our wider programme of activities.
The ideal candidate will have an FA Level 2 in Coaching Football qualification together with an NGB Level 1 coaching qualification in a second sport. Experience working within a school environment would be an advantage.
You will have a passion for sport and a commitment to develop your own skills and knowledge.
As well as delivering an exceptional standard of coaching, successful applicants will be expected to maintain and develop excellent relationships between Chester FC and our partners in the community including schools and clubs.
In addition to delivering sessions in a school setting, the role requires flexibility to work some evenings and weekends. This is a casual position, however there is scope for it to lead to a part-time post dependent on performance.
You will be required to travel to and from a variety of venues with appropriate equipment and as the role involves working with children, candidates will be subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
In return we offer a competitive salary and a fantastic opportunity to progress your coaching career within a successful club community organisation.
To apply for this role, please send a CV and covering letter to Chief Executive Jim Green at

Chester FC Community Trust is inviting primary schools to enter the 2018 National League Trust Under 11s Cup, which gives youngsters a once in a lifetime opportunity to play at Wembley.

The annual competition sees National League clubs host local tournaments with the winning schools progressing to regional finals and competing for a place in the overall final at the national stadium.
Last year St Werburgh’s & St Columba’s Catholic Primary School from Hoole embarked on an incredible run, winning the Chester FC event and the north west and northern finals before being crowned national champions at Wembley.
This year’s event takes place on Wednesday 14th November at Goals Soccer Centre between 1pm and 4pm (registration at 12.30pm).
The six-a-side tournament is free to enter and features separate competitions for boys and girls. It is open to primary schools and each squad should contain a minimum of eight players who are in Year 6 or below.
The winners of the boys and girls competitions will go through to regional and northern tournaments for the chance to contest the final at Wembley on Saturday 11th May 2019.
To enter or for more information, call Chester FC Community Trust on 01244 371376 or email