Author: Jim Green

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 community@chesterfc.com 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 community@chesterfc.com.

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 community@chesterfc.com.

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.

Chester FC Community Trust is looking for experienced and enthusiastic football and sport coaches join our growing team.

Successful candidates need to be able to plan and deliver high quality coaching sessions to a diverse range of participants as part of our schools, holiday and football development programmes.

You will be committed, professional and share our charity’s passions for football, sport and the community.

Candidates should have have a minimum FA Level 1 in Coaching Football certificate with valid first aid and safeguarding certificates. Experience working within children and young people would be an advantage.

Hours available include daytime, evening and weekend work based on need and availability. These are casual roles and require travel to venues across Chester and Ellesmere Port so being flexible and having access to your own transport is essential.

In return we offer a competitive salary, Chester FC Community Trust staff kit and the opportunity to progress your coaching career within a successful club community organisation.

This post is subject to enhanced DBS check, references and completion of a probationary period.

About Us

Chester FC Community Trust uses the power of sport and appeal of Chester FC to improve and enhance the lives of people living in Chester and the surrounding areas. We deliver projects across four themes of coaching, education, social inclusion and health to people of all ages and abilities. We aim to engage and involve the whole community and work with partners who share our vision for a cohesive and inclusive future.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please send a CV and covering letter to Chief Executive Jim Green at jim.green@chesterfc.com.

Chester FC Community Trust invites you to support the Young Lions with a special ticket and travel package as England Under-21s face Andorra.

The package includes return coach travel from Chester and your ticket for the match at Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium on Thursday, March 26 (kick-off 7.45pm).

The coach will be departing from the 1885 Arena on Bumpers Lane at approximately 5pm and returning following the game.

Tickets, which include coach travel, are £18 for adults, £15 for concessions (over 65s) and £12 for under 18s.

The Andorra match is part of a double-header of home UEFA European U21 Championship qualifiers for Aidy Boothroyd’s side.

England sit top of qualifying Group 3 with four wins in four matches, as they work to reach next summer’s tournament which is being staged in Hungary and Slovenia.

This is a fantastic opportunity to watch the next generation of England stars in action with exciting talents Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden among those likely to feature.

Places for ticket and travel package are limited and must be booked in advance through Eventbrite here

For questions or further details please call 01244 371376 or email community@chesterfc.com.

The Premier League is once again using the appeal of football to inspire primary school children across England and Wales to pen a poem, this time on the theme of ambition.

This year the Premier League want pupils to write poems based on the theme of ambition, using inspiration from the poem Beautiful Ambition by Karl Nova. The poem and subject encourage pupils to think about their ambitious through potery.

Chester FC Community Trust is able to support schools with entering this year’s competition and can deliver free workshops to help pupils with their entries.

There are lots of prizes to be won including the opportunity for the Premier League Trophy to visit your school, as well as an exclusive poetry workshop delivered by a leading children’s author or poet. The winning poems will be featured in an illustrated book of Premier League Writing Stars poems.

If you want to get your primary school involved in this year’s competition about ambition, here’s how:

Head to the competition page to find out more about the competition and how to submit your school’s entries.

Download a competition pack for Key Stage 1 or for Key Stage 2 and get writing!

Schools have until 20 March 2020 to submit their entries, with the first 500 schools to enter earning themselves a fantastic poetry book bag.

The ever popular Chester FC Soccer School is back for February half-term with bookings now being taken.

Chester FC Community Trust is running the holiday sessions at Goals Soccer Centre from 10am to 4pm on Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th February.

The camp is open to boys and girls of all abilities aged 6-14 and will feature coaching, drills, games and tournaments with FA qualified coaches.

The camp costs £12.50 per day or just £40 for all four days days. An optional 9am early drop-off is available for £2.50 per day. Online booking is available through Eventbrite (additional booking fee applies) at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chester-fc-soccer-school-february-tickets-91598502587.

Children will need a packed lunch, snacks, lots of drinks as well as suitable footwear, shin pads and appropriate clothing.

To book or for more information, contact Chester FC Community Trust on 07512 355396 or email community@chesterfc.com. Online bookings can be made at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chester-fc-soccer-school-february-tickets-91598502587.

Chester FC and Chester FC Community Trust are pleased to confirm this year’s Junior Blues Takeover Day will take place at the home game against Blyth Spartans on Saturday 8th February.

Last season’s event was a huge success with some of our young supporters having the chance to work alongside club staff and volunteers and perform key matchday duties.

From media officer to groundsman, and stadium announcer to director for the day, Junior Blues can take on a wide range of roles and gain an insight into what happens behinds the scenes at the 1885 Arena on a matchday.

Jeff Banks, Chester FC director of Fan Engagement, said: “We’re once again looking forward to the Junior Blues Takeover Day, which was one of the first matchday themes listed for this season. I’m in no doubt that the youngsters will again show us all how it’s done and it always creates a great vibe around the ground on what is a special day for all involved. It’s also a great chance for the Junior Blues to learn about the behind the scenes roles that they could one day end up fulfilling here in the future at Chester FC.”

Jim Green, CEO of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “Junior Blues Takeover Day is always a great event and a truly memorable day for young fans. We are amazed at the passion, maturity and skill the Junior Blues demonstrate on the day and hopefully the experience will inspire them to consider becoming volunteer themselves in future years.”

Junior Blues members wishing to take part should email community@chesterfc.com with their name, age, contact datils and the job roles they are interested in.

Available Roles

Management Team

Community Trust Mascot Co-Ordinator

Media Team

Match Photographer

Groundsman

Chairman or Director (includes Boardroom Duty)

Stadium Announcer

Commercial Matchday Team

Seals Live (Matchday Summariser)

Matchday Ticket Office

Stadium Safety Team

Due to anticipated levels of demand for this event, we encourage Junior Blues members aged 8-14 to apply for multiple roles to avoid disappointment.

The closing date for applications is Friday 31st January.

Chester FC Community Trust has an exciting opportunity available for young people who want to become qualified football coaches.

If you are aged 16-24 and share our passion for the game, we would like to hear from you and help start your coaching journey.

As a volunteer coach, you will receive funding to complete the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course and a programme of support and training, including mentoring from a Chester FC Community Trust staff member.

In return, you will work alongside our team of coaches at a range of community football sessions during evenings and weekends, and be expected to volunteer 100 hours with the chance to earn Chester FC kit as you complete your volunteering log.

Volunteering with Community Trust will allow you to gain valuable experience and learn new skills to enhance your CV, build your confidence, meet new people and make a difference in your community.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate an enthusiasm for football and coaching but do not need any formal qualifications or previous experience. You will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check and complete first aid and safeguarding certificates.

These new roles have been made possible thanks to support from the Comic Relief Community Fund.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for this role, please submit a personal statement of no more than 200 words to Chief Executive Jim Green via jim.green@chesterfc.com.

Please include details of your background, current experience, reasons for wanting to volunteer and your future aspirations.