Author: Jim Green

Chester FC Community Trust has unveiled its vision for a new £1.6 million community sports hub in Chester.
 

 
The charitable arm of Chester FC is collaborating with Cheshire West & Chester Council on plans to develop King George V playing fields in Blacon.
 
Subject to planning, the scheme will include a new full size floodlit 3G pitch, improvement of the existing grass pitches, a new Clubhouse with changing rooms and community facilities, refurbishment of the existing Pavilion to include an education suite and additional car parking and access to the site.
 
The sports hub will provide much needed facilities for grassroots clubs and leagues, as well as delivering wider community benefits including improved health and wellbeing, increased participation in sport and new employment and education opportunities.
 
The council is investing in the project as part of its £2 million commitment to improve football facilities across the borough with additional funding from national governing bodies and section 106 agreements.
 
Businessman Stuart Murphy has agreed to donate £200,000 to the scheme and the Community Trust now aims to raise £300,000 through public donations, fundraising events and working with local businesses to bring the plans to fruition.
 

 
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “This is a hugely exciting project and will create an outstanding sports facility in the heart of the Chester community.
 
“We have worked closely with key stakeholders in developing the scheme and we believe it will have huge benefits for the community and grassroots sport in Cheshire West.
 
“King George V is a prominent site in Blacon but it is underused and in need of improvement and investment. The sports hub will address this and breathe new life into the area.
 
“It has taken a lot of work to get to this point but the really hard work starts now to raise the money needed to make this fantastic facility a reality and we hope the community will get behind our campaign.”
 
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, said: “The Council is working with Chester FC Community Trust to improve facilities at King George V playing fields in Blacon.
 
“We are committed to investing in grassroots football and provide residents with the means to be more active. These proposals will offer people the use of modern facilities and give them the opportunity to lead thriving lives.”
 
Preston-based Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) has been appointed to develop a masterplan for the site and the Community Trust will now be consulting with local residents, clubs, leagues and partners on the proposed scheme.
 
Donations to the project can be made at www.justgiving.com/campaign/kgvsportshub.
 
If you would like to know more about the plans, 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.

City Fans United and Chester FC Community Trust are holding an open meeting on Wednesday 20th March to provide an update on proposals for a community sports facility in Chester.
 

 
The meeting will take place in the Blues Bar at the Swansway Chester Stadium starting at 7.30pm with supporters and the wider public encouraged to attend.
 
The development of a community sports facility has been an aspiration of the supporter-owned club for a number of years with its charitable Community Trust leading the project.
 
Following positive discussions with key stakeholders over recent months, the boards of both the CFU and the Community Trust are pleased to be in a position to announce full details of the scheme.
 
The proposals have been carefully developed to ensure it provides the best possible facility for the communities of Chester and Cheshire West. A public consultation will begin in the coming weeks, giving people the opportunity to comment on the plans and inform the final design.
 
Jim Green, chief executive of the Community Trust, said: “It has been a long time coming but we are genuinely excited about these plans and look forward to sharing them with supporters and the wider community.
 
“Grassroots sport desperately needs more investment and better facilities, and this project will deliver on both counts. It will be a facility the community can be proud of.”
 
CFU director Jeff Banks said: “When we reformed the club back in 2010, one of the key aims for the future was to have a sports facility that would be of benefit to the whole community.
 
“A great deal of hard work and planning has gone into getting to this point, and next Wednesday’s meeting will provide a great chance for everyone to see how they can help in bringing this to fruition.”
 
Please note, the planned informal CFU meeting, set for Thursday 21st March, has now been brought forward to the Wednesday night in order for us to have the open meeting relating to the community sports facility.
 
If you would like to know more about the project or have any questions, please contact Community Trust chief executive Jim Green by emailing jim.green@chesterfc.com or ringing 01244 371376.

This year’s Junior Blues Takeover Day took place at the game against Boston United and proved a fantastic success.
 

 
Organised between Chester FC, Chester FC Community Trust and the Fan Engagement Working Group, the day saw Junior Blues members taking on a wide range of different matchday roles alongside club volunteers and staff.
 
From safety office to media team, groundsman to PA announcer, the Junior Blues well and truly took over the Swansway Chester Stadium and it is hoped the event will be back even bigger and better next season.
 
On behalf of the Junior Blues, a huge thank you to everyone at the football club for making the event possible and thanks too to Jonno, Bern and the team for putting on a great show.
 

 

 

Lache Primary School and Malpas Alport Primary School represented Chester FC with distinction at the regional finals of this year’s National League Trust Under 11s Cup.
 

 
Having having been in outstanding form to take top spot in the girls’ competition, Lache are now one step closer to playing at Wembley while Malpas Alport reached the semi-finals of the boys’ competition.
 
Both schools qualified for the north west regional finals in Stockport after winning the qualifying round in November in a tournament hosted by Chester FC Community Trust.
 
Lache now go through to the northern finals where the winning team will progress to the overall final, which takes place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 11th May at the Vanarama National League promotion final.
 

 
Ben Richards, community coach for Chester FC Community Trust, said: “Both teams deserve huge credit for the way they performed and represented their schools and Chester FC on the day.
 
“It was a really well organised competition bringing together some of the best school teams in the region with an exceptionally high standard of play.
 
“The players should be really proud of getting to this stage and we are looking forward to supporting Lache at the northern finals.”
 
The National League Trust Under 11s Cup is a national competition for primary schools and gives youngsters a once in a lifetime opportunity to play at Wembley. Clubs in the National League and its North and South divisions host local tournaments with the winners going through to regional finals to compete for a place at the national stadium in London.
 
Last year St Werburgh’s & St Columba’s Catholic Primary School from Hoole celebrated an incredible achievement, being crowned national champions at Wembley in the boys’ competition.

Chester FC and Chester FC Community Trust are delighted to announce the game with Leamington on 9th March has been declared the club’s annual Community Day.
 

 
The themed fixture will celebrate the supporter-owned club’s links with communities across Chester and beyond as well as showcasing the work of the Community Trust, who will be the match sponsors, within the city.
 
Hundreds of free tickets will be available for children from local schools and grassroots clubs to pack out the Intilery South Stand for the match and take part in a half-time parade around the pitch.
 
Pre-game there will be a host of activities on offer at the Swansway Chester Stadium including free face painting, football inflatables and lots more to be revealed in the coming weeks with support from the club’s Fan Engagement Working Group.
 
The Community Trust, who will be raising funds at the match to support the charity’s work, will be running free football sessions on the day for boys and girls along with walking football taster sessions for older supporters.
 
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “We’re really excited for this year’s Community Day and we’re hoping a bumper crowd will come along to enjoy the occasion and support Bern, Jonno and the team.
 
“This is the first time we’ve had a designated fixture for Community Day and it’s a great opportunity to acknowledge our role as a community club and hopefully welcome some new fans to the Chester FC family.
 
“The Community Trust will be contacting schools and clubs over the next week to invite them to join us on the day and more details about what’s planned will be announced as we build up to the game.”
 
Jeff Banks, director of fan engagement at Chester FC, said: “The Community Day represents a big chance to showcase everything that’s great about Chester FC and the Community Trust.
 
“We look forward to hosting the many local schools and clubs on the day who I’m sure will enjoy the occasion, and we would love to see all fans share in that experience too and appeal to everyone to put that date in their diary and help us celebrate Community Day!”
 
Chester FC Community Trust is the charitable organisation of Chester FC and uses the power of sport and appeal of the football club to improve and enhance the lives of people living in Chester and the surrounding area.
 
The registered charity delivers programmes and initiatives across four themes of coaching, education, health & well-being and social inclusion, engaging with hundreds of participants every month.
 
For more details about the work of the Community Trust, visit community.chesterfc.com or email community@chesterfc.com.

This February half-term sees the return of the Chester FC Soccer School with bookings now being taken.
 

 
The four-day course is running at The Cheshire County Sports Club in Upton from Monday 18th until Thursday 21st February.
 
Each day runs from 10am until 4pm each day and features coaching drills, games and tournaments with FA qualified coaches from Chester FC Community Trust.
 
The camp costs £12.50 per day or just £40 for all four days. An optional 9am early drop-off is available for £2.50 to help parents plan for the school holidays. Online booking is available through Eventbrite (additional booking fee applies) at community.chesterfc.com/book-online.
 
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 community.chesterfc.com/book-online.

Chester FC Mini Kickers kicks off for 2019 this weekend and welcomes new children aged 3-7.
 

 
Mini Kickers is a brilliant introduction to the beautiful game for youngsters in a fun, safe environment with all abilities and experience levels welcome.
 
Each session features individual and group activities and games designed to develop football and fundamental movement skills, helping to build confidence and develop life skills and values such as communication, teamwork and respect.
 
Sessions takes place on Sunday mornings in the sports hall at the Northgate Arena with two classes: 9am for three-year-olds and children in Reception; and 10am for children in Years 1 & 2.
 
Classes cost just £3 per week and there are no joining or registrations fees and no need to pay in advance.
 
New children can register in advance online at https://form.jotformeu.com/83477705058364 or for further details, email community@chesterfc.com or contact 07512 355396.

The Chester FC Girls Player Development Centre is welcoming applications from new players for its next 12-week programme, which starts on Monday January 14.
 

 
Designed to bridge the gap between the grassroots game and elite football, the Girls PDC is run in partnership with Cheshire FA and supports The FA Girls’ England Talent Pathway with progression routes for those of exceptional ability.
 
The Girls PDC provides weekly training sessions for U10s, U12s and U14s while U16s will be given the opportunity to train alongside the Chester FC Women U18s squad.
 
The programme aims to help young footballers reach their potential through the provision of quality coaching and additional playing opportunities.
 
Players selected for the Chester FC Girls PDC continue to train and play for their grassroots club, and will take part in a 12-week programme based on the The FA’s four corner player development model.
 
The centres are based on 3G artificial pitches and feature a games progamme of fixtures and festivals against professional clubs and academy teams.
 
This season’s Girls PDC programme will run on Mondays and Thursdays as follows:
 
U10, U12, U14s
Blacon High School, Melbourne Road, Blacon CH1 5JH
Mondays 6pm – 7pm
Dates: Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11, Mar 18, Mar 25, Apr 15, Apr 29
(No training sessions on Feb 18, Apr 1, Apr 8 or Apr 22)
 
U16s
The Cheshire County Sports Club, Mannings Lane, Chester, CH2 4EU
Thursdays 6.45pm – 7.45pm
Dates: To be advised from Chester FC Women U18s management team
 
The 12-week programme costs £48 (£4 per week) with the option to add a Chester FC Girls PDC training kit for an inclusive cost of £80.
 
Please note the Girls PDC is aimed at players who are performing to a high standard at grassroots level. Upton application, new players will be asked to attend an assessment session and if successful will be invited to join the programme.
 
Prospective players can register for an assessment or find out further information via community@chesterfc.com or 07512 355396.

The next block of Chester FC Player Development Centre sessions begins this month with applications now open for prospective players.
 

 
The PDC, which is for U6s to U12s, is designed to support young footballers in helping them reach their potential, offering advanced weekly training with coaches from Chester FC Community Trust and Chester FC Academy.
 
The structured programme challenges players using The FA’s four corner player development model and features games with professional clubs and academy teams.
 
Players continue to train and play for the grassroots clubs with a talent pathway enabling those of exceptional ability to progress to Chester FC Academy.
 
This programme runs for 12 weeks from January to May for U6s, U7s, U8s, U9s, U10s, U11s & U12s based on 2018/19 age groups.
 
Sessions take place on Monday and Friday evenings on 3G pitches at Blacon High School and Chester RUFC as follows:
 
U6s, U7s, U8s
Blacon High School, Melbourne Road, Blacon CH1 5JH
Mondays 5pm-6pm
 
U9s, U10s, U11s, U12s
Chester RUFC, Hare Lane, Chester CH3 7DB
Fridays 6pm-7pm
 
The 12-week programme costs £48 (£4 per week) with the option to add a Chester FC PDC training kit for an inclusive cost of £80.
 
Please note the PDC is aimed at players who are performing to a high standard at grassroots level. Upton application, new players will be asked to attend an assessment session and if successful will be invited to join the programme.
 
Prospective players can register for an assessment or find out further information via community@chesterfc.com or 07512 355396.

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 juniorblues@chesterfc.com or contact the ticket office on 01244 371376.