Author: Jim Green

Chester FC fans aged 15 and under can now sign up to become Junior Blues for 2019/20 – and membership is now free!
 
As a Junior Blues member, you will be able to attend exclusive events including the annual Festive Funday and Takeover Day, enter fantastic competitions and receive a 10% discount in the club shop.
 
You will also be given a free 2019/20 season membership pack containing a membership card, Junior Blues pen and collectible autograph cards.
 
To mark the start of the new season, we are giving everyone who joins Junior Blues in August the chance to win an official Chester FC mascot experience worth £80 for the home game with Guiseley on Saturday 7th September.
 
Just sign up using the online form below no later than 31st August and you will be entered into a prize draw and could be leading the team out at the Deva Stadium.
 
Sign up for Junior Blues membership here
 
For more information, contact Chester FC Community Trust at community@chesterfc.com or call 01244 371376.
 
What is Junior Blues?
 
Junior Blues is the Chester FC supporters club for children aged 15 and under. It is part of the City Fans United supporters group and run with support from Chester FC Community Trust. The group aims to offer fun activities and memorable experiences for young fans, helping create a lifelong love of the Blues.
 
Please note membership is now free for all children, however donations to support the running of the group are welcome and can be made to Chester FC Community Trust via JustGiving here. Every penny will go towards improving the range of activities on offer.
 
How can I join?
 
To sign up for Junior Blues, complete the online application form here. You can also sign up using paper membership forms available from the ticket office at the Deva Stadium on matchdays and between 10am and 4pm on weekdays.
 
Volunteers required
 
Would you like to help grow the Junior Blues? We are keen to hear from anyone who is interested in becoming part of a volunteer committee to assist with the running of Junior Blues and organising events. If you can spare a few hours a month and would like more information, email community@chesterfc.com.

Chester FC and Chester FC Community Trust have teamed up to provide more than 50 local schools with a free family season ticket for the 2019/20 campaign.
 
The family season ticket will admit two adults and two children for free to each of the club’s home Vanarama National League North fixtures, beginning with the visit of Altrincham on Tuesday 6th August (7.45pm KO).
 

 
Schools can use the season ticket to reward or incentivise children through the year and although the scheme is not expected to be fully utilised until September, the Community Trust hopes the following points are helpful for visiting families:
 
1) The season ticket will admit two adults and two children to home league matches during the 2019/20 season. It may be used to admit one adult and three children if required.
 
2) The season ticket should be presented to the turnstile operator at trunstile six in the Swettenham Chemists’ Community Stand (West Stand) on the day of the match. Turnstiles normally open 45 minutes before kick-off.
 
3) Seating is unreserved so you may sit in any seat you choose, except those marked as ‘Season Ticket Holders’.
 
4) There are refreshment kiosks selling hot and cold drinks and snacks within each stand along with toilet facilities. The Blues Bar at the stadium is also open before and after every game for refreshments and the Club Shop sells a range of clothing and merchandise.
 
5) An information point is available on matchdays in the ticket office should visitors have any questions or be unsure of where to go.
 
Both Chester FC and Chester FC Community Trust look forward to welcoming you to the Deva Stadium and we hope you enjoy watching the Blues this season. If you have any questions about the scheme or your visit, please email community@chesterfc.com.

For every young football fan, the experience of leading out the Chester FC team at the Deva Stadium is one that will not be forgotten.
 
Mascot packages are now available to book for the 2019/20 season and make a perfect gift for a birthday or special occasion.
 
Youngsters will receive a full Chester FC home kit to wear on the day and signed matchday programme before being given a behind the scenes stadium tour including a visit to the dressing room to meet the managers and players. There will be time for a pitchside pre-match warm up before the mascot has the honour of leading the Blues onto the pitch for the big game.
 

 
Packages cost £80 and include tickets for two adults and one child, car parking and a commemrative digital photograph from the centre circle with the captains and officials.
 
If you wish to make the day extra memorable, upgrades to include matchday hospitality in the Legends Lounge are available as well as the option to add additional tickets for family and friends.
 
For further information or to apply to be a mascot this season, email community@chesterfc.com or call Chester FC Community Trust on 01244 371376.

Community clubs and schools can now book Chester FC Team of the Week matchday experiences for the 2019/20 season.
 
Every home game sees a local junior team given the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Deva Stadium, meeting the players and managers, visiting the dressing room, learning about the history of the club and having a kickabout on the hallowed turf before cheering on the Blues
 
The Team of the Week experience costs just £30 per team, which includes two tickets for coaches and 16 players’ tickets. Additional parent tickets can be purchased at for £10 and siblings for £3, ensuring a great day out for the whole family.
 
The package includes:

Behind the scenes tour of the stadium

Meet the managers, players and our mascot Lupus

Pre-match kickabout with Community Trust coaches on the pitch

Create a guard of honour as players take to the pitch before the match

Tickets for your team to watch the action in the Swettenham Chemists Community Stand
 
Team of the Week packages for 2019/20 are on sale now and can be booked through Chester FC Community Trust. Matches are allocated on a first come, first served basis as home games are limited for the season.
 
For more information or to book, email community@chesterfc.com or call us on 01244 371376.

Chester FC Community Trust has launched a bumper programme of activities for the summer holidays.
 
The Community Trust will be running its popular Chester FC Soccer School across four weeks as well as specific camps for girls, goalkeepers and strikers.
 
Youngsters will develop their footballing skills through drills, small-sided games and mini-tournaments with professional coaches while having fun, getting active and making new friends.
 
All of the courses will take place at The Cheshire County Sports Club in Upton with prices from as little as £10 per day.
 
There will be opportunities to meet Chester FC players and each child will take home a certificate of attendance and have the chance to win trophies.
 
The full list of activities can be found below and for more information or to book places, email community@chesterfc.com or contact 07512 355396. Online booking is available via Eventbrite (booking fee applies) at community.chesterfc.com/book-online.
 
Soccer School (Book online here)
 
Two-day course: July 29-30
Three-day course: August 6-8
Four-day course: August 12-15
Four-day course: August 19-22
 
Goalkeeper Camp (Book online here)
 
One-day camp: August 9
 
Girls Soccer School (Book online here)
 
One-day camp: August 16
 
Striker Camp (Book online here)
 
One-day camp: August 23

Chester FC and Chester FC Community Trust are pleased to confirm more than 50 local schools have taken up the offer of a free family season ticket.
 

 
Each of the schools will receive a family season ticket to use as a reward or incentive for pupils, which will admit two children and two adults to every home league fixture during the 2019/20 season.
 
The club and Community Trust have worked together on the scheme, which aims to increase the number of families watching the Blues, engage new supporters and give more youngsters the opportunity to watch their local team.
 
The club is aiming to deliver a whole new matchday experience for the families attending games and is seeking volunteer matchday hosts who would like to be involved with this initiative from the outset. Please email jeff.banks@chesterfc.com for further information.
 
Jim Green, CEO of the Community Trust, said: “The response has been really positive and we’ve had schools from across Chester, North Wales and West Cheshire signing up. We will be delivering the season tickets to schools over the next couple of weeks so they are ready to use from the start of the new season.”
 
Jeff Banks, Director of Fan Engagement, said: “It is fantastic that we’ve had such a great response to this initiative and we hope that we see lots of new fans coming to see Chester FC which is what we all want to see and are striving to achieve.
 
“We’ll be looking to provide a first class matchday experience for all of those attending to ensure that they want to come back again and again.”
 
Schools who have yet to take advantage of the offer and who would like to receive a free family season ticket are asked to email community@chesterfc.com as soon as possible to ensure they do not miss out.

Footballers living with disabilities in the Chester area are set to benefit from a significant boost in competitive opportunities after Chester FC Community Trust were awarded a £3,000 Grow the Game grant.
 

 
The scheme, which is funded by The Football Association and delivered by the Football Foundation, will enable the Community Trust to create two new pan-disability teams for U16s boys and U16s girls.
 
The Grow the Game scheme sees grants awarded to community football clubs wishing to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.
 
This year, funding was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams, which can assist towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.
 
The grant will extend the Community Trust’s disability provision, which currently includes a partnership with Derwen College and two adult mental health and social inclusion teams.
 
Jim Green, CEO of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “Thanks to The FA and the Football Foundation, we will be able to address a lack of opportunities for young people with a disability to play football and create two new teams under the Chester FC banner.
 
“Weekly pan-disability sessions will be launching in September for U16s with the aim of entering boys and girls teams in the Cheshire Ability Counts League and to support young players in progressing on The FA’s disability talent pathway.
 
“We would encourage anyone interested in taking part in the new sessions or potential partners to get in touch and help us reach as many players as possible.”

Chester FC Women are delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Fitzsimons as Manager ahead of the 2019-2020 season.
 

 
Martin, 27, is a UEFA B licence coach and joins from Crewe Alexandra Women, where he was Reserves manager and Head of Youth Development.
 
He also coaches in the Academy at Wigan Athletic and works at Wigan Athletic Community Trust.
 
Martin will be joined by Ben Wilkes who has been appointed as Assistant Manager.
 
Community Trust CEO Jim Green said: “We were very pleased with the calibre of applicants for the post, but Martin really stood out and impressed the selection panel.
 
“He already has a good level of experience in the women’s game and we’re confident he will be an excellent fit for the role.
 
“The women’s team have been a real success story in recent seasons and I’m sure that trend will continue under Martin’s leadership.”
 
Chester FC Women will be holding an open trial this summer for anyone interested in joining the club. Prospective players can email community@chesterfc.com to obtain further details.

Chester FC Women are seeking a new manager after it was decided Dean Vian would not be retained in the role for the 2019/20 season.
 

 
The decision forms part of a wider review of the club’s women’s and girls’ section.
 
Dean has made a significant contribution in the role since his appointment in May 2016. He led the team to the Cheshire Women’s League Division One championship and Challenge Cup success in 2017/18, also reaching the semi-finals of the Cheshire FC Ladies Cup
 
The Blues were promoted to the North West Women’s Regional Football League for 2018/19 and finished sixth in Division One South this season, recording some impressive results and performances against higher placed teams.
 
The club wishes to place on record its gratitude to Dean for his commitment to Chester FC Women and wishes him the best of luck for his future coaching career.
 
The women’s and girls’ section is managed through Chester FC Community Trust and includes Chester FC Women, Chester FC Women Under-18s, Girls Player Development Centre and Girls Football Centres.
 
Parties interested in applying for the role of Chester FC Women manager are asked to submit a football CV and covering letter to jim.green@chesterfc.com.

Chester FC is offering primary and secondary schools in Chester and the surrounding area a free family season ticket for the 2019/20 campaign.
 

 
The club and its Community Trust have teamed up to deliver this fantastic new initiative, with the family season ticket allowing two children and two adults from each participating school to watch the Blues in action next season.
 
Schools will be able use to the season ticket to reward and incentivise deserving pupils for each home league fixture at the Swansway Chester Stadium.
 
The club is aiming to deliver a whole new matchday experience for the families visiting with the season ticket and is seeking volunteer matchday hosts who would like to be involved with this initiative from the outset. Please email jeff.banks@chesterfc.com for further information.
 
Jim Green, CEO of the Community Trust, said, “We want to make this as easy as possible for schools and hopefully lots will take up the offer of a free family season ticket for their pupils. For some children it might be the first time they have had the opportunity to attend a live football match and we hope it will be a great family day out and something they will remember.”
 
Jeff Banks, director of Fan Engagement, was delighted to announce this initiative: “It’s something that the Fan Engagement Working Group (FEWG) and Community Trust have been discussing recently, and we really want to engage with local schools, both primary and secondary, and hopefully the Family Season Ticket idea will be well received and we will get to see some new Chester FC fans in the process. We are certainly planning to make their matchday experience a really positive one.”
 
The Community Trust will be making contact schools this week with further details about the initiative and more information can be obtained via community@chesterfc.com.