Author: Jim Green

Chester FC Community Trust has been awarded a National Lottery Awards For All grant to extend its award-winning mental health football project.
 

 
The charity will use the grant of £9,555 to develop new football sessions to engage with and improve the lives of men, at risk of, or experiencing mental health problems.
 
Chester FC Reach Your Goal aims to increase physical activity levels, to raise self-esteem and confidence, to develop coping strategies and build resilience to achieve positive changes to participants’ lives and enable them to fulfill their potential.
 
The project will combine free weekly football sessions with mental fitness and lifestyle coaching, exploring a range of topics and featuring guest speakers who will share their own experiences, and offer participants access to additional support to address identified issues including depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol dependency, homelessness and unemployment.
 
There will be pathways to represent Chester FC in the Cheshire Ability Counts Football League along with opportunities to complete FA coaching qualifications and volunteer with the Community Trust.
 
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “This is fantastic news and will allow us to build on the success of our existing work around mental health.
 
“We have been running weekly sessions in partnership with forfutures at the Northgate Arena for some time and these have been a great success, however the sessions are now at capacity with an established group of participants so it has been a challenge to manage this.
 
“The grant will allow to develop more sessions and engage with more men, giving them the chance to be more active, make new friends, be part of a support network and most importantly know that they are not alone.”
 
Chester FC Community Trust won Best Health Project in the 2018 National League Trust Community Awards and Best Community Project in the Cheshire FA Grassroots Football Awards 2018 for its mental health project.
 
Please email community@chesterfc.com for more information about Chester FC Reach Your Goal.

Chester FC Community Trust have teamed up with Wizz Kidz in Saltney to offer football play sessions for pre-schoolers.
 

 
The weekly sessions will run on Friday mornings at 11am and feature fun activities and games for pre-school age children using the fantastic Wizz Kidz football pitch.
 
Just like our regular Mini Kickers sessions, the pre-school sessions aim to develop fundamental movements and social skills while introducing core football skills in a fun, safe environment. Parents and responsible adults are welcome to participate with children too.
 
The sessions cost £3 per child which includes free entry to Wizz Kidz to play. Booking is advised and places can be reserved by emailing community@chesterfc.com.
 
Wizz Kidz can be found at Sabre House, Bridge Street, Saltney CH4 8SN. There is ample free parking with hot and cold refreshments available in Wizzy’z Diner.

You can now support Chester FC Community Trust when you shop online with Amazon.
 

 
The AmazonSmile scheme enables Amazon customers to donate to a charity of their choice every time they shop, at no extra cost to them.
 
Whether its books, music, films or gifts, each purchase you make will raise funds for Chester FC Community Trust as Amazon will donate a percentage of what you spend to us.
 
You will continue to receive the same shopping experience as with Amazon.co.uk and there is no additional cost for using the scheme.
 

 
It is free and simple to sign up for AmazonSmile and once you’ve selected Chester FC Community Trust as your chosen charity, you will start generating funds to support our work.
 
How does it work?
 
To get started, visit https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1174370-0 and log in using your existing Amazon details or sign up as a new Amazon customer.
 
Using this link should automatically select Chester FC Community Trust as your chosen charity, however if it does not you can use the search function to find us.
 
You will then be ready to start shopping and raising funds, but remember to make sure you make purchases through AmazonSmile and not just Amazon to ensure we receive donations.

England Under 17s take on USA at Chester FC in October and group bookings are now being taken for schools and clubs to support the Young Lions.
 

 
England are hosting Brazil, Russia and USA in a four-team tournament and will kick-off their tournament against USA at the Swansway Chester Stadium on Friday 12th October (7pm KO).
 
Chester FC Community Trust is inviting local clubs and schools to join us for the game and make it a real family occasion. Tickets for the match are priced at just £3 for adults and £1 for children.
 
England’s head coach Steve Cooper said: “This will be the first time this group will have played for us in England outside of St. George’s Park, and that stadium environment is so important in their long-term development and experiencing playing in front of big crowds.
 
“We’re proud to be playing in different stadiums in the country and showing supporters what this team is about. We had some excellent crowds when we hosted last summer’s Euros and I really hope supporters come out to these games as it’s such a boost for the players and really helps benefit their development.”
 
If you would be interested in bringing a group and having a reserved block of seats for the match, please email community@chesterfc.com to request an order form or call 01244 371376.

The ever-popular Chester FC Soccer Schools are back for October half-term and bookings are now being taken.
 

 
The courses offer an action-packed programme of coaching, games, competitions and tournaments in a fun and safe environment.
 
The four-day course will be at The Cheshire County Sports Club from Monday 29th October until Thursday 1st November on their fantastic 3G pitch.
 
It is open to boys and girls of all abilities aged 6-14 and each day runs from 10am until 4pm with an optional early drop off available from 9am.
 
Prices start from £12.50 per day with discounts when booking multiple days.
 
Children will need a packed lunch, snacks, lots of drinks as well as suitable footwear, shin pads and appropriate clothing.
 
Youngsters can perfect their skills and develop new techniques through drills, games and tournaments with FA qualified coaches – and will have opportunities to meet members of the Blues’ first-team squad. All participants will receive a certificate and the chance to win trophies and medals.
 
Online booking is available through Eventbrite (additional booking fee applies) at community.chesterfc.com/book-online.
 
To book or for more information, contact Chester FC Community Trust on 07872 461654 or email community@chesterfc.com.

Talented young female footballers can now sign up to be part of the relaunched Chester FC Girls Player Development Centre.
 

 
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.
 
This season’s new-look Girls PDC will operate 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
 
U16s
The Cheshire County Sports Club, Mannings Lane, Chester, CH2 4EU
Thursdays 6.45pm – 7.45pm
 
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.

Applications are now open for this season’s Chester FC Player Development Centre programme for U6s to U12s.
 

 
Designed to support young footballers in helping them reach their potential, the PDC provides advanced 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.
 
The programme runs for 12 weeks from September to December 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.

Chester FC Community Trust is seeking additional trustees to further strengthen our Board and help deliver our mission.
 

 
The Trust is inviting applications from individuals with the enthusiasm and experience to complement the skills of the existing Board and contribute to the continued growth and success of the Trust.
 
We are particularly keen to hear from individuals with experience in the charitable, health or education sectors to expand the current range of Trustee skills.
 
New trustees will share our passion for creating opportunities and making a real difference in our communities.
 
As a trustee, you will be expected to attend bi-monthly meetings and contribute to setting the strategic direction of the Trust and overseeing the Trust’s effective management.
 
The Trust values diversity and welcomes applications from all parts of our community, particularly from under-represented groups including females, under 50s, disabled and people from BAME communities. There is no need to have trustee experience to apply.
 
Please note the role of trustee is voluntary, however reasonable expenses can be reimbursed in line with the Trust’s expenses policy.
 
About Chester FC Community Trust
 
Chester FC Community Trust is the club community organisation of Chester Football Club. It was established in 2012 and its work covers four themes of coaching, education, inclusion and health.
 
Our mission is to use the power of sport and appeal of Chester FC to improve and enhance the lives of people living in Chester and the surrounding areas.
 
The Trust is a registered charity and delivers high quality football and sport opportunities, education programmes, social inclusion provision, and health and well-being projects to people of all ages and abilities.
 
The Board comprises the Chair and six other appointed trustees who control the charity, its property and funds. The Board normally meets bi-monthly with additional deliberations conducted via email as required.
 
The Trust has a small but valued team of staff consisting of full and part time employees, casual coaches and volunteers.
 
How to apply
 
To request an application pack or for further information about the role, please contact Chief Executive Jim Green via jim.green@chesterfc.com or on 01244 371376.
 
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 28th September 2018.

Chester FC Mini Kickers returns for the new season in September with spaces available for children aged 3-7 to join these fun football sessions.
 

 
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 activities and games with Chester FC Community Trust coaches designed to develop football specific skills and fundamental movements while helping to develop important life skills and values such as communication, teamwork and respect.
 
Mini Kickers 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 fees or advance payments, however new starters are asked to arrive 15 minutes before the start time to register.
 
Mini Kickers restarts on Sunday 9th September and sessions run during term-time only. For further details or to pre-book places, email community@chesterfc.com or contact 07512 355396.

A new publication promoting the work of Chester FC Community Trust along with the news and information from Chester FC has been launched.
 

 
Blues Briefing is a tabloid-style newsletter that will be distributed free across Chester, Cheshire West and Deeside to raise awareness of the club’s charitable trust and improve engagement with supporters and the wider community.
 
The first issue is out now with 10,000 copies ready to be given to shops, businesses, leisure facilities and community venues, as well as being delivered door-to-door in some areas.
 
The Community Trust, which delivers a range of initiatives under the themes of coaching, education, health and inclusion, hopes to publish Blues Briefing every three to four months with local companies able to support its distribution through advertising.
 
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “The launch of Blues Briefing is an exciting step forward as we look to raise our profile as a charity and the impact our work has on the local community.
 
“As a supporter-owned club, Chester FC is about so much more than what happens on the football pitch and Blues Briefing will help us to illustrate that.
 
“We want to reach out to people who might not be familiar with Chester FC or the Community Trust and hopefully inspire them to become part of our journey.”
 
You can download a digital version of issue one of Blues Briefing now here.
 
Businesses and premises who wish to receive copies of Blues Briefing for customers and visitors can email community@chesterfc.com to arrange distribution.
 
Supporters interested in becoming part of the team of volunteer distributors to deliver Blues Briefing in their area can contact the club on 01244 371376 or email community@chesterfc.com.
 
Companies who would like to know more about opportunities to advertise in future issues of Blues Briefing can contact Jim Green on 01244 371376 or email jim.green@chesterfc.com.