Author: Jim Green

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.

Chester FC Community Trust is seeking an enthusiastic and talented sports coach to join our 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 NGB Level 2 qualification. 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 jim.green@chesterfc.com.

Chester MP Chris Matheson has pledged his support for plans for a new community sports hub in the city.
 

 
The Labour MP is backing Chester FC Community Trust’s proposed £1.6 million King George V Sports Hub in Blacon.
 
The exciting scheme will transform underused playing fields to create a thriving sports hub including a floodlit 3G pitch, improved grass pitches and new clubhouse with changing rooms and community facilities, subject to planning.
 
Grassroots clubs and leagues will be able to use the new facilities while the proposals will deliver wider community benefits too, including improved health and wellbeing and new employment and education opportunities.
 
Mr Matheson said: “I have supported this project from the moment I first about it, and I want to pay tribute to the team that has worked so hard to make it a reality.
 
“This project isn’t just about building some brilliant new sports facilities, it’s about a legacy that will shape the future of football in our city, in our community and at our club.”
 
The Community Trust is working with Cheshire West & Chester Council to develop the sports hub with the charity aiming 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: “We are delighted to have the support of our MP and are grateful for his help in bringing the scheme forward.
 
“We have had a number of meetings with Mr Matheson since the start of the project and his insight and encouragement has been invaluable. He understands the challenges facing local sport and the importance of his project both for the football club and the Chester community.”
 
Donations to the project can be made at www.justgiving.com/campaign/kgvsportshub and a new dedicated website has been launched at www.kgvsportshub.co.uk.
 
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.

Chester FC Community Trust has received a grant to continue its work using football to help improve male mental health and wellbeing.
 

 
Toyota Manufacturing UK Charitable Trust has awarded the charity £3,000 to extend its award-winning project, which is run in partnership with ForFutures.
 
The Community Trust runs weekly football training sessions for participants at risk of, or living with, mental health conditions.
 
Participants also have the opportunity to represent Chester FC in the Cheshire Ability Counts Football League.
 
The sessions provide a safe and welcoming setting in which men can play sport, make new friends and seek advice or access support without stigma.
 
The project helps to tackle social isolation and contributes to improved physical and mental health and wellbeing, providing a sense of belonging, increased self-esteem and reducing the risk of depression.
 
Jim Green, Chief Executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “We are so grateful to Toyota Manufacturing UK Charitable Trust for supporting this project.
 
“The sessions have proven very popular and have a far reaching impact on participants’ lives. They have become part of a team and created their own support network, which is helping them move forwards in their lives.
 
“This grant will enable us to provide additional sessions and supporting activities to engage with more men and deliver even greater outcomes for participants.”
 
Jim Crosbie, Trustee for the Charitable Trust, and Deputy Managing Director at Toyota Manufacturing UK commented “it is an honour and a privilege to be able to support local people working in fantastic organisations doing so much good work and making a difference in our local areas.”

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.