Author: Jim Green

Chester FC Community Trust is offering free adult learning courses for people who are unemployed or on a low income to gain new skills, achieve qualifications and increase their employability.

 

If you are interested in a career in the fitness industry or in customer service and administration, these free courses are designed to help develop a range of skills and prepare you to enter the workplace.

 

The courses are delivered at the Deva Stadium, home of Chester FC, in partnership with Mitre Group and learners will be awarded an accredited qualification upon completion.

 

The following courses are available:

 

Business, Administration and Customer Service
Monday 11th November to Friday 15th November (10am to 4pm)
AIM Award Level 1 Certificate Skills for Working in Business Administration and Customer Service

 

Fitness and Physical Activity
Monday 18th November to Friday 22nd November (10am to 4pm)
Active IQ Level 1 Certificate in Fitness and Physical Activity

 

Jim Green, CEO of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “This is a great opportunity for individuals seeking work or wanting to enhance their CV to develop employability skills, achieve an accredited qualification and prepare for the workplace.

 

“Being unemployed can impact your confidence and leave you feeling isolated, and we hope these courses offered with Mitre Group will help to address this and help people feel better prepared for work.”

 

To be eligible for the free funded training, you must be aged 19 or over and either be unemployed or have an annual income below £16,009.50.

 

For an informal chat and more details contact Judy McConnel on 07795 383152 or email judy.mcconnel@mitregroup.co.uk.

Chester FC Community Trust is seeking enthusiastic and talented sports coaches 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 FA Level 2 in Coaching Football certificate and another NGB recognised coaching 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 both curricular and extra-curricular, 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 FC Mini Kickers is taking a short break from this week due to a combination of the Northgate Arena sports hall being unavailable and half-term.
 
Parents and carers are advised that as a result there are no sessions on the following dates: October 13, 20 & 27 and November 3 & 10.
 
Mini Kickers will resume on November 17 and continue each week until December 15, with the exception of December 8 as the sports hall is not available on this date.
 
Following the session on December 15, Mini Kickers will break for Christmas and resume in 2020 on January 12.
 
Chester FC Mini Kickers gives young children the opportunity to learn and develop their footballing skills in a fun, safe environment.
 
For more details, visit http://community.chesterfc.com/programmes/coaching/mini-kickers/.

A spooktacular evening of Halloween fun for Junior Blues!

Junior Blues are invited to a Halloween Party at Chester FC on Thursday 31st October from 5pm to 7pm. There will be lots of tricks and treats as well as prizes for the best fancy dress.

The party starts at 5pm and runs for two hours with Chester FC Community Trust coaches and volunteers leading the fun anc activities. Parents are welcome to stay for the party or can sign children in on arrival to be collected at the end.

Tickets are priced at just £3 per child and can be purchased online via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/junior-blues-halloween-party-tickets-76409086635.

The party is exclusive to Junior Blues members. If you are not a member but would like to attend the party please email community@chesterfc.com or call 01244 371376 to sign up for your FREE membership.

Chester FC Community Trust is launching its new PAN-Disability Football sessions for youngsters aged between 7 and 16 next week.

The inclusive sessions will allow young people with learning, physical or sensory disabilities to play football, develop their skills and make friends in a fun, safe environment with FA qualified coaches.

The Community Trust is aiming to create two new teams for U16s boys and U16s girls to represent Chester FC in the Cheshire Ability Counts League.

Sessions will take place weekly on Tuesdays from 5pm to 6pm at Goals Soccer Centre, beginning on Tuesday 8th October. The cost is £4 per week with the first session free for new players.

Jim Green, CEO of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “We are pleased to be increasing the opportunities for youngsters with a disability who have a passion for football to play the game.

“The sessions will help to improve young people’s skills, increase their confidence and to support them in reaching their potential. We would encourage anyone interested in taking part in the sessions to contact us.”

The new sessions have been made possible thanks to a grant through the Grow the Game scheme, which is funded by The Football Association and delivered by the Football Foundation.

If you would like to make a donation to the Community Trust to help towards the costs of its disability football sessions, you can do so at www.justgiving.com/chesterfc-communitytrust.

For more details about the PAN-Disability sessions, contact 07512 355396 or email community@chesterfc.com.

Leading drug and alcohol charity WDP and Chester FC are teaming up to give people who access substance misuse services the chance to obtain tickets for home matches at the Deva Stadium.
 
This opportunity will be available through the Capital Card, a ground-breaking and award-winning reward card scheme which empowers WDP’s service users and helps them to bolster their recovery journey.
 
The WDP Capital Card rewards service user engagement through a simple earn-spend points system. They can earn points by attending appointments or engaging in treatment interventions, and then spend their points on fun activities in their local community, such as the cinema or gym.
 
From September 2019, Capital Card users in Cheshire West and Chester will be able to exchange their hard-earned points to attend Chester FC home games.
 
Chester FC is donating 20 tickets to each game as part of this pilot scheme and service users can ‘pay’ for these tickets with 30 of their Capital Card points.
 
Yasmin Batliwala, Chair of WDP, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Chester Football Club to give our service users such a fantastic opportunity. I welcome Chester Football Club into the Capital Card Spend Partner family and thank them for this extremely generous contribution. It will have a big impact on our service users in Cheshire West and Chester. I hope that we can continue to build on this pilot and work together to benefit not only our service users but also their local communities.”
 
Jim Green, Chief Executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “Chester FC is an inclusive, community club and we hope this new partnership with WDP will make a positive contribution to service users and their recovery. We are proud to be a spend partner for the Capital Card in Cheshire West and Chester and look forward to welcoming service users to a game this season.”

The popular Chester FC Soccer School returns for October half-term with bookings now being taken.
 
Chester FC Community Trust is hosting a four-day course at Blacon High School from Monday 28th to Thursday 31st October.
 
Each day runs from 10am until 4pm each day and features coaching drills, games and tournaments with FA qualified coaches.
 
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 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.