Author: Jim Green

Chester FC Community Trust is looking for experienced and enthusiastic football and sport coaches join our growing team.

Successful candidates need to be able to plan and deliver high quality coaching sessions to a diverse range of participants as part of our schools, holiday and football development programmes.

You will be committed, professional and share our charity’s passions for football, sport and the community.

Candidates should have have a minimum FA Level 1 in Coaching Football certificate with valid first aid and safeguarding certificates. Experience working within children and young people would be an advantage.

Hours available include daytime, evening and weekend work based on need and availability. These are casual roles and require travel to venues across Chester and Ellesmere Port so being flexible and having access to your own transport is essential.

In return we offer a competitive salary, Chester FC Community Trust staff kit and the opportunity to progress your coaching career within a successful club community organisation.

This post is subject to enhanced DBS check, references and completion of a probationary period.

About Us

Chester FC Community Trust uses the power of sport and appeal of Chester FC to improve and enhance the lives of people living in Chester and the surrounding areas. We deliver projects across four themes of coaching, education, social inclusion and health to people of all ages and abilities. We aim to engage and involve the whole community and work with partners who share our vision for a cohesive and inclusive future.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please send a CV and covering letter to Chief Executive Jim Green at jim.green@chesterfc.com.

Chester FC Community Trust invites you to support the Young Lions with a special ticket and travel package as England Under-21s face Andorra.

The package includes return coach travel from Chester and your ticket for the match at Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium on Thursday, March 26 (kick-off 7.45pm).

The coach will be departing from the 1885 Arena on Bumpers Lane at approximately 5pm and returning following the game.

Tickets, which include coach travel, are £18 for adults, £15 for concessions (over 65s) and £12 for under 18s.

The Andorra match is part of a double-header of home UEFA European U21 Championship qualifiers for Aidy Boothroyd’s side.

England sit top of qualifying Group 3 with four wins in four matches, as they work to reach next summer’s tournament which is being staged in Hungary and Slovenia.

This is a fantastic opportunity to watch the next generation of England stars in action with exciting talents Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden among those likely to feature.

Places for ticket and travel package are limited and must be booked in advance through Eventbrite here

For questions or further details please call 01244 371376 or email community@chesterfc.com.

The Premier League is once again using the appeal of football to inspire primary school children across England and Wales to pen a poem, this time on the theme of ambition.

This year the Premier League want pupils to write poems based on the theme of ambition, using inspiration from the poem Beautiful Ambition by Karl Nova. The poem and subject encourage pupils to think about their ambitious through potery.

Chester FC Community Trust is able to support schools with entering this year’s competition and can deliver free workshops to help pupils with their entries.

There are lots of prizes to be won including the opportunity for the Premier League Trophy to visit your school, as well as an exclusive poetry workshop delivered by a leading children’s author or poet. The winning poems will be featured in an illustrated book of Premier League Writing Stars poems.

If you want to get your primary school involved in this year’s competition about ambition, here’s how:

Head to the competition page to find out more about the competition and how to submit your school’s entries.

Download a competition pack for Key Stage 1 or for Key Stage 2 and get writing!

Schools have until 20 March 2020 to submit their entries, with the first 500 schools to enter earning themselves a fantastic poetry book bag.

The ever popular Chester FC Soccer School is back for February half-term with bookings now being taken.

Chester FC Community Trust is running the holiday sessions at Goals Soccer Centre from 10am to 4pm on Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th February.

The camp is open to boys and girls of all abilities aged 6-14 and will feature coaching, drills, games and tournaments with FA qualified coaches.

The camp costs £12.50 per day or just £40 for all four days days. An optional 9am early drop-off is available for £2.50 per day. Online booking is available through Eventbrite (additional booking fee applies) at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chester-fc-soccer-school-february-tickets-91598502587.

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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chester-fc-soccer-school-february-tickets-91598502587.

Chester FC and Chester FC Community Trust are pleased to confirm this year’s Junior Blues Takeover Day will take place at the home game against Blyth Spartans on Saturday 8th February.

Last season’s event was a huge success with some of our young supporters having the chance to work alongside club staff and volunteers and perform key matchday duties.

From media officer to groundsman, and stadium announcer to director for the day, Junior Blues can take on a wide range of roles and gain an insight into what happens behinds the scenes at the 1885 Arena on a matchday.

Jeff Banks, Chester FC director of Fan Engagement, said: “We’re once again looking forward to the Junior Blues Takeover Day, which was one of the first matchday themes listed for this season. I’m in no doubt that the youngsters will again show us all how it’s done and it always creates a great vibe around the ground on what is a special day for all involved. It’s also a great chance for the Junior Blues to learn about the behind the scenes roles that they could one day end up fulfilling here in the future at Chester FC.”

Jim Green, CEO of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “Junior Blues Takeover Day is always a great event and a truly memorable day for young fans. We are amazed at the passion, maturity and skill the Junior Blues demonstrate on the day and hopefully the experience will inspire them to consider becoming volunteer themselves in future years.”

Junior Blues members wishing to take part should email community@chesterfc.com with their name, age, contact datils and the job roles they are interested in.

Available Roles

Management Team

Community Trust Mascot Co-Ordinator

Media Team

Match Photographer

Groundsman

Chairman or Director (includes Boardroom Duty)

Stadium Announcer

Commercial Matchday Team

Seals Live (Matchday Summariser)

Matchday Ticket Office

Stadium Safety Team

Due to anticipated levels of demand for this event, we encourage Junior Blues members aged 8-14 to apply for multiple roles to avoid disappointment.

The closing date for applications is Friday 31st January.

Chester FC Community Trust has an exciting opportunity available for young people who want to become qualified football coaches.

If you are aged 16-24 and share our passion for the game, we would like to hear from you and help start your coaching journey.

As a volunteer coach, you will receive funding to complete the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course and a programme of support and training, including mentoring from a Chester FC Community Trust staff member.

In return, you will work alongside our team of coaches at a range of community football sessions during evenings and weekends, and be expected to volunteer 100 hours with the chance to earn Chester FC kit as you complete your volunteering log.

Volunteering with Community Trust will allow you to gain valuable experience and learn new skills to enhance your CV, build your confidence, meet new people and make a difference in your community.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate an enthusiasm for football and coaching but do not need any formal qualifications or previous experience. You will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check and complete first aid and safeguarding certificates.

These new roles have been made possible thanks to support from the Comic Relief Community Fund.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for this role, please submit a personal statement of no more than 200 words to Chief Executive Jim Green via jim.green@chesterfc.com.

Please include details of your background, current experience, reasons for wanting to volunteer and your future aspirations.

Chester FC Community Trust is launching a new football education programme for 16-18-year-olds who want to turn their passion for sport into a career.

Leading sports education provider SCL Education & Training has partnered with the charity to offer a two-year full-time course from September 2020.

Students will gain a BTEC Diploma in Sport alongside a football development programme offering them daily training, competitive fixtures and the chance to complete FA coaching qualifications.

The course compliments the club’s current academy scholarship programme and is aimed at young people with desire to pursue a career in sport or progress to university and will equip them with the skills, knowledge and experience to move into employment or further study.

Combining classroom and digital learning with high quality coaching, competitive football and guidance on fitness and nutrition, the innovative programme will help the students reach their full potential on and off the pitch.

The course will be based at King George V Sports Hub in Blacon with new teaching and sporting facilities on one site as part of the exciting scheme, which is being developed in partnership between Cheshire West and Chester Council and Chester FC Community Trust.

“We are thrilled to have partnered with SCL to offer this fantastic new programme to young people in our community,” said Jim Green, CEO of Chester FC Community Trust.

“Students combine their passion for football with a full-time education and development programme and will benefit from an outstanding teaching and learning experience, which will push them to achieve their best.

“The career opportunities available within football and the sports industry are hugely exciting now, including coaching, performance analysis, sports science, physiotherapy and many more. This programme will give students the underpinning knowledge and skills to take the next step.

“Alongside their education, students will be part of a high quality coaching programme to aid their development as footballers featuring daily training and competitive matches at the new sports hub as well as detailed guidance from an experienced, knowledgeable team with links to professional and semi-professional clubs and USA scholarships.”

SCL is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of education through sport and works in partnership with more than 70 sports clubs, foundations and community trusts including Leeds United and West Ham United Foundation.

Chester FC Community Trust will be hosting a series of recruitment events and trials for prospective students in preparation for the 2020/21 academic year.

To find out more about the Chester FC Football Education Programme can visit www.wearescl.co.uk/chester-fc or email community@chesterfc.com.

The annual Junior Blues Festive Funday takes place at Chester FC on Monday 30th December from 10am to 2pm.

The event is free to attend for Junior Blues members with lots of festive fun planned for all ages including football with Chester FC Community Trust coaches, 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.

Parents can drop children off at the Blues Bar for 10am and collect them at 2pm following the party. Adults with younger children are welcome to stay with them for the party.

Places are limited and can be booked now via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/junior-blues-festive-funday-tickets-85474547673.

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

Chester FC Community Trust is running a special festive Chester FC Soccer School during the Christmas holidays.

The two-day course is being held at Goals Soccer Centre on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd January between 10am and 4pm.

The camp is open to boys and girls of all abilities aged 6-14 and will feature coaching, drills, games and tournaments with FA qualified coaches.

The camp costs £12.50 per day or just £20 for both days. An optional 9am early drop-off is available for £2.50 per day. 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 and Chester FC Community Trust are asking supporters to donate to the West Cheshire Foodbank this festive period.

The club will be collecting items at the upcoming home games with Bradford Park Avenue on 30th November and AFC Telford United on 21st December to help those people in our community who are in crisis.

Donations can be dropped off at the Deva Stadium ticket office prior to each match or between 10am and 4pm on weekdays.

Donated items will then be delivered to West Cheshire Foodbank to help feed local families and individuals in need.

West Cheshire Foodbank has provided the following list of items it needs most this Christmas: UHT milk, UHT juice, cereal, tinned potatoes, coffee (100g), biscuits, tinned custard, pasta sauce, curry sauce, jams, cup soups, instant mash, toilet rolls and toiletries.

The following items are also required: tinned vegetables, tinned tomatoes, Pot Noodles, tinned fruit, spreads, rice pudding and Christmas pudding (no alcohol content).

For further information or to arrange making a donation to the club’s collection outside of the times listed above email community@chesterfc.com.