Author: Jim Green

Chester FC Community Trust will be resuming delivery of community activities from Monday 29 March as part of the next step of the Government’s roadmap out of national lockdown.

With organised outdoor sport permitted from this date, we are looking forward to providing a safe return to play for our participants in adherence with the latest guidance from The FA and Government.

Chester FC PAN-Disability Football will restart at Goals Soccer Centre on Tuesday 30 March.

Chester FC Mental Health & Wellbeing Football will restart at Goals Soccer Centre on Thursday 1 April and at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Tuesday 13 April.

Chester FC Walking Football will restart at Goals Soccer Centre on Wednesday 31 March.

Chester FC Goalkeeping Academy will restart at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Wednesday 31 March.

Further updates regarding the restart of other sessions will be released over the next few days.

Chester FC Community Trust is committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of everyone who attends our sessions. All activities will be planned and delivered in line with the latest Government and FA guidance with additional measures and procedures in place for your safety. This includes collecting and storing the names and contact information of participants for NHS Test and Trace purposes.

For more information about any of our sessions or to register contact 07512 355396 or email community@chesterfc.com.

Chester FC and Chester FC Community Trust want to help ensure everyone can enjoy a chocolate treat this Easter.

The Chester FC Easter Egg Appeal aims to distribute 500 Easter Eggs to local children, families and older people who are struggling financially or emotionally due to the effects of Covid-19.

We hope you will consider lending your support to help us put a smile on the faces of those who are finding things difficult this Easter.

You can donate chocolate eggs by dropping them off at the Deva Stadium ticket office from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th March between 12pm and 2pm

If you would rather make a small donation to enable the Community Trust to purchase an egg on your behalf, you can do so through Just Giving below:

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

The cut off for donations is Friday 26th March and the Community Trust will then distribute the Easter Eggs to local schools, care homes, charities and community projects.

For more information about the Chester FC Easter Egg Appeal, email community@chesterfc.com.

Chester FC Community Trust is seeking two new apprentices to join our team.

The Level 2 Community Activator Coach apprenticeships will offer aspiring coaches the opportunity to achieve recognised qualifications and gain workplace skills and experience while receiving a weekly salary.

As an apprentice with Chester FC Community Trust, you will assist in the delivery of a range of sport and community programmes including schools coaching and holiday courses. You will also support the planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects.

You will complete FA coaching certificates and undertake a bespoke training programme with our partners Sport Structures that includes the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting the Learning in PE and School Sport.

The successful candidate will have a passion for sport and exercise, GCSE Grade 4 in PE or Level 2 sport qualification, GCSE Grade 4 or above in English and Maths, and be flexible as the role will involve evening and weekend activities.

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you will have the skills, qualifications and experience to apply for permanent employment with Chester FC Community Trust or within the sports industry.

To find out more details about these apprenticeships, click the link below or contact Jim Green via jim.green@chesterfc.com or call 07512 355396.

Level 2 Community Activator Coach

The closing date for applications is 31st March 2021.

Chester FC Community Trust is pleased to confirm we will be running a Chester FC Soccer School during Easter half-term at the Deva Stadium.

Offering high quality, safe holiday provision for parents and guardians, the Chester FC Soccer School will be delivered in line with Government and FA guidance to ensure the health and wellbeing of attendees with Covid-secure safety measures in place.

The Soccer School will run from 10am to 3pm from Tuesday 6th to Friday 16th April and each day youngsters will take part in a range of activities with Community Trust coaches at the Deva Stadium.

Places cost £15 per day or £60 for five days. Advance booking is essential and places are strictly limited. The measures in place will include the use of bubbles, temperature checks, regular hand washing and sanitizing, disinfecting of equipment and PPE.

Jim Green, CEO of the Community Trust, said: “We are very much looking forward to giving children the opportunity to get back on the pitch and enjoying football.

“The Deva Stadium works brilliantly as a venue and we grateful to Chester FC for offering us use of the stadium again as we know how much youngsters enjoyed playing on the pitch. The safety of everyone attending is our highest priority and we are confident the measures and procedures we will have in place will ensure children have a fun and safe experience.”

A list of Frequently Asked Questions relating to the Chester FC Soccer School can be accessed here.

Bookings are now open and can be made via Eventbrite here. Places for each session are limited and early booking is encouraged. If for any reason the event is unable to go ahead or you cannot attend, you will receive a full refund.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact 07512 355396 or email community@chesterfc.com.

Chester FC Community Trust welcomes the Government’s announcement of its roadmap out of the current national lockdown.

While recognising the need the caution and the importance of ensuring everyone continues to follow the guidance to protect themselves and others, the four-step plan provides hope of a return to a more normal way of life for us all.

The Community Trust is now developing plans to resume delivery of face-to-face activities over the coming weeks and months, and we look forward to welcoming back participants as restrictions are eased.

With schools reopening to all pupils from 8th March, we will be offering support to children and teachers through the delivery of high quality PE, sport and extra-curricular clubs. If your school would like to access this support or find out more information, please email ben.richards@chesterfc.com.

The welcome return of outdoor organised sport from 29th March will allow us to resume delivery of face-to-face sessions, including Walking Football, Mental Health & Wellbeing Football, Goalkeeper Academy, PAN-Disability Football, Development Centres and Mini Kickers. We are also pleased to confirm we will be our popular Chester FC Soccer School will run during the Easter holidays at the Deva Stadium.

In addition, we will be introducing additional programmes and activities over the next few months to help our community’s recovery from COVID-19.

We remain committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of everyone who attends our sessions, and all activities will continue to be planned and delivered in line with current Government and FA guidance

The last 12 months have been incredibly challenging for our community but we can now look to the future with optimism and hope of a return to better days.

For more information about any of our programmes contact 07512 355396 or email community@chesterfc.com.

With no Chester FC Soccer School this half-term due to the national lockdown, Chester FC Community Trust is keen to play its part in helping young footballers keep active at home.

Chester FC Soccer School @ Home is a great opportunity to test your skills and take on quick, simple challenges set by Community Trust coaches, Ben and Kalvin.

A series of short videos will be posted online on Twitter and Facebook during the holidays with youngsters encouraged to take part at home and ask an adult to capture them completing each activity before sharing the photographs or video clip on social media.

All videos can be accessed free of charge and can be completed with a football and four cones or household objects that can be used as markers.

Jim Green, CEO of the Community Trust, said: “We are really missing our Soccer School participants this half-term and the coaches hope these drills and activities will encourage you to keep playing football.

“They are easy to set up with minimal equipment required and can be completed in the garden or indoors, but make sure you ask an adult first and give yourself plenty of space to avoid any mishaps. We would love to see your skills in action so please ask someone to film you and share your videos with us on Twitter or Facebook.

“We have already started planning our Soccer School for the Easter holidays and we are looking forward to seeing you all again as soon as restrictions allow.”

You can access the Soccer School @ Home videos free through the Community Trust’s Twitter and Facebook profiles.

Chester FC Community Trust’s plans to create a new community sports hub in Blacon took a significant step forward today after the Westminster Foundation announced a major grant to support the initiative.

The Westminster Foundation, led by the Duke of Westminster, will commit £520,000 over the next five years to the King George V Sports Hub project, following approval of plans for the site by the Council’s planning committee at the end of last year.

The £1.6m regeneration project is being driven forward by Chester FC Community Trust and Chester West and Cheshire Council. The initiative will breathe new life into the site and enable the Community Trust to deliver a range of community projects for people of all ages and abilities. It will provide a first-class sports facility for the next generation, as well as providing education, training and employment opportunities.

Before lockdown in October 2020, the Duke of Westminster visited a Community Trust football holiday camp for 5-15 year olds at Chester FC’s Deva Stadium to hear more about the project. That followed an earlier visit in September to the site in Blacon where the new sports hub will be based.

The Duke of Westminster, Chair of the Westminster Foundation said: “This is a fantastic initiative that will bring so many benefits to children and young people in the community across all age ranges. When we’re not in lockdown and you see the sheer joy on the children’s faces taking part in activities like the holiday camp, you instantly understand the importance that team sport has on their happiness and development. And for the older group, the opportunities to access further training and earn BTEC qualifications are very welcome, especially at such a challenging time.

“I’d like to thank everyone behind this project at Chester FC Community Trust for their vision and determination to see it succeed. It simply wouldn’t be happening if it wasn’t for them. Their passion to support children and young people is inspiring and everyone at the Westminster Foundation is very proud to support them.”

Jim Green, Chief Executive at Chester FC Community Trust commented: “We are thrilled The Duke of Westminster is supporting this project and greatly appreciative of the enthusiasm and understanding he has shown for the many benefits it will have for Blacon and sport in Chester.

“This will be a place where sport’s ability to transform lives, help young people fulfil their potential and create stronger, healthier communities will be brought to life, and this grant includes a significant contribution to the costs of building the sports hub and funding over the next five years to design and deliver projects that engage and improve local communities.

“The Westminster Foundation’s passion for creating opportunities and supporting communities is shared by the Community Trust and we look forward to strengthening this partnership in the years to come.”

King George V Playing Fields is a prominent site in the community which has historically been well used for team sports and recreation, however a lack of investment and maintenance has seen the pitches deteriorate into a poor condition. The project will turn derelict sports fields into a new 3G floodlit pitch and improved grass pitches to host a wide variety of football activities, including mental health and wellbeing football, disability football, walking football and development sessions for young boys and girls.

A refurbished Clubhouse will also act as a flexible community space for meetings and training including a new post-16 education provision helping young people gain a BTEC Sport qualification, FA coaching awards and practical experience to create a pathway to higher education and employment.

Chester FC Community Trust is supporting children who are home learning with free Chester FC themed resources and digital activities.

The curriculum-linked resources aim to provide children and families with fun, engaging activities to continue learning while schools remain closed for most pupils.

We will be adding more resources, challenges and content regularly to support children’s learning and we encourage you to share your work with us on social media. Just tag @CFC_CommTrust on Twitter or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/CFCCommunityTrust.

Interactive session with George Glendon

Chester FC captain George Glendon is taking part in an interactive home learning session on Zoom at 11am on Thursday 14th January.

George will talk about life as a footballer and his career so far with children having the opportunity to ask him questions to help them complete a Player Profile activity.

To register for this session, email community@chesterfc.com and download the Player Profile worksheet here.

Literacy

Transfer Target

Word Maker

Find the Answers

How to take a Corner

Reading Comprehension

Numeracy

Pre-Match Meal

Hours and Minutes

Brain Teaser

Player Card

Season Stats

If you have any questions about the resources or need additional support, please email community@chesterfc.com.

Chester FC Community Trust is supporting the coordinated community response to the Covid-19 pandemic and we urge everyone to play their part in keeping our communities safe.

The Community Trust will be promoting key messages and sharing important information on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Council to help control the spread of coronavirus.

NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

With cases increasing rapidly across the country, a new national lockdown was put in place on 5th January. Cheshire West and Chester Council is urging everyone in the borough to follow the restrictions and stay at home. Find out what you can and can’t do.

VACCINATIONS

Covid-19 vaccinations continue to be rolled out to people most at risk. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccination so it’s important not to contact it for a vaccination before then. Full details about Covid-19 vaccinations.

HELPLINE

The Council’s dedicated helpline is still available to support vulnerable groups at higher risk from Covid-19. This is available from 8am to 7pm on a Monday to Friday, as well as 9am to 12.30pm on a Saturday. Telephone 0300 123 7031.

TESTING

Local testing sites are available to anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19, including a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste. Testing sites in our borough are appointment only. New test appointments are released throughout the day, so – if a test is not available – try again a couple of hours later. To book a test, visit the national portal.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

NHS: Coronavirus information and advice

NHS 111 Online: Check if you have coronavirus symptoms

Government: Coronavirus response and guidance

Public Health England: Social distancing guidance

HOME LEARNING

Chester FC Community Trust: Key Stage 1 Education Pack 1

Chester FC Community Trust: Key Stage 1 Education Pack 2

Chester FC Community Trust: Key Stage 2 Education Pack 1

Chester FC Community Trust: Key Stage 2 Education Pack 2

Premier League Primary Stars: Free resources and challenges

BBC Teach: Free daily lessons for homeschooling

BBC Super Movers: Fun resources to get children moving while they learn

KEEPING ACTIVE

The Body Coach: PE with Joe workouts for children

Sport England: Tips, advice and guidance on how to get active at home

The FA: Football related ideas and activities to try at home

SUPPORT SERVICES

Age UK Cheshire: Advice and support for older people

Chapter: Mental health support and advice

MoneyPenny: Money advice service

Open the Door: Advice and support for domestic abuse concerns

Snow Angels: Befriending service and practical support for older people

West Cheshire Foodbank: Emergency food packs for those in crisis

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of further national lockdown this week, Chester FC Community Trust has now suspended delivery of its activities until restrictions have been lifted.

Although we are unable to deliver sessions and programmes, the Community Trust is committed to continuing to be there for our participants, the Chester FC family and our community in what are challenging and difficult times.

If you or someone you know needs a helping hand, practical support or is feeling isolated, please contact us through community@chesterfc.com or 07512 355396. Whether it is shopping for essentials, collecting prescriptions or a friendly chat over the phone or at the garden gate, we can help.

We will also continue to offer support with PE and sport to schools for children of key workers and vulnerable pupils as well as producing new home learning resources to support families and children who are not able to attend school. If your school would like to access this free support, please email community@chesterfc.com.

The events of 2020 demonstrated the tremendous community spirit that exists in Chester and we have total confidence that our city will again come together to provide support and help those who need it.

We look forward to returning to the things we love as soon as possible but until then please keep safe, stay positive and continue to follow NHS and Government advice.