Archives for January 2017

Healthy Eagles unleashes the power of PE in Sutton’s schools


Premier League legend Mark Bright is supporting a Crystal Palace FC Foundation scheme, using the power of PE to transform children’s lives.

The Healthy Eagles programme, run in partnership with Sutton Council, is aimed at inactive or less confident children who find it difficult to take part in PE lessons or go to a sports club. It nurtures children with behavioural issues, teaching them about healthy lifestyles and inspiring them to improve attainment through sport.

Bright, who is Crystal Palace’s director of U21 Development, joined the CPFC Foundation at Bandon Hill Primary School in Sutton to get first-hand experience of its Healthy Eagles programme.

He said: “It’s important to get out there, spread the word, get the tracksuits into the schools and just make sure the kids are having fun and stay fit. Your health is your wealth”.

Bright was joined at the event by two members of the Palace Ladies team, Northern Ireland international, Pam McRoberts, and Mary Robinson, a GP, who praised the scheme for educating children to make the right decisions about healthy eating.


Paul Mitchell, PE & School Sport Manager at CPFC Foundation said: “The Healthy Eagles project is an important part of our Premier League Primary Stars programme. We have a successful partnership with Sutton Council, working with hundreds of children and their families. We’re reaching less confident and inactive children across the borough and are seeing great results.”

The programme engages the whole family, helping children improve their health and attitude towards exercise, developing a sporting habit for life. Healthy Eagles runs with funding support from Sutton Council and engages with around 250 young people and their families a year.


Lisa Bianchi, from Wallington, whose 10-year-old son Corin is taking part in the programme, said it was having a very positive impact: “They are doing a fantastic job with the children, I worry about the young spending too much time in front of computers and this programme is good for confidence building. It’s fun and the children are learning without knowing it”.

Lindy Sills, Assistant Head Teacher of Bandon Hill Primary School, said: “I’ve seen a real difference in the children this afternoon. Some children who lack confidence and have anxiety issues have really come out of their shell. Since we’ve been involved with the Foundation coaches, we’ve seen higher levels of confidence in class too.”

For more information contact on 0208 768 6047

London South East Colleges partner with the Foundation

Crystal Palace Football Club Foundation has joined forces with London South East Colleges to launch a new sports programme, which will prepare talented young people for exciting careers in the sports industry.

Open to students from the age of 16, the pioneering programme will offer students the opportunity to gain a nationally-recognised vocational qualification. It will combine high quality practical training with academic teaching and will be offered at Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Club Partnership Launch

The partnership was marked at Crystal Palace’s FA Cup Replay match against Bolton. London South East Colleges’ sport students, Kainan Hector and Connor Miles, joined members of the CPFC Foundation (the charitable arm of the club) to watch players secure a 2-1 victory.

Mike Summers, CEO of the CPFC Foundation says:

“Our partnership with London South East Colleges will enable us to work with upcoming talent and help train the coaches, instructors, physios and players of the future.

“There are a whole host of exciting career pathways in the world of sport. Together with the college we’re keen to make young people aware of these opportunities and to provide them with the training they need to pursue successful careers in the industry.

“The Foundation has a number of community initiatives to encourage and inspire positive action through sport – and this collaboration with London South East Colleges will allow us to extend this reach.

“We are in a great position to deliver the football provision of this new programme and are confident that it will offer fantastic opportunities to develop new skills and a route into employment.”

The sports element of the programme will be delivered by CPFC Foundation coaches based at Bromley campus alongside the college delivering the academic provision.

Principal and CEO of London South East Colleges, Sam Parrett, says:

“This is an extremely exciting partnership, which will offer young people the chance to gain the academic and vocational skills they need to pursue a career in sport.

“Being able to develop football skills, alongside gaining a well-recognised vocational qualification is a unique opportunity. This programme will strengthen the College’s current sports provision and appeal to many young people in the region.

“We are delighted to be working with Crystal Palace– a leading employer – to deliver our curriculum. We look forward to welcoming our first cohort of recruits in September 2017.”

Applications from prospective students are now being accepted and trials will be held to assess their football skills. An elite squad and a development squad will be set up, with places on offer to 40 talented recruits.

To find out more about the programme contact: and to apply, please

Volunteer with Foundation

Would you like to be one of our sports coaches? Or volunteer in our communications and fundraising teams?

We deliver many programmes and we’re looking for volunteers to support us. If you’re aged 16-24 then the Community Eagles Volunteer Programme (CEVP) could be for you!


It’s a targeted initiative for young people to invest in their future by facilitating personal development, physical activity and developing skills in the work place. We provide you with a unique insight to working within the charitable sector across a variety of platforms.

CEVP participants complete a personal development plan to target specific goals of education, employment or training. As these goals are met, volunteers receive incentives such as match tickets, kit and accredited qualifications.

Volunteers also obtain monthly training and employment support. The majority of current full and part-time Foundation staff started by volunteering, so we consider it as an important first step in the pathway to a successful career.

We have links with a variety of local employers and have provided references for previous volunteers to go in to paid work. Luke, pictured above previously assisted our Monday evening veteran’s football sessions in Bromley and now has two part time jobs as a youth worker in Sutton and a facilitator for people with disabilities.

For further information, please contact or telephone 07801593789

The Will To Succeed


Alexandra Ulysses is a 13-year-old girl from South London who has had visual impairment since birth, and in addition, 3 years ago she lost sight in her right eye. Alex is a very energetic and active person who loves singing and listening to music. She also enjoys watching Roman Atwood and Lance 210 on YouTube. Being full of energy, Alexandra loves physical activities such as zip wiring, rock climbing, abseiling and horse riding. Alex’s visual impairment affects her ability to see a certain distance. This results in Alex having to look closely at certain things such as writing; judging fast moving objects like catching a ball can also be a problem.

Alex is a pupil at a local mainstream school, where participating in team sports activity can sometimes be a bit daunting. So Alex, who has been attending Vision Impaired groups since she was 6 years old, wanted “to learn new skills” and she joined the Health and Well Being South London Club organised by the Royal Society for Blind Children, and delivered by our Crystal Palace FC Foundation coaches. Alex enjoys these twice-monthly Saturday sessions held at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, which focus on a variety of sports. The objective is always on having fun whilst developing the vital fundamentals of movement such as balance, agility and coordination. These sessions have enabled Alex to grow her confidence. She’s now made a new group of friends that she regularly sees at other events and contacts on social media.

Alexandra has always been a sporty person and has now been able to gain the vital experience of working as a team member. This has provided Alex with the skills to successfully become part of school mainstream sports lessons. When asked what she thought about the Saturday Club Alex remarked

“I most like meeting new people and learning new skills, like improving my shooting and dribbling at basketball. Dribbling helps with my coordination and balance.”

Alex goes on to say, “I encourage others to come and try all the variety of stuff we do that they may not have tried before.”

The important thing for Alex is the skills that she can adopt as she takes part in our sessions. Admittedly, she’s not a massive football fan but she really appreciates the work that the CPFC Foundation coaches do to help her in other areas.

Alex & coaches jan 17 v3Alexandra with foundation coaches John & Martin and Ginisha
from the Royal Society for Blind Children

Ginisha Vekaria, Community Youth Sport Worker from the RSBC, observes the following on Alexandra’s and the CPFC Foundation’s involvement with the club.

“The CPFC Foundation’s involvement in our sessions plays an important part in regards to Alex’s progression. The coaches who deliver our sessions really understand each individual, and it is obvious Alex has benefited from this as they help cater certain skills to her needs, allowing her to achieve to her highest ability. As sessions have gone on, she has stepped out of her comfort zone and become very competitive as an individual when put in a game situation. I personally feel the Foundation’s involvement has pushed her beyond her limits and we can clearly see the positive outcomes from it. I have also recently noticed she willingly helps others who may be slightly struggling with the activity, which is great as she motivates and encourages them to carry on and to try their ultimate best.”

Alexandra’s mum Deborah was quick to add the following when asked about the Foundation’s involvement with her daughter

“The Foundation has helped in Alexandra’s development in that if the sports activity was not available, Alexandra would not be as energetic as she is, her confidence is good and has helped in working as a team. It is a joy to see Alexandra reach her full potential in achieving what she enjoys doing. She enjoys receiving praises and awards for her accomplishments.

The CPFC Foundation support people of all ages with disabilities to improve their physical and social skills through the power of inclusion and sports participation. If you are interested in our vision impaired sessions, or any area of our extensive disability provision, then please contact Disability Manager Michael Harrington at