Crystal Palace FC Foundation had the privilege to welcome London Mayor, Boris Johnson yesterday.
Accompanied by Steve O’Connell, Foundation Trustee and local Croydon Councillor, the focus of his visit was to share the Foundation’s ambitious plans for the future, set out in our three year Community Strategy.
This includes how the CPFC Foundation intend to support the growth of grass roots football, support childhood development and promote health and well-being, not only in Croydon but across South London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “I am extremely impressed with the work that the Crystal Palace FC Foundation is doing with the Premier League and MOPAC Kicks programme. The money being invested into the programme by the Premier League and the Met Police is having an extremely positive impact for young people in the area.”
Boris spoke with several young people who have all been part of the Premier League’s Kicks Programme that the Foundation has been running for the last seven years. Most of those he talked to are either volunteering or working for the Foundation as sessional coaches and youth workers.
Boris also did not need any encouragement to get involved in a game of table tennis with members of the Foundation’s longstanding Extra Time club which brings together older Croydon residents.
However, it’s clearly the engagement with the younger generation that matters and this took centre stage, leading on to wider discussions based on how this can really make a real difference to future life chances.
David Groves, Chair of Trustees said: “Although Boris may not be quite as talented as Dwight Gayle, he did show surprising prowess at ball juggling.
“The important thing for us however, is that he took time out of his busy schedule to see first-hand the work we are doing to help make a difference.
“We are one club, one community.”