Crystal Palace U21 players David Gregory and Ben Wynter, joined participants of the Barclays’ Premier League Works Programme to congratulate the achievements of 25 graduates.
The programme uses the power of business and sport to re-focus disadvantaged young people, aged 16-24yrs, and equip them with the employability skills they need to move closer to the job market.
The ceremony, held at Selhurst Park, honoured participants who had achieved a Certificate of Merit. The young people were also given the chance to ask the Palace players about their journey with CPFC and any advice they would have about positive career pathways.
Councillor Toni Letts, Croydon Cabinet Member for Jobs and Economic Development, said: “As a local authority we are very proud to have Crystal Palace Football Club and its Foundation within our borough. We congratulate not only the tremendous achievement of the 25 graduates, but also Barclay’s Premier League and Crystal Palace FC Foundation for investing time working with this group of young people and the wider community.”
Together with Barclays and the Premier League, Crystal Palace’s Foundation have supported marginalised young people in the Sutton and Croydon area by kick-starting their careers with business and sports sector related qualifications. The programme was also designed to provide participants with the confidence, experience and assurance needed to make a positive transition in to the world of work or training.
For more information on new Employability Programmes run by Crystal Palace FC Foundation please contact: Susan Patterson-Smith on 0208 634 5418 or SusanPattersonSmith@cpfcfoundation.org