Frazier Campbell and John Salako met twenty young people who had recently been a part of the Prince’s Trust Football Initiative, delivered by the Crystal Palace FC Foundation, at a celebratory event held at Selhurst Park.
The striker and first team coach were part of a panel that spoke to the audience on the theme of ‘what football has taught me’. Crystal Palace FC Foundation coach Emmanuel Nwanze, a Prince’s Trust alumni, was also on hand to give a personal account of his journey from a project participant to a fully qualified coach.
Campbell, a Prince’s Trust Ambassador, said: “I want to give inspiration to these youngsters who may have grown up in difficult circumstances. Our Foundation do fantastic work in our community and partnered with The Prince’s Trust, provide a great support network for youngsters to realise their potential through sport.”
The event marked the 18th anniversary of the Prince’s Trust Football Initiative, which has successfully supported over 25,000 young people since its inception in 1997.
The Crystal Palace FC Foundation are entering the fourth year of delivery on this project and have provided hundreds of youngsters with qualifications in coaching, first aid and safeguarding with the intention of widening opportunities in education, training or the workplace.
Donald Forde, Head of Crystal Palace FC Foundation, said: “The Crystal Palace FC Foundation are proud to deliver on both Prince’s Trust Get Started with Football and Fairbridge follow-on programmes, so it’s great to see young people being inspired by sport to create a better future for themselves, and to celebrate that here at Selhurst Park with our Palace stars, old and new.”