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In February 2015 Chorley Football Club were delighted to announce we had been awarded a grant, from The Football Conference Trust to further develop links with the local community and deliver a number of sports related initiatives, for young people living in Chorley.

“The Football Conference Trust is a partnership between the Football Conference, the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association.  The Premier League and the PFA have each committed to support the Trust until 2017.  

They have each contributed to a total fund to £5.2m. This is to support all Football Conference member clubs to help support and develop their community activities.” 

The grant will enable the club to extend its links with the local community and offer a number of new initiatives, to “Inspire” young people, between the ages of 5-18, to participate in sports related activities during their leisure time. 

Club Chairman Ken Wright was keen to point out that,  “For a number of years now, we have  provided football coaching opportunities for young people during their holidays. These have proved very successful and we feel that it’s important for us, not only to continue with this provision but, look to further develop new initiatives that will be of benefit to young people living in Chorley. 

"What’s held us back in previous years was a lack of finance and somebody to co-ordinate this development. However, now that we are members of the Vanarama Football Conference we applied for funding, to the Football Conference Trust, and were delighted with the news that we’d been awarded a grant to extend our work.”

Heading up this initiative is former Bolton Council Youth Worker and ex-Chorley manager, Gerry Luczka, who has an impressive track record of applying for funding and developing community based initiatives, at a number of locations throughout the North West. 

Gerry added: "There’s always been a strong desire to make the local community an integral part of the club. We feel that by developing partnerships with local businesses, statutory and non- statutory organisations, this will ensure that important stakeholders, support us in achieving our aims. We intend to work with local schools, and deliver football coaching activities as well as offering a wide range of sports programmes, during holiday breaks."

Our initial priorities in the first 12 months will be:

  • Football Coaching for 5-16 years. 
  • Football Tournament 6 – 9 year olds.
  • Establish a Junior Football Development Section from 7-18 years of age. 

Ken Wright went on to say “We are confident that this initiative will raise self esteem, improve general well being, achieve positive changes in the community and address broad issues of social inclusion.”

He added “The project would not have been possible without the generous contribution from the Trust”

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