Chelmsford City FC Football in the Community has been steadily expanding since the club moved back to Chelmsford and found a home in Melbourne.
The Community Officer and his team work in and around the Chelmsford area with children and adults, including those with disabilities.
The Community team are always looking to get involved in projects that are beneficial to the local population and are likely to provide a healthier more active lifestyle.
Community Officer Chris Finch and community coaches Daniel Mower and Clive Pyner with a number of sessional coaches have a high profile in local schools and have developed links with Chelmsford City Council's Community Sport and Wellbeing team,Essex County FA, Chelmsford School Sport Partnership, Essex Coalition for Disabled People, Chelmsford City Mencap and many other organisations.
In these days of Xbox's, Wii consoles and Satellite TV we aim to create sporting opportunities and provide education towards a more active and healthier lifestyle for as many people as possible in our community. This is done by creating a fun and friendly environment that helps to builds confidence.
"You don't have to be the best, just the best that you can be!"
Above is our catchphrase and it sums up our attitude to children in sport, just do the best you can and have fun. We now come in to contact with around 1000 children each week, all of whom are potential Chelmsford City supporters. Many get their first experience of a “proper football match” through the free ticket allocations during our Summer and Easter soccer courses and our regular tickets for schools promotion.
Our aim is to create sporting opportunities and provide education towards a more active and healthier lifestyle for as many people as possible in and around the Chelmsford area.
Here are some of the things that we offer schools and the wider community:
A number of our coaches are experienced at coaching the games side of the P.E curriculum to whole classes of children in Foundation, KS1 and KS2. Lessons are delivered in a fun, structured fashion maintaining the schools expectations regarding standards of behaviour.
Our provision for clubs in schools now includes breakfast clubs before school starts, lunch clubs and after school clubs. Football clubs and multi-sports clubs can be provided at these times as well as other sports such as quick and 3 tees cricket, tag rugby and basketball, to name a few.
Clubs are fun based but cover key skills in each sport and include team work and tactics in small sided match-play.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE DAYS
Community coaches can provide physical activity and healthy lifestyle talks delivered in an interactive fashion to suit all year groups.
Talks will cover subjects such as exercise and its effects on the body, hydration, foods and food groups and personal hygiene.
Schools are now employing coaches from outside of their teaching staff to run their teams and here at Chelmsford City FC we run several local school teams. Teams are run depending upon the schools ethos, whether it be play to win or play for fun and include everybody or somewhere in between.
During the summer holiday period we run 4 weeks of 5 day soccer courses. Some of these run from 9.30am to 2.30pm and for younger children from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Short sessions take place during the summer for younger children that last for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
A specialist goalkeeper coach also leads a 2 day course for the aspiring goalkeeper.
During other school breaks 2 day courses take place that cover all age groups and often a goalkeeper course is included.
Our soccer course are essentially fun based for all levels and will include warm ups, fun ball games, skills work and various types of small sided game.
Evening community sessions take place at various venues and cover an age span of 4-14 years.
Coaches work on the premise that children prefer to be playing rather than standing listening to the coach for half the session, so our sessions include a lot of playing time with help and guidance from coaches and games that create a learning environment.
DISABILITY FOOTBALL PROGRAMME
Here at City we are very proud of our work in disability football. Clubs take place at 2 local schools and a college for children with disabilities. Our adult disability session is going great guns at the moment and we are on the verge of setting up our own team to play in regular tournaments.
Links are being developed with many disability organisations.
Our coaches are very experienced in this field of coaching and are qualified to coach blind football and deaf football as well as many other forms of disability football.
Walking football has become extremely popular in the Chelmsford area with large numbers of people now taking part on a regular basis. When we first began our walking football session we started with around 7 people, that has swelled to nearly 20 at one session and a second session now takes place.
This sport is fantastic for those that love football but can no longer keep up the pace of regular football for one reason or another.
Football In The Community is part Chelmsford City FC's 'City In The Community' programme.