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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Football Club support Netball Team

Chorley FC have announced they’ll be supporting another team this season, Chorley Magpies. The local netball side is made up of students, office workers and housewives who have been playing together for the last eight years. Last season they finished a creditable fourth in Division Two at Witton Park, Blackburn. 

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Young Magpies start with a win

The Chorley FC Under 18s started the 2015/2016 with a fantastic display in their opening North West Youth Alliance game, bringing home all 3 points from an entertaining game. 

Chorley started with a very high tempo pressuring the opposition from the start and after 3 minutes it paid off immediately as Lewis Kelsall reacted quickest from a corner to poke the ball home. Chorley didn’t let up as the Danny Simm and Jordan Darr on the wings jinked and teased the young Chester lads with some fantastic runs. The back four of Ethan Darr, Harry Foulds, Craig Richardson and Michael Laithwaite stood firm and managed to control the ball with composure often playing out from the back building a platform some excellent passing football.

Chester did however hit back from a set piece as the Chorley midfield failed to clear and Wario Bule gave away a cheap free kick. Chorley showed their inexperience an failed to mark up with Sam Hayley putting the ball past Luke Rigby to make it 1-1.

The goal seem to boost Chester who then went on the attack but solid work from captain Alex Green in the midfield and the Chorley back four, the away team stood firm. After a 5/10 minute spell Chorley once again took a grip of the game with Kelsall playing the lone striker traumising the defence with his speed and strength. This was allowing the ball to fall short giving Joe Rolls and Wario Bule the options to use Darr and Simm on the wings to really apply the pressure. This all paid off as from a free kick out wide the ball was whipped in and Danny Simm latched onto the ball to hit home and make it 2-1.

Chorley closed out the first half with control and when Chester did get through then on more than one occasion the back four where there to clear their lines.

As Chorley came out for the second half they were forced to make a change when Nathan Young came on for Lewis Kelsall, and continued how they finished the first half controlling it from the back utilising the wingers as they moved into a more advance role. On 52 minutes Brad Flux replaced Wario Bule and moved into the back four with Harry Foulds going into the midfield.

As Chorley started to make the changes, Chester started to get into the game pressing down the left hand side but Ethan Darr time and time again stood firm with his tackling and managed to keep play going with his neat passing and link up play down the right with his brother Jordan.

Chorley started to carve open the Chester defence from here and but for some good goalkeeping from Jamie Martin in the Chester goal Chorley could of extended their lead by 3 or 4 goals. With the heat, humidity and pace of the game Chorley then made 3 quick changes with Ben Cameron replacing Joe Rolls, Ryan Farnworth replacing Harry Foulds and finally Callum Rigby came on for Danny Simm.

The last 20 minutes of the game became very open as players started to tire the open space in play appeared both teams pressing for a goal. Luke Rigby in the Chorley goal was rarely tested as the back four stood firm while at the other end the Chester Keeper time and time again kept his team in the game.

Into the last few minutes and the Chester players frustrations got the better of them as Sam Hayley was booked, not 60 seconds later he received his marching orders for a second bookable offence as he went in with a two footed challenge on Rigby in the Chorley goal.

As the final whistle blew the Chorley lads celebrated their opening day victory.

Match report by James Wilson

Goal Scorers: Lewis Kelsall (3) , Danny Simm (19)

Man of The Match: Ethan Darr



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