“If you have a core of a team that has that connection to the local community, who can explain to people when they arrive at the club what it all means, Chandler Parsons Youth Jersey it makes a big difference,” said the Palace chairman, Steve Parish. “Wilf and Punch were brought up round here. They’re from the same streets and have experienced the same problems as the kids they’re now inspiring. They sense it. “The first thing Puncheon did when he signed for us from Southampton was buy a [hospitality] box, which I thought was quite good because no one wants their family to watch them be bad. The gaffer has made him captain and he has grown. He’s gone all serious now whenever I try to talk to him. You can see what it means to him emotionally. http://www.officialgrizzliestore.com/authentic-25-chandler-parsons-... So if you can get a club like Palace pointing in the right direction with the local community behind it, you can achieve extraordinary things. That’s what you need at a club this size. You’re not going to outgun people with money or resources, so you’ve got to do it a different way.” The rebranded Foundation – with Ed Warner, the chairman of UK Athletics and a fan for 40 years, taking on the role of chair – is Palace’s attempt at doing just that. Andrelton Simmons Youth Jersey The vast majority of clubs run community schemes geared towards retaining that status at the hub of their locality, with Palace for Life to concentrate efforts on 11 core programmes through Bromley, Sutton and Croydon, one of the country’s 10 most deprived boroughs but a hotbed of football talent, and potentially up into Lambeth. “A lot of non-statutory youth provision has been lost, given austerity and cutting back on public services at local level,” said the Labour MP for Streatham, Chuka Umunna. “There is simply not enough for our young people to do out of school to channel their energy, so the kinds of initiatives the Foundation does are vital.” It worked with 9,143 participants in 2015, more than three times the number from 2012 when Palace were in the Championship, on its various programmes, from mentoring the disadvantaged to promoting physical and mental health. More than half were under 12. The hope is the numbers will grow, particularly with Palace close to securing a fifth consecutive season in the top flight for the first time. They host Leicester on Saturday, eager to build on five wins from six matches. Sam Allardyce strode around the pitch at Selhurst Park watching the club’s Down’s syndrome team training, the children occupying the central third of the turf while a Premier League Kicks session and an elite academy game were staged on either side. http://www.officialangelsproshop.com/Andrelton_Simmons_Jersey Matt Sharp from Palace’s powerchair football team was also present; the Foundation, benefiting from donations from the Julián Speroni fund, the Premier League and the BT disability programme, has purchased a chair per player. Each costs £6,000. Those present heard testimonies from people such as Angel O’Dwyer, who grew up on Stroud Green estate a few miles from Selhurst Park and, having been doggedly persuaded to participate, freely admitted she “would have been in prison or dead” without the Foundation’s support. “It is about giving young people a better chance in life,” said Warner. “There is so much this football club can do with the power of the Palace brand in south London, in areas of deprivation, to change the lives of young people in the community. Palace for Life is the hidden gem of this football club.”

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