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Local Students Meet Palace Heroes: Barclays says 'Thank You' to the Phil Edwards Centre

Local Students Meet Palace Heroes: Barclays says 'Thank You' to the Phil Edwards Centre

Date published: 25/09/2013
Crystal Palace

A group of students got the chance to meet their Crystal Palace heroes yesterday as Barclays Premier League title sponsor Barclays teamed up with Crystal Palace Football Club to thank the Phil Edwards Centre for its commitment to the local community.

Staff and students from the Phil Edwards Centre in Upper Norwood were able to meet Palace manager Ian Holloway, captain Mile Jedinak and goalkeeper Julian Speroni. They took photos with their idols, got to quiz the trio on life in the Barclays Premier League and had an exclusive tour around Selhurst Park.

The group regularly use the Barclays Spaces for Sports site in South Norwood each week, one of 200 community sports sites that Barclays has built with partners the Football Foundation.
The Phil Edwards Centre, a pupil referral unit opened in 1997 to provide full-time education, support and sport for students who are not accessing mainstream schools, was chosen by Barclays because of its commitment to helping improve the prospects of youth in the area. This season, Barclays is identifying community groups to visit each Barclays Premier League club as part of its campaign to thank fans and community heroes.

David Wheldon, Managing Director of Brand, Reputation and Citizenship at Barclays, commented: “This season Barclays is saying thank you to community heroes across the UK, who help make the Barclays Premier League what it is today. We invited the Phil Edwards Centre to a special event at Crystal Palace as a thank you for all their hard work in the community. Using one of our local Barclays Spaces for Sports sites, the Centre puts a real importance on teaching the values of teamwork through football. It’s vital that young people are given the support and opportunities to further themselves and succeed, which is why schemes such as the Phil Edwards Centre are so valued.”

Speaking about the visit, Deputy Head Teacher Ian Walters said: “The students really enjoyed the opportunity to take a look around Selhurst Park behind-the-scenes as well as talk to the manager and players who they see each week playing in the Barclays Premier League.

“This opportunity will leave a lasting memory of what they can achieve in life by embracing and developing the team ethic clearly displayed at Crystal Palace. Thanks to Barclays and Crystal Palace for arranging a great event and inviting us along to take part.”

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/barclaysfootball and join the conversation to thank community heroes with #YouAreFootball

For more information please contact:

Steve Spencer, Lexis Agency, on +44 (0)207 908 6486/ +44 (0)7834 437061 or sspencer@lexisagency.com


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“This opportunity will leave a lasting memory of what they can achieve in life by embracing and developing the team ethic clearly displayed at Crystal Palace. Thanks to Barclays and Crystal Palace for arranging a great event and inviting us along to take part.”

Ian Walters, Deputy Head at the Phil Edwards Centre

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