Talking about the award of 50 free tickets for the Johnstone’s Paint final on Sunday 30 March, Oliver Couch, Chairman of the Junior Blues said, “this is a fantastic gesture from Johnstone’s Paints. We’ll be there to support Chesterfield. It’ll be a great day out for some of our kids who might not otherwise have been able to go.” The role of companies like Johnstone’s Paints in youth football is crucial. Oliver said “at the last World Cup, all but one of the England squad came through grassroots football clubs like the Junior Blues. Future England sides depend on vibrant grassroots clubs supported by sponsorship. You can see from the players shirts that local businesses are generously sponsoring our teams, but we need more help to reach more kids. This contribution by Johnstone’s Paints is a massive help to us.” If you would like to sponsor the Club you can get in touch with Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Chesterfield Junior Blues have nearly a hundred players, boys and girls, in nine teams from under 7s to under 14s, drawn from all over Chesterfield and north east Derbyshire. Next season they celebrate their tenth season as an independent club having been formed three years earlier as part of Chesterfield Football Club’s football in the community project. The Club has been awarded the FA’s Charter Standard Development status and the plaque was presented to them at the Chesterfield v Portsmouth match on 3 March. They are only the tenth club to be awarded this status in Derbyshire.
All CJB coaches are FA qualified and have first aid and child welfare qualifications.
Sponsors of the Club’s teams include Frankie and Benny’s, Shorts Financial Services, SBK Computers, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, the Football Foundation, Van Elle, the Garden Buildings Centre, Art by Ellie Depp and others. Sponsors pay for playing and training kit kit and contribute to the cost of coach development and facility hire. More sponsorship would allow the club to set up new teams to reach more kids. Other valuable support has come from the FA Tesco Skills programme.
The Club’s philosophy on the importance of football in communities is set out in their membership leaflet: “Winning football matches is obviously part of the enjoyment of the game but the Club’s primary task is to help boys and girls learn how to play football, how to improve at the game, and be effective team members, and to develop communications and other team skills. These are skills they can take into adult life at home, at work and in their communities”.
The Club is an enthusiastic supporter of the Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Football Focus Group which brings together the professional and amateur games, for adults and youngsters, and whose members include Chesterfield Football Club, the FA, Chesterfield College, youth and adult football clubs including CJBFC, and Schools Sports Partnerships. Meetings are quarterly and are open to any interested parties. Enquiries about the FFG can be sent to CJBFC.