Foundation Statement

Mike Smith, who has been the Foundations Community Development Officer since March 2014 is leaving the Foundation at the end of January to take up a new challenge in a similar role at Curzon Ashton FC.

During Mike’s time at the Foundation his positive attitude and commitment in undertaking his role and responsibilities has seen Stalybridge Celtic FC being well represented in the community through his many projects including After School Football sessions at local Primary Schools, Walking Football teams for the over 50’s/over 60’s and Adult-Pan Disability football teams, with the over 50’s and 60’s walking football teams often playing on the Bower Fold pitch at half time on Match Days.

Amongst Mikes most successful projects were his Presentations at local Primary/Junior Schools to pupils and staff informing them of the Foundation’s role in the community resulting in projects and competitions at Bower Fold for the pupils and the opportunity of introducing the pupils and their parents to the football club via his child and parent match day ticket initiative as well as pupils being offered the chance to become Match Day Ball Boys and Mascots.

Mikes most recent successful project is the introduction of the monthly Man v Fat programme which provides men with the opportunity to address their general health.

The Trustees of Stalybridge Celtic Foundation thank Mike for his work in the community, but also his contribution to the Football Club during his time as its Community Development Officer and wish him all the best on his new appointment

Help from Invopak

All of the participants on our sessions are keeping up with regular washing of their hands thanks to a very kind donation of hand sanitiser from Hyde based, Invopak.

Kinsey Petyt from Invopak – ‘Local care and charitable organisations are doing an amazing job during this difficult period. We hope that our donation of hand sanitiser will help make things a little easier.

The Jerrycans to package the sanitiser are 5L Jerrycans from our stock holding. The hand sanitiser itself has been donated by one of our customers Hybrisan. They are an Advanced Antimicrobial Specialist based in Port Talbot. Their surface and hand sanitiser is accredited for its efficacy against all coronoviruses and SARS-CoV2.

From everyone at Invopak, we wish you and those close to you, the very best of health.’

Our thanks go to Lindsay for kindly chosing Stalybridge Celtic Foundation for the donation of 10L of hand sanitiser, much appreciated.

COVID-19 Session Policy

COVID-19 Session Policy


– You cannot attend the session if you have been in contact, or exposed to someone, with COVID-19 or a suspected COVID-19 case in the last 14 days.

– Have been asked to isolate by a Test, Track and Protect service.

– Have a new continuous cough.

– Have a high temperature.

– Have a loss of or change to your normal sense of smell of taste (anosmia).

– Active participants should arrive changed and ready to take part.

– A register of participants (and Contact Details if not already got) will be taken at each session to comply with Track and Trace guidelines


– All equipment provided by Stalybridge Celtic Foundation will have been cleaned prior to play.

– Social distancing must be adhered to in breaks of play.

– Hand Sanitiser must be used in breaks of play.

– Players must not Spit and should avoid shouting or raising their voices, when facing each other.

– Do not share drink bottles.

– Do not shake hands after Matches.

– Do not celebrate a goal with other players on the team.

  • Goal Keepers to wear their own gloves.


– Hands should be washed at the earliest opportunity. Hand Sanitiser is available at every session.

– All equipment to be cleaned.

– Players to take home their Bib to be washed and returned the next week.

– Exit to the left of the pitch to allow the booking after the session to queue to get in on the right.


– Session Fee payments will be cashless. Payments can be made each week or four weekly direct to Stalybridge Celtic Foundation. Don’t worry if you miss a session, the fee will carry over. 


Account Number: 14238532 Sort Code: 09-01-29

Policy created: 31st August 2020

To be reviewed: 30th September 2020

Man v Fat returns

Our Man v Fat Stalybridge league returns after lock down tonight over at the Ken Ward Centre in Hattersley.

The sessions take place every Friday night from 7.00pm to 9.00pm on the small sided 3G pitch at the Centre.

Teams currently playing in the league are Stalybridge Whites, Inter Kebabs, Black Pudding Rovers and Juveatenus!

If your a male aged 18+ and are looking to lose weight and get fit, then sign up and register and come along and join in.

Players can join at for more information call 0345-163-1042 or email [email protected]


And We’re Back!

We are pleased to confirm that the Stalybridge Celtic Foundation are back, but not as you know it unfortunately, hopefully we can all return to normal at some point in the future!

Some of our football based community activities, kindly funded by the Jigsaw Foundation, are now back up and running, with COVID-19 guidelines in place at each and every session.
Currently re-starting after five months of lockdown measures are the following –
Activity: Vintage Celtic over 50’s Walking Football
Venue: Active Copley (Stalybridge)
Day: Monday
Time: 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Cost: £3.00 per person per session
Open to: Male and Female players over 50
Surface: 3G
Activity: Positive Goals Mental Health Sessions
Venue: Active Copley (Stalybridge)
Day: Monday
Time: 7.00pm to 8.00pm
Cost: £2.00 per person per session
Open to: Male and Female players over 18
Surface: 3G
Activity: Adult PAN-disability sessions
Venue: Active Copley (Stalybridge)
Day: Tuesday
Time: 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Cost: £2.00 per person per session
Open to: Male and Female players over 18
Surface: 3G
All sessions are held outdoor and suitable footwear is required for a 3G playing surface.
All sessions will have freshly cleaned equipment, hand sanitiser will be available for use and a Track and Trace system will be in place for all attendee’s and guests.
Social Distancing rules and regulations will apply at all sessions.
For more information on Stalybridge Celtic Foundation visit our Website or via Facebook at Stalybridge Celtic Foundation and @CommunityStaly on Twitter.


As all our Community Activities are cancelled with immediate effect and people are currently self-isolating at home, our Stalybridge Celtic FC Physio, David Pover, has drawn up some exercises to keep you fit whilst you’re at home.

Give it a try!

Circuit training is a fantastic way to rapidly increase your fitness and condition your muscles to become stronger, both at the same time. This means you can work on your endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness all in a single workout.

Circuits alternate exercises between your upper and lower body with NO rest, so that when one group of muscles gets tired you switch to using another. This means you can work at a greater intensity for longer. Because of this, the most important muscle in your body – your heart – is never let off the hook for a moment.

It is no good expecting the circuit to do the work for you. A good rule of thumb to remember is you should always be working at 70-85% of your maximum effort during the circuit. This will keep your heart rate in the correct zone to improve your fitness.

How to do this circuit:

This circuit can be done in the house or home, using only a chair, bench or step, so there is no excuse not to fit in a workout. It will work all the muscles you will use in football training (and beyond) and will increase your cardiovascular fitness. Your workout should last at least 30 minutes in total. Do the following exercises in order, taking as LITTLE rest in between as possible.

Do as many reps as you can within the repitition range, but however many you complete, DO NOT stop halfway through, you must keep your heart rate up. Once you have completed the circuit, rest for two or three minutes then repeat again for up to four circuits.

Exercise 1
Press-up (Reps 12 – 20)
Body straight
Arms shoulder width apart
Core braced
Lower chest towards ground
Press back to start position and repeat

Exercise 2
Sit-up with arms across chest (Reps 12 – 20)
Lie on back with knees bent
Feet flat or hooked under an obstacle
Hands across chest
Tummy button pulled in towards spine
Lift torso looking straight ahead
Lower and repeat

Exercise 3
One Legged Squat (Reps 10 – 12 each side)
Feet together
Lift right foot and bend knee behind body
Arms out for balance
Bend left knee keeping heel down
Push back up and repeat 10 – 12 times
Change legs and start again

Exercise 4
Triceps Dip (Reps 12 – 15)
Palms on low chair or bench
Extend legs in front (legs bent and feet flat on floor will prevent stress on knees)
Bend elbows to lower the body
Keep back close to chair or bench
Stop when backside is close to ground
Push back up and repeat

Exercise 5
Dorsal Raise (Reps 12 – 15)
Lie on front
Fingertips touching side of head
Lift shoulders off floor
Keep hips and feet on the ground
Hold for one second and repeat

Exercise 6
Step-up with knee raise (Reps 15 each side)
Step left foot onto chair, bench or stair
Lift right knee towards chest
Lower right leg to ground
Step off chair, bench or stair
Repeat with opposite leg

Exercise 7
Box Lift (Reps 12 – 20)
Pack a box with moderate weight
Place by feet
Bend knees and grip box
Lift box using legs to straighten up
Extend arms and place box on table
Pick up again and replace box on ground
Ensure you lower by bending legs. Repeat

Exercise 8
Twist Sit-up (Reps 12 – 15)
Lie on back with knees bent
Feet flat or hooked under an obstacle
Arms across chest or by side of head
Tummy button pulled in towards spine
Lift torso twisting to one side
Lower and repeat to other side
Continue alternating sides

Exercise 9
Walking Lunge (Reps 12 – 20)
Feet shoulder width apart
Step forward with left foot
Lower torso to ground bending both knees
Stop when right knee almost touches ground
Raise by pushing through legs
Step right foot forward. Repeat

To progress this session, instead of doing reps perform each exercise for 1 minute 30 seconds

REMEMBER – Before attempting this circuit you MUST warm-up

David Pover
Club Physio
Stalybridge Celtic FC

Ability Counts League Month Three

Our Adult PAN-disability team were over at The Power League Complex in Heaton Mersey, Stockport last Friday (13th) for the third month of fixtures in the Cheshire East Ability Counts League.

Finishing month one on top of the league, the Foundation team slipped to second place after the second month of fixtures.

Three fixtures were played this month, as Hyde United FC did not attend, with us losing to both Altrincham FC 2-1 and Wythenshawe Town FC 2-0, before finishing with a thumping 5-0 victory over Stockport County FC.

Well played Craig, Lee, Dylan, Josh, Wayne, Shaun, Chris T, Chris F, Emilie Daniel and Linden.

Thanks to our Stalybridge Celtic FC Kit Man, Phil Hall, for looking after the team on the night.

Foundation Quiz Night


Stalybridge Celtic Foundation (Charity Number 1173057) will be holding a ‘Quiz Night’ kindly sponsored by MG Domestic, next month at Stalybridge Celtic Football Club, to raise funds for the work we do in our local community.

Date: Thursday 2nd April 2020 
Time: 7.30pm for 8.00pm start 
Where: Bower Fold, Mottram Road, Stalybridge, SK15 2RT
Cost: Advance Tickets are £5.00 or £6.00 on the door
Includes: Pie Supper
Teams: Maximum number per team is six
Advance tickets are available to purchase on Match Days at Bower Fold via Mike Smith at Main Reception. Group bookings can be done via email at [email protected]  
We hope to see some of you there on the 2nd April.

Ability Counts League Month Two

Our adult PAN-disability team were back in action last night at Power League in Stockport for the second round of fixtures in the monthly league.

Starting the fixtures top of the league, we P4 W1 D1 L2, not sure that keeps us top, but we’ll still be up there going into the March games.

Well played Dylan, Wayne, Josh, Chris T, Chris F, Emilie, Daniel, Linden, Lee, Craig and Sean…

Third Charity Day at Bower Fold

Tomorrow at Bower Fold will see the Foundation hold it’s third designated Charity Day of the season versus league leaders, South Shields FC.

Kidscan UK will be our Community guests for the afternoon having visited Stalybridge Celtic FC last season versus Witton Albion, where they raised a fantastic amount of £414.88.
Staff and Volunteers from Kidscan UK will be around the ground prior to Kick Off and again at Half-time for a ‘Bucket Collection’ along with a raffle to win a signed Stalybridge Celtic 2019/20 Home shirt.
For more information on the work the charity does or to donate online you can visit or follow them on Twitter @Kidscan_UK
Please donate if you are able too for such a worthwhile cause, many thanks in advance.
A big thank you to all the players for showing their support for Kidscan UK.