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Football club mascot Chester helps to net new foster carers for children in our care

Published: 9 October 2019

A football club mascot is helping us recruit new foster carers – as well as offering children in our foster care some treats and trips throughout the year.

Cllr Alex Dale and Chester the Field Mouse
On the ball: Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale met Chesterfield Football Club mascot Chester the Field Mouse, who is helping us to recruit new foster carers.

Chesterfield Football Club mascot Chester the Field Mouse will be proudly promoting fostering opportunities with us including wearing recruitment messages on one of his shirts.  

As part of the partnership the National League club, based at The Proact Stadium in Chesterfield and better known locally by its nickname The Spireites, has also offered to treat children in our foster care with a range of free activities including:

  • attendance at school holiday soccer schools throughout the year
  • school holiday day trips, for example, to football clubs and museums
  • exclusive sessions in ‘Chester’s Den’ play centre at the Proact Stadium
  • tickets for selected Chesterfield Football Club matches

Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said:

“We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to highlight and promote fostering opportunities with the county council and we’re delighted to team up with Chesterfield Football Club and their mascot Chester the Field Mouse this season.

“As such a well-known and popular character Chester is the perfect ambassador to help us attract new recruits in a sport which is enjoyed together by families with children of all ages.

“Spireites matches not only attract spectators from Chesterfield but from across the county too which is particularly helpful for us as we are committed to keeping the Derbyshire children in our care in Derbyshire. There might be fans there who have just the kind of qualities we’re looking for to give a child a loving home.

“The generous additional benefits the club is offering our children in foster care as part of this partnership are also a very welcome complement to the incentives we offer our carers and their families.”

Foster carers don’t need any special qualifications. They just need a spare room, be aged 21 or over and go through a few checks before they’re assessed.

There is no upper age limit and we offer a wider range of fostering schemes including full and part-time opportunities and are committed to keeping brothers and sisters together and keeping Derbyshire children within Derbyshire.

We also provide our foster carers with full training and support, an attractive range of incentives and a competitive package of financial support.

Chesterfield Football Club Community Trust Chief Executive Officer John Croot said:

“Football is a sport which helps to bring people together and something the whole family can enjoy – that’s why we’re delighted to help Derbyshire County Council recruit new foster carers for local children who need, loving stable homes.

“Our mascot Chester the Field Mouse is proud to show off the fostering message on his shirt which will be seen by thousands of spectators as well as at his school visits and other community events this season.”

Find out more about fostering for Derbyshire or call us for free on tel: 0800 083 77 44.