Crystal Palace Football Club is opening its doors to the over 65s as a “warm hub” this winter.

The club will “provide guests with the chance to switch their heating off for a few hours and enjoy a warm friendly atmosphere”.

The club is collaborating with its principal partner cinch and the Palace for Life Foundation on this new initiative at the Selhurst Park stadium.

Residents aged 65 and over are welcome to visit Selhurst Park once a week to enjoy a free hot meal and drinks.

The events will also provide an opportunity for people to socialise with fellow residents and staff.

There will be a selection of activities and board games and talks from guest speakers – all provided free of charge.

The warm hub first opens to the public on Tuesday, December 6, and will run every Tuesday until the end of February between the hours of 10am and 2pm. You must pre-book before attending which can be done via an email to or calling 02039068715.

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Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “We hope that by opening Selhurst Park as a warm hub this winter, we can provide an enjoyable experience for our local residents aged over 65.

“We recognise that many in the community may be concerned about rising food and energy costs, but hopefully these sessions will provide guests the chance to switch their heating off for a few hours and enjoy a warm friendly atmosphere, some hot food, and the opportunity to socialize with others.

“I’d like to thank our principal partner cinch in supporting and helping us deliver this important community initiative.”

Avril Palmer-Baunack, chairman of Constellation Automotive Group, the owners of cinch, added: “cinch is proud to be working with Crystal Palace FC on this vital warm hub initiative this winter and it’s a project that our colleagues, who will be joining weekly as volunteers, are keen are to get involved in and support.”

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