16 November 2020
By now everyone will know that due to restrictions there will not be anymore walking football until the end of November at the earliest. It means that the match between our women's team and the over 65s will have to be played at a later date.
The good news is that chairman Malcolm Bushell has had a successful operation and has now taken back the reins as we move quickly into the new year.
We have on our Facebook private site given details about our new kit and doesn't need to be repeated here. However we will be asking for a contribution of €20 towards the cost. You may have seen on our closed Facebook page that we have someone making face masks with Pafos United etc on them . It could give us excellent coverage both on the face and when people in the street see them being worn.. The price is just 4 euros and anyone interested should contact Malcolm Bushell .
We have decided to commit ourselves to playing over the festive season but we need at least 12 players each session to make it viable. If you are interested in playing in the session then please add your name to the sessions on HEJA.
It seems a number of new players are not aware of our closed Facebook page for members only. If not registered then go to The Ageless Walkng Football Association to sign up. We have had a few problems with our open face book which we hope to resolve in the near future.
We are sorry that we have had a further restruction on the numbers that can attend the Christmas Dinner. The restrictions are due to the limits placed on restaurants by the Government.Unfortunately it does mean some players who wanted to attend cannot come. Simply if you have paid your deposit then you have been accepted, If you haven't paid a deposit then please do not come along in the hope extra seats are available.
First belated congratulations to the womens team who eat the over 70s men by 5 -1. A brilliant hat trick from Ann Brierely
We look forward to our chairman Malcolm Bushell returning in the next few days after his successful operation but be careful dont shake his hand as he is still very sore!!
We are very pleased that not only do we have Eye Contact a business in Tomb of the Kings road in our discount schemes they are now one of our sponsors agreeing to sponsor the new referees kit.
Elsewhere on the site we have produced a comprehensive disciplinary procedure The procedure is similar to that listed in the code of guidance but gives clarity in certain areas. Lets hope it won't be necessary to use it in the foreseeable future.
Our written procedure in how to deal with sensitive medical information that we request from players is being finalised and that will also be published in the near future.
Some players are concerned about the referees assessment form and its purpose.We can assure everyone that Mark Hignett will be dealing with the information sensitively. The assessment will be used for training purposes and to help improve the performance of referees.
After listening to players wishes we have decided to keep sessions going over the Christmas period, HEJA has been updated to include the extra dates. However if we get less than 12 players booking in on a session we may decide to cancel that particular session.
We are concerned that we are getting a number of serious injuries in recent sessions. Some of the injuries have occurred with no other player involved.We are investigating the reasons and we have had a couple of possible reasons brought to our attention.It maybe the players have just been unlucky but it is happening too often not to receive attention. If anyone has any theories please let me know.
No doubt Sandy will be bending your ear but if anyone can donate eprizes for the christmas presentation Sandy will be pleased to take them off your hands. You will also know by now that it has beem decided to give a discount off the Christmas Presentation. Hopefully it will help you all buy more raffle tickets!!
Before then we will be asking players to vote for their Player of the year, Sportsman of the year,Referee of the year and most improved player. Slips will be available shortly.
You may have seen our invite on facebook to teams to come over to Cyprus to play matches. We have had an excellent responses and hopefully next year we will have a chance to meet some of the teams from Uk,France,Poland etc.
By now everyone will known that we are changing our kit in February. There has been a lot of discussion about the kit but it has now been finalised and full details will be given here tomorrow. We have made some changes to the kit and hopefully most people will be happy with it.
Our mini league produced a couple of shocks at the weekend which has opened up the table. Details elsewhere on the site
We must remind members that it is unhelpful to dispute referee decision or to argue with other players.We are here to enjoy the game and such incidents are not helpful.
A reminder that we are not allowed spectators at matches and masks must be worn at all times except when playing.
Due to virus restrictions we are not allowed to have any spectators watching us at our sessions.All players must wear masks when they arrive and at all times when not playing. This includes substitutes on the bench and referees who are not officiating.
We now have 10 women players and they showed their skills by beating our over 70s select team by 5 -1. They are now looking forward to playing our over 65s on a few weeks time.
We have had a couple of injuries lately and we stress that it is essential new players make sure they do warm ups before the matches.
Our referees co ordinator Mark Hignett has drawn up a comprehensive questionnaire so that players can assess referees
Mark will use the information to help with the training of referees
It is unfortunate that because of the virus we have had to postpone our charity match between England and Rest of he World. Sounds grand but its just a match between our own players.!!
We have now drawn up a new disciplinary procedure.It is along the lines as outlined in our Code of Conduct but has given greater clarification.It will be on the website in next few days. We are putting the final edges to our medical questionnaire procedure and again this will be published shortly on the website.
We have recently lost our temporary kit co ordinator Mick Craven. At present Charlie our Secretary is sorting out the new kit and trophies to be presented at the Christmas presentation. Voting forms will be available to all players mid November.
Off the field we are looking forward to our golf football day followed by ten pin bowling.
We have a few vacancies for our Christmas Dinner. Details on the entertainment page on the website.
Our ladies group is gradually increasing and we new have 9 women registered with us.
Coaches Evie and Ann are putting them through their paces every Wednesday at 6pm before they take part in matches with the men.. Later this month we are arranging a friendly between the Ladies and our over 70s team. The over 70s won't need reminding they lost 1-0 the last time the teams met.
We are pleased to welcome two new sponsors Sugar cafe and bar in Peyia and Temptations Cafe bar in Geriakipou Both of them are also in our discount scheme. We hope that members will support all the businesses in the discount scheme whereever possible. Full details on the discount page on this website .
it is necessary to remind everyone that your membership card can only be used for upto 5 people.If you have more in your group another membership card needs to be shown.Social membership cards are available at 25 euros for one year.
We are in the process of designing a new kit with old and new sponsors logos on shirts and shorts. Once a sample shirt has been received players will be invited to pass comment .We are scheduled to launch the new kit at the AGM in February 2021.
Another reminder that it is essential everyone books in using the HEYA system if you wish to attend any of the sessions. This is to enable Coaches to plan ahead and make sure we do not have more than the maximum number allowed each session. We have approx. 7 players not on HEJA and they will need to email Tony Watson our head coach,if they wish to come along.It is also i important to let Tony know if you wish go bring a guest. We do not like to turn players away but in future this requirement will be strictly enforced.
We have been advertising our Christmas Presentation dinner ,dance (at this stage probably no dancing!!). It is possible new members are not aware of the event. Full details are on our entertainment page on this website.
Finally,an update on our Chairman. Malcolm is still awaiting his exploratory operation on his shoulder and has been given a date of early December. We are trying to keep him away from football but he is keeping a keen interest on what is happening. Roger Fear stepping in temporarily in his absence is getting a lot if support from all the committee as we keep all the behind the scenes happenings running reasonably smoothly!!
We were upset to get the message from our chairman Malcolm Bushell that due to illness he has decided to temporarily step aside as chairman.
Malcolm is not only the founder of PUWFC but has been leader and chairman since the start.
The good news is that he is optimistic that he will only need to stand down for a couple of months.
All members wish him well as he takes a rest from leading the gang.
In the meantime Vice chairman Roger Fear has taken over Malcolm's role ably assisted by the rest of the committee members.
Recent developments brought in by the committee means that we have extended the quarantine period to 7 days from the date any player returns to the country before they can play.This is in recognition of the ages of our players and the vulnerability of some of them
It also applies if family or friends come from abroad and are in contact with players.The player must stay away for 7 days.
After our mini league matches on the first
Fridayof the month arrangements have been made for the Hogshead Taverna just along the road to be open if players want to stop off for a drink. They are opening especially for us so we hope players will support them
We now have almost 40 businesses in our discount scheme. The committee has decided to offer the scheme to non playing members.for a charge of 25 euros for one year.They will be able to take advantage of all the discounts and the money gained will be used for the good of the members .Let us know if you have anyone interested in the scheme.Full details of discounts are on the discount page on this website.
We now have a new entertainment section on our members page Heja but details are also on this website.
Any new player wishing to come along to play should first contact our booking coordinator Tony Watson.Details on the booking page.This is to ensure we are able to make room on the date you wish to play.Yhis also applies to members who may wish to bring a guest player.
We are delighted that this website has attracted over 3000 hits since April.Our website designer Steve is in the process of upgrading the site.He is on our discount scheme offering 20% discount to members who may wish their own website.
After months of trying to encourage women to join us we now have 9 women playing regularly. Whilst some are playing for the first time some of the others have obviously played before end are impressing with their skills.
The very hot weather has taken its toll and it was decided to defer the start of the mini league for one week until 11 September.
Sadly we have had to ban one player from the group after some unacceptable behaviour. Fortunately such occurrences rarely occur but we are committed to ensuring everyone can enjoy playing in a friendly environment. Such decisions are not taken ,lightly.
We have decided that part of some practice matches we will employ 3 touch football.This helps players to learn new skills and seems popular with the players. The coaches will be advising at each session.
Our Secretary and Chairman have recently been in touch with Pafos FC and we are hoping to announce some exciting news regarding that meeting in the near future.
A number of new sponsors are coming on board as news of the walking football, group spreads and has generated interest throughout the island.More news later, We are now the proud owners of a new trophy cabinet which is on display at the Fairgame Centre. Thanks to Bob Quinnel for organising it. We also have a collection of photos showing old and new walking football players. Thanks to Dave Hatton for producing the boards.
Our discount scheme has now been launched. Well over 35 businesses are working with us giving members discounts etc. Latest details on our discount page.
The entertainment programme is making progress and details of latest functions can be seen on that part of the site.
20 August 2020
We are delighted that we now have enough women players to form a team. their first match on 19 August was against our over70s group. The women looked fitter faster and younger!!. they turned their many attributes to their advantage and beat the men 1-0. We now look forward to more women coming forward to join the group.
Numbers have been slightly down in August due partly to extreme heat and partly through members going back to the Uk on holiday. However we are still attracting new players who receive a warm welcome from the members.
We are still operating a 7 day isolating period once a player returns from abroad and this is constantly being reviewed by the committee.
The teams for our next mini league has now been finalised and everyone is looking forward to the first match on the first Friday in September.
Off the pitch we are still getting together businesses who will give discounts to our members. We are delighted that almost 30 businesses have agreed discounts. The scheme will start operating shortly once the membership cards have been distributed. The list of businesses will appear on the website and hard copies available at training sessions shortly.
3 August 2020
We are very shortly introducing two major changes to the rules.Any goalkeeper handling the ball outside the area unless its through momentum will concede a penalty and be sent off. Any player denying an obvious goalscoring chance will also be sent off.
A full list of rules will shortly be published on Heja.facebook and website. The mini league 2 starting 4 September will start st 8am.This also applies to the October matches. The new teams will be announced shortly for the new league.They have been drawn out of the hat fairly on front of 6 members. We are working hard to attract companies to give members discounts on production of membership card which will be shortly produced.Any member who has ideas on companies who may offer discount please speak to Roger Fear. Our entertainment page is updated see details of a new event in October
21 July 2020
We are still getting a few players trying to influence ,the referees by who shouts the loudest. Please ensure that it is only the Team Captain that talks to the referees ,and only the Team Captain talk to the Club Secretary concerning your team and who is in the team.
We have 30 players wanting to take part in the next mini league. We need a few more so that each team can have a full compliment of players.
We will be playing Aphrodite Wanderers on the evening of Wednesday 5 August ko 6 30 pm. There will be two teams of 8 therefore 2 matches of 40 minutes using both pitches. There will be return fixture on 19 August .
We have some exciting news regarding sponsorship. We are happy to say that NFSeurope will continue as main sponsor of the club and be the main shirt sponsor for the next few years. We have two new sponsors joining us and look forward to working alongside them over the next few years.
First there is Twenty4Seven systems Ltd who will be sponsoring our Mini League 2 .We are also excited to be welcoming RSS Logistics to the family and their logo will be appearing on our new shorts. The logo will also be on the sponsors page elsewhere on the website.
We have now started inviting companies to join our membership scheme which will start in August. We are in the process of agreeing a number of deals and this will be entered in a new category on the website very shortly.
7 July 2020
Confirmation that the final round of our first Mini League competition takes place on Saturday 25 August. Due to the extreme heat the first match will start at 8 am prompt and the second match at 9 am. Go home to recover before the Presentation Evening (see Entertainment page)
The next league will be starting in September and we are taking names of players wishing to take part. The matches are likely to be once a month played on a Friday. We only have room for 40 players and 8 reserves. See Charlie or Tony to get your name down quickly.
As from 17 August we will no longer play 3 touch football on Tuesdays and Fridays. We will however keep three touch for the Wednesday sessions. The 1 metre distance will also no longer apply. The good news is that the changing rooms can now be used BUT only two people at a time are allowed in them.
The Committee has decided that referees must be more forceful in applying blue and red cards for continuous offences. Anyone shown 3 blue cards within a space of 3 months will be subject to a disciplinary hearing. There is concern that despite a no contact sport some players are over enthusiastic and with the best of intentions are still knocking into opponents!!
We are pleased that 8 of our group took part in the first Paphos Running Club 5km run or walk. It was a very hot day but we all survived. We picked up some useful contacts on the day and hope to forge our contact with paphos Running Club.
As a matter of interest if any much older people are considering taking up walking football but think they are too old, we have 19 players over the age of 70!!
An exciting new initiative we are working on - paid up members will shortly be receiving a Membership card. We are in the process of contacting companies such as restaurants, tavernas etc to see if we can negotiate a discount scheme. We will arrange a link to their site and give them as much publicity as possible. If anyone has good connections with local businesses, maybe one you use regularly have a word with them and we can arrange a meet. Notify Roger Fear on firstname.lastname@example.org if anyone can help.
News 27 June 2020
Our first week back, well done everyone, its great to be back together, thanks to those that paid their membership payment this week. Wednesday we had 15 members playing and Friday we had 27 members playing, we had 4 new members attended Steve Cheeseman, Neal Manning, Mike Ireson and Kris Kelly so a big welcome to them from Pafos United WFC. Now the hard work of working towards the final of the tournament, which will be sometime end of next month depending on restriction in playing. Finely like to thank both Mark Hignett & John Fitzsimmons for being the referees with the restrictions in place, so well done everyone for your full support.
Statement from Chairman 4 June 2020
Dear all, today I contacted Andreas, AM Fair Games Sports Center, for any updates at this precise moment their is still no change to the restrictions for walking football. We can train or exercise, but no football. He has requested an official update in writing but still waiting, failing to obey the restrictions will result in a 300 euros fine per player and Andreas will be fined 3000 euros. As he stated the Cyprus Health Minister will produce the restrictions for us to restart, so still waiting for permission. So again many thanks for your patience in this matter.
Pafos United W.F.C.
Chairman Report Jan to June 2020
Dear Committee, Referee’s, Registered Player’s & Sponsors, firstly I would like to thank the majority of you for your patience in waiting for our restart date, we stopped as a team and we will restart as a team, so again thank you.
The start of year 2020 began very well, with team bookings or planning to visit our home ground, which we were all looking forward to. The Agenda was well supported by all our members either attending or receiving apologies. The new committee in place has been working well together. The last three months has been a unusual one for many of us, being in self isolation within our home and gardens or stuck abroad waiting to be repatriated home. The three months being in an unknown and unfamiliar territory of a lockdown, with finely a curfew and wondering what was going to occur next. All the prior planning from the committee for the first three months of the year, which we had to unravel and put on hold for those coming months, and move to another new phase, how we can ensure our members safety then or on our restart.
Initially when we heard what was happening throughout the Cyprus and other countries. The Pafos United WFC Committee and being our ethos of Fun, Friendship, Fitness and Football, with our duty of care and knowing how we would feel if we passed the virus on to another member. We decided to preempt playing due to the majority of our members being in the venerable age and illness group we cancelled all future games, our last day playing was the 10th March. As it was Cyprus and UK football clubs cancelled the following week, so I apologise, we may have had another game prior to the lockdown.
I must again thank all Pafos United WFC Committee for your input and excellent feedback on the emails when initially looking at the way forward during the lockdown. I would also like to thank Sandra Quinnell in keeping you all updated with the social calendar situation. Sandra is now looking to arrange something shortly to get us back together, when safe to do. Roger Fear for his dedication by maintaining the regular updates to the local papers and magazines to ensure we keep our space and advertisements within them. Also his regular links with the website designer arranging amendments and updates. He has arranged a visitor’s counter on the Pafos United website, so we can now see the results and benefits of how many viewings. Paul Fraser for badgering me for the monthly money figures received and outgoings. Tony Watson in maintaining updates on the schedule on Heja, numbers, dates and possible training days to enable us to open and play sooner, when it’s safe to do. Billy Smith for completing our stocktaking of all the equipment belonging to the Pafos United WFC, producing a sheet, so we know exactly what we have, need or replacing.
Finely I also like to thank Andreas Menelaou at AM Fair Games Sports Center, for our regular briefing updates, to enable us to look at restarting.
It has been a tough and challenging few months for us all. So again like to thank you all for your patience in this matter, so stay safe now and let’s hope we can restart very shortly. Let us get out there, promote Pafos United WFC, and with hope we come back much stronger, teams rebook and many more walking football games to play between us all.
All the very best, stay safe and healthy
Pafos United WFC
Latest information from Chairman 21 May 2020
Good morning firstly many thanks for all your patience in our walking football teams, the latest directive is very clear of last night. We can train with restrictions, but it clearly states no football. So we still need to wait, again thanks, and, stay safe out there in our latest ease of restrictions.
An updated message from Chairman Malcolm Bushell on 6 May 2020
" Dear all, firstly I hope that you are all ok and staying safe out there. After getting the comittees views on the way forward for the restart of walking football for Fun, Friendship, Fitness and Football with the DUTY OF CARE. The majority of the committee believe we need two things, firstly the full implications of the Presidents speech on starting up being in the vulnerable age group. ,So, we need the guidance of Antreas,and secondly we should wait until at least early June before making a decision for re-starting. This will enable us to gain information on the eradication of the virus ,or a minimal level to meet everyones expectations. So I must apologise until we restart our walking football together, not just some but all of us. I hope that this meets with your expectations of your committee. Stay safe and speak soon.
Goverment Restrictions 2020
We are currently governed by government restrictions and there is no walking football taking place. We are hoping that we will get the go ahead to start again towards the end of May. In the meantime anyone interested in obtaining more information about Walking Football should contact our Chairman or Secretary.
At present a number of our players are stuck in the Uk and we hope that they can soon arrange a safe passage back to Cyprus.
We had friendly matches lined up against a team from Scotland. Unfortunately those plans have had to be scrapped. We hope that we may be able to meet up with them later in the year or more likely in 2021.
Our entertainment programme has been put on hold. More details on the entertainment page.
The final round of the min league is still to be played. As soon as we get the go ahead to play again the final matches will be arranged
The AGM in March agreed that new players once they have been accepted by the management Committee will need to make a payment of 25 euros. This will entitle them to a training top t shirt. There will be a session charge of 5 euros.
The session charge applies to all members. Existing members will now be asked to pay a 10 euro annual membership fee. The amount to be reviewed each year at the AGM.
At the AGM the majority of last years committee was re elected. We welcome new Treasurer Paul Frazier, Kit Co ordinator Billy Smith, referee co ordinator David Morris and Entertainment co ordinator Sandy Quinnell.
The name of the group has now been amended to Pafos United Walking Football Cyprus ie PUWFC
We are pleased that team from Scotland will be coming to play us in April / May details on the flyer below.
In February 2020 we have celebrated our first year in existence. The photo below shows some brave players celebrating the event in the freezing February weather
The AGM has now taken place and members can access the agenda and reports under the forum page. The minutes page indicating a number of changes will be entered on the forum shortly.
A new committee has been set up and details are on the committee page of the main site.
The AGM agreed a disciplinary panel will be set up in the event of any player being sent off.
Our name has now been slightly amended and in future we will be known as Pafos United Walking Football Cyprus.
We have a number of members taking part in the Cyprus 5k walk around Pathos on the 15 March and on the same day one of our members Geoff Dixon will be taking part in the Cyprus marathon raising finance for Friends Hospice.
We are looking to set up a womans section where the emphasis will be on fun ,fitness ,friendship. The main aim is to keep fit but there may be a few footballs involved if that's what is required. We anticipate starting in mid April. In the meantime details can be obtained from Evie on 99758320. All ages from 30 to 80 plus are welcome.
A reminder that members interested in playing in the sessions but contact Tony Watson either via email, phone or via our new booking site Heya. To gain access to heya speak to Tony.
Welcome to Pafos United our new players: Gareth Austin (71), John FItzsimmons (69), Dave Cooper (83), Thomas Reid (81), Andy Husband (80), George Kyrionymou (79), George Herriot (82), Tim Rice (78), & John Walters (77) Most of you have now got your squad numbers.
We currently have 78 registered players, and around 92 who have some kind of involvement with Pafos United. Some are holiday makers that just play when they visit Cyprus, some are non-playing committee members. Our team goes from strength to strength. We have 3 women that play, in fact Emma Baxter is nearly 39 years old and our youngest player at Pafos United, whilst Roy Blatchford who was until a recent injury was playing 3 times a week celebrated his 81st birthday on 20th September. Happy Belated birthday Roy!!
Welcome back to some old faces who have been away for the summer, Paul John, Brian Farquhar, and soon John Kelly will be back throwing himself around the goalmouth! We also look forward to welcoming back Andy Hack (74) & Jayne Hack (75) shortly.
Big Shout out to Bob Quinnell, who sadly injured his shoulder recently and has had to have MRI scans and results weren't particularly positive - he's had to withdraw from the forthcoming NFS Europe.com Mini League 1 that starts Saturday 28th September 2019. Get well soon Bob and hope we'll see you back on the pitch very soon.