PAFOS UNITED WALKING FOOTBALL GROUP
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10  October
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!!

27 September
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.

8 September
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
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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!!

MEMBERSHIP CARDS
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 rfear2222@yahoo.co.uk 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.
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

Malcolm Bushell
Chairman
Pafos United WFC


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