PAPHOS POST 2020/21 EDITIONS
Paphos Post April Edition
Once again our hopes of starting walking football has been dashed with the latest government restrictions failing to allow us to start playing again. The indications are that we should be able to start sometime in April but we have learn over the last four months that this is a waiting game. It is reassuring to hear from a number of members that they have used the enforced delay wisely and have continued to train alone at home.
Our new kit has now been distributed and has met with favourable comments from members. We would like to thank the Acropolis Restaurant in Tremithousa for allowing us to use their facility as a distribution point.
Our much delayed mini league 2 sponsored by TWENTY4SEVEN SECURITY is due to start again in mid April and the presentation of medals to the winners will be combined with our delayed Presentation dinner. The date will again depend on government allowing live music to be played. We have a large number of donated prizes that will be used via a raffle to raise money for our chosen charities.
We are already making plans for the third mini league and are delighted that we have already attracted a new sponsor in Zephros Adventure Sports. They will also become our official photographer through Lee Stevens.
Our photo this month shows some of the members of our womens ladies team. they are always pleased to welcome new members and it isn't necessary to have any previous football skills.
PAFOS UNITED WALKING FOOTBALL
Once again we are hanging around kicking our heels instead of a football as we wait patiently for the Government to release restrictions and allow us to continue playing the game we all love.A number of our players have slowly returned from the Uk with others still trying to catch flights back.
There is good news however in that we have been informed that our new kit is now ready for export from the Uk. We are in the hands of distribution companies as to when we might expect to receive it. There will be a number of logos on the kit from both old and new sponsors.
From 1 January a number of new laws have been introduced by the Walking Football Association and these are now on our website. We have made some amendments to our playing conditions and our Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening sessions will include more training and coaching than there has been in the past. It will be followed by a friendly practice match. The Friday session will concentrate on practice matches.
A new initiative will be once a month to play age group matches which will prepare teams for when we play matches against other clubs. This is in addition to our popular mini league matches. The age group matches will have a handicap system still being worked on. It will mean that our over 70s will be given some advantage maybe in terms of goals when they play the over 50s!
We offer belated congratulations to one of our players/referee, Dave Hatton who took advantage of the enforced break to get married.
Despite the lockdown we are still getting contact from prospective players.
Paphos Post December edition
Another month has gone by and we are still unable to start walking football due to government restrictions. Fingers crossed we can start again in January.
Our Annual Presentation Dinner had to be postponed until the end of January and our mini league has also been rescheduled. However it hasn't all been negative news. We have attracted new sponsors and these will have their logos added to our new kit which is due to be launched in February. We welcome GS building company to our list of sponsors and we are delighted to have Viva radio as our new media sponsor. It means that they will be carrying regular reports on our activities and on 15 February they will be doing a live broadcast from our home ground at Fairgame Sports Centre.
We have now introduced a new post of Commercial and Events Co ordinator. This is partly as a result of a number of teams from the UK and beyond showing interest in coming to Cyprus to take part in friendly matches and tournaments.
Our oldest player Roy Blatchford has decided at the age of 82 its time he hung up his boots. Roy has been with us almost two years and enjoyed both playing and the social side. We are pleased that Roy is staying on as a social member. Another older player Dave Hatton has also stopped playing but is joining our list of referees.
Paphos Post November edition
We have been enjoying the slightly cooler temperatures and playing walking football has become a lot less testing than playing in the hot August sun. However our enjoyment has been halted by the latest restrictions and we will have to wait till the end of November at the latest.
Nevertheless we had plenty of activities before lockdown. We had an entertaining match between our formidable womens team and the over 70s mens team which the women ran out winners by 5-1, striker Ann Brierely scoring a hat trick for the women.
Our monthly Twenty4 Seven mini league continues with leaders StroumbiPirates failing to win their two matches. Geriskipou player Alan Clark was voted Player of the Day. Off the pitch we had a morning of golf football ,great fun with the winner being Malcom Newell.
Walking football continues to be the fastest growing sport world wide.Our invitation to teams to apply to join us in an international tournament next year has resulted in teams worldwide expressing interest.
In addition we continue to attract new sponsors the most recent being Focused Therapy and Eye Contact, the latter sponsoring the kit of our referees. With new sponsors on board we have decided to launch a new kit which hopefully will coincide with our AGM in February.
However it isn't all about tournaments. Many of our players enjoy the friendly mid week sessions played usually at a leisurely walking pace!. We have to stress to new players that is essential to have a long warm up session before taking part in matches, They usually find they are using muscle that have been dormant for years. It does take a while to get fit to compete even in the lighthearted sessions.
Pathos Post October edition
We continue to attract new players both male and female. Walking Football is suitable for all ages over 50 and we were pleased when one of our members recently reached 80 years old meaning we now have two players over that age.. A lot of younger people could learn a lot by watching these two moving around the pitch.
We suffered a setback this month when our hard working Chairman Malcolm Bushell decided to take a rest due to health problems. However Malcolm is hoping to be back early in the New Year. In the meantime vice chairman Roger Fear assisted by the rest of the committee is ensuring we keep everything running smoothly. We have recently had a couple of long term injuries and we wish both Alli Johnstone and Mick Craven a quick recovery and hope they are back with us soon. Thankfully serious injuries are rare and our coaches ensure before we play matches that a proper warm up session is carried out.
Our mini league played monthly continues and one of our teams,Stroumbi Pirates, remain unbeaten after 4 games. After the last round of matches players retired to the Hogshead Taverna where the Player of the Day award was presented to Roger Fear. The Player of the Month Award went to Paul John (pic attached).
We continue to attract sponsors and recently Temptations Tea House, Geriskipou, Sugar café and Lounge Bar Peyia and Focussed Therapy have joined the list. In addition we now have 40 local businesses in our popular discount scheme. Membership cards are now available to non playing members. More details contact , email@example.com
We are now involved in collecting money for two local charities the "Pay It Forward Scheme (meals)" and Cancer Patient Support Group. A number of events are being lined up.
Further details are on our website www.pafosunitedwalkingfootball.com
More information on our activities contact Charlie on 96742836
September 2020 Edition
Another hectic month for Pafos united Walking football Cyprus.
We welcomed Grahan Collier an England Walking Football International and as it was the second year he had visited it was interesting to hear how much he thought we had progressed.
Our womens team had their first competitive match against our over 70s and the women won 1-0.The excuse for losing from the over 70s was that the women were younger and fitter.
Our new mini league has gained a sponsor in Twenty4Seven Systems Ltd .The first match started at 8 15 am in an effort to avoid the heat.By the time of the second match at 9 15 the players started to slow down but thankfully no serious injuries Congratulations to Trevor Truman which received the Player of the day award after scoring four goals.
Our player if the month award went to one of our older members Billy Osborne. Billy rarely misses a session,has improved his skills considerably and is a great team member always encouraging others around him.
We dont just play football we have an active social side with golf football, and a musical evening being arranged by our active entertainment guru Sandy.
We have attracted even more sponsors as the news of Walking football spreads and our busy website gives great exposure to sponsors and our new discount scheme.
August 2020 Edition
We are now up and running or should that be walking after lockdown. . Both our evening and morning sessions are well attended by new and old members but we have reduced playing time in the mornings due to the extreme heat, Our current age level is over 50s men and over 35 women. If any older men would like to come long but think they may be too old 'we have 19 members over the age of 70 so never too old to " have a go".
We were finally able to present our February Player of the Month Award to Keith Harrison. Keith stranded in the UK prevented us presenting it earlier.
Our mini league was due to be completed at the end of July . Our next mini league starts in September and we are making plans for our second charity day in September. Future Off field activities include a barbecue, ten pin bowling and a winery trip. In response to a number of enquiries we will shortly be announcing a supporters membership card. In addition we are working with local businesses to provide discount to members and we will provide links to our busy web site. ( over 1000 hits since April). Anyone interested in more details email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eight of our group joined the Paphos running club first monthly 5k beach run/walk. Everyone finished and a well organised event was enjoyed by all. We look forward to the next one and forging our link with the Running Club.
July 2020 Edition
Pafos United Walking Football
After three months of inactivity it was decided to start walking football on Wednesday 24 June. This is our evening session with the first daytime session on Friday 26 June.
We are grateful for the advice from the Ministry of Sport and the owner of the venue where we play. Our committee have drawn up certain restrictions and all players will be aware before starting the sessions.
During the lockdown we received a number of enquiries from possible new members and we look forward to welcoming back new and old members. We will be restricting numbers and it is essential anyone wishing to play should contact us beforehand.
Our chairman Malcolm Bushell has written his 6 monthly review and highlighted the positives that have been achieved despite the hindrance of lockdown. The full report can be read on our website.
We are already planning new events including out Presentation evening to winners of our mini league after its completion in July. Our annual charity day with Rock FM to take place sometime in September is also being planned. We have a number of other exciting projects in the pipeline as we continue to spread the word about walking football