June 2020 Edition Paphos Post
It has been another month without any football action as we count the days before we can get back to some form of normality.
Our Committee has taken the decision that bearing in mind the age group of a number of our players we should err on the side of caution. This means we are unlikely to restart our training sessions until the early part of June. A lot depends on the government advice we receive and the willingness of players to re strart. The decision of the committee has been met with an excellent response from players who understand the need for caution.
However a number of players have been busy with keep fit exercises in their own home or raising money for good causes.
Our secretary Ian Charlesworth (Charlie) and his son Ellis have discovered table tennis and decided to raise funds for front line staff in the UK NET (National Emergency Trust) and Cyprus equivalent. They decided to play a sponsored 500 point match and to date have raised over 615 euros , There is still time to sponsor them contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Congratulations to Ellis who recently celebrated his 15th birthday for his worthwhile efforts and their chief supporter sister Scarlett who celebrated her 11th birthday in May.
Their effort comes after another player Geoff Dixon due to run the Cyprus marathon raised money for the Friends Hospice. After the marathon was cancelled Geoff took it on himself to run one on his own. In difficult circumstances he was just 5 kilometres from the finish when his legs, brain and memory gave out. Nevertheless all the money raised was passed to the Hospice.
May 2020 edition Paphos Post
It hasn't been the month we anticipated back in January . We were due to meet a team from Scotland coming over to play five matches against us. We were due to complete our mini league with three team in with a chance of winning the title. We were looking forward to two social evenings and a barbecue. However in the enforced lockdown the important thing is that as far as we know all of our players have remained safe from the virus.
We are now hoping that we will be given the go ahead to start again towards the end of May. In the mean time we have been encouraging players to keep their exercises going in their home. Once our sessions re commence our coaches will be putting us through rigorous paces to see who kept to doing their exercises and who were little lax in doing exercises!
We have recently been contacted by a 77 year old who asked if he could come and join our sessions. We are delighted to welcome older players and indeed we have in excess of 15 players over the age of 70. We make sure in our practice sessions we have a range of ages in each team so that we don't have a team of 50 year old competing against the older age groups. The aim always has been to make the sessions enjoyable. we dont want older players getting disheartened if they feel they cant keep up with younger players, We might add that some of out 70 plus players are fitter that some of the younger ones!
We are pleased to add leisure shirts to our range of kit and our Chairman and secretary proudly modelled the shirts just before the lockdown (see photo elsewhere on the site), We do have shirts available in all sizes!!