PAFOS UNITED WALKING FOOTBALL CYPRUS
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.

February edition

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 cafĂ© 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 , rfear2222@yahoo.co.uk

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 rfear2222@yahoo.co.uk.

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

At last!!
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
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 cmes.og@gmail.com 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!!
April 2020 Edition Paphos Post

Pafos Walking Football Cyprus  has like all other sports organisations in Cyprus been affected by the decision to close sports facilities for at least a month. We had already made the decision to postpone our practice sessions before receiving the directive from the government.  It has meant a lot of re organising with the last round of our mini league being put on hold until some time in April. After the last round of matches top of the table Coral Park Rovers suffered two defeats which means that any of three teams could win the title when we finally pay the last round.

We are keeping our fingers crossed that our friendly matches with a team from Alloa in Scotland will go ahead at the end of April but it looks increasingly likely they wont be able to get a flight in time.  We have also decided to  defer our trip to play a team in Crete.

We are now proud owners  of leisure shirts  with our own logo on as we spread the word about walking football. We also have pennants  printed and our picture shows Emma Baxter one of the regular women players  proudly showing off the new addition to our supplies. We are delighted that we have now attracted our 4th woman player who  certainly didn't look out of place in her first training session. We are intending to hold a keep fit for women on a Wednesday evening to be taken by our own coach  Evie Johnstone. This may be delayed  waiting for the go ahead to re start  our sessions.

we were pleased to hear that a new walking football group has started in Pissouri and some of our own members made a visit there a few weeks ago to add our support to their  new venture.


Our Player of the month Award for February has gone to Keith Harrison. He probably wont know yet as he is stranded somewhere abroad. Keith is another regular player who plays his game in a quiet unassuming way but its noticeable
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Phone number   96645449
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Industrial Area, Tremithousa, 8250,
Paphos, Cyprus
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