PAPHOS POST 2022 EDITIONS
May edition 2022
In the last month we have enjoyed the company of visitors from Ladies football team from Midlothian Scotland who played two matches against our Ladies team.We won an entertaining first game but in the second we narrowly lost a highly skilled match 2-1.
The three teams in Cyprus from Polis,Athrodite and Pathos have joined forces to arrange a womans open Day.This will take place at Fairgame Sports Centre in Tremathusia on Sunday 3rd July from 10 0 am to 1 pm. The day will encourage interested new players with or without experience ,to come along and learn about walking football, take part in skill sessions and watch or take part in kick abouts. More information from Evie on 99 758320 or Lynn on 99 277364.
This will be a fun filled morning with refreshments available and open to 30 upto 80 year olds. Just bring trainers and have a go. Its fun and friendship.
Our Player of the month for April was appropriately awarded to one of our new women players Kate Jones. Kate has been an inspiration since she started with her enthusiasm and skill and richly deserved.
Both our men and women were due to play matches against uk team Thame wfc,the latest in a number of uk teams due to visit the island.
Off the pitch we are having a number of social events with regular monthly lunchtime get togethers .
April Edition 2022
We were delighted to welcome players from Blackburn Walking Football club who played two matches against us in March. They came to us with a very high reputation and indeed their under 60 team gave us a lesson in walking football winning 8-0.
However our over 60s team showed the benefit of playing together by drawing the match 1 -1made all the more remarkable as the Blackburn team have recently competed and won in a National competition.
After the matches the teams enjoyed a buffet at the Local taverna. They were surprised by the appearance of Pafos United captain Jason Puncheon who raffled one of his shirts.
Our womens team are due to play a team from Scotland in late April having previously played a Scotland select team. We have unfortunately lost a few of our women players and we are shortly to start a campaign to attract more women players to the club. We are grateful.to Viva FM who are helping us in our campaign.
We have now started a short competition between our various age groups which will give them experience before playing matches against a number of visiting teams this year from the UK.
Our Player of the Month for March went to one of our most experienced players who excelled in the match against Blackburn.
March Edition 2022
Its been an eventful month with the ending of our mini league 3 competition when the outcome went to the last game
finishing up with The One Emba coming from behind to win the competition in the dying moments.We are grateful to Billy Osbourne for donating the trophy.
Our next competition will be divided into age groups so we can gell together before taking on new teams.
We had the exciting news that Blackburn Walking football club confirmed matches with us at the and of March,the first of a number of teams to.come to play us this year.The month was also memorable as the three clubs in the area have joined up to arrange a referees course and ten members took part in a zoom course with a referees instructor in the Uk.
Our new social secretary Neil Bushe arranged a curry at Deligate curry house and over 30 members and partners enjoyed the occasion.
We were sorry to say goodbye to one of our women members as Lucy Saunders returned to the UK.We are in the process of launching a campaign to attract more women members.more details next month.
Our Player of the Month for February was awarded to one of our newest members Nicos Antoniades Nicos has impressed with not only his skill and work rate but also how quickly he settled into the club.
We must give out congratulations to our own Geoff Dixon who completed the Pafos marathon in atrocious conditions in 4 hrs 15 minutes not bad for someone approaching 70!
February Edition 2022
On February 5th we celebrated our third anniversary. It's amazing how quickly the time has gone and how far we have moved forward in that time.Our founder Malcolm Bushell could never have envisaged how the club would have expanded. Malcolm's plus the original committees excellent work has been carried on by new chairman Tony Watson assisted by a new committee. We will holding a celebration to mark the event later in the year.
We now have over 80 members with a number of sponsors and businesses supporting us. We are pleased to call the Fairgame Sport Centre our home and have had great support from the owner Andreas.
We are now getting ready for our first meeting with visitors from the UK.Blackburn walking football group will be our first visitors in March.
We have had recent changes in the club with Sandy Quinnell stepping down as Social Co ordinaor with Neil Bushe taking over the role. Graham Ward has taken over as Head Coach from Steve Drew.
Our Player of the Month award went to Dave Buckley who stepping in as a goalkeeper has performed wonders between the stick
At present we have ten women members and are anxious to increase our numbers.This month we are launching a publicity campaign to attract more women members.Whilst some of our women players have had previous experience there are others who just came along to give walking football a try and have stayed with is.
January Edition 2022
Pafos United Walking Football
We had the unusual experience this month of having to cancel one of our sessions due to a waterlogged pitch! This was only the third time in our three year existence that a session has had to be cancelled,the previous ones because of heavy rain.
In early December we played a series of matches against our friends from Polis and Latchi Lions. We were rather depleted by unavailability and injuries on the night but that doesnt take away the deserved overall victory by our opponents. We look forward to the return match in February.
Our Player of the Month award went to Maurice Lobas.Maurice is a regular player who came to us with limited experience but has greatly improved over the months and was selected to play in our recent challenge match at Polis.
We always ensure that we abide by Covid restrictions and a surprise visit by the Covid Police found that we were all conforming with the restrictions.It does mean that we have had to restrict the number of players in and around each pitch .
We have recently joined forces with the other two walking football groups in Cyprus to form the Cyprus Walking Football Federstion.The aim is to ensure that the clubs play to the same laws and have common objectives.In addition matches will be set up between the clubs.
Off the pitch we continue to enjoy social activities .We had an enjoyable evening watching some of our members who were part of the Phoenix Club pantomime. This was followed by a Chinese meal .Later in December over 30 of us enjoyed a gathering at the Local.