PAPHOS POST EDITIONS


Paphos Post- September edition


It has been a very busy month with good support for all the Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday sessions despite the hot weather. The morning sessions have started at 8.30 am to avoid the worse of the heat but by 10 30 many of the players have been craving drinks.

We completed the last of the 1st Mini league outstanding matches from March. the eventual winners were Coral Bay Rovers and the players received their awards at a barbecue held in the evening. Our next mini league sponsored by Twenty4 Seven  starts in September. Our social scene then continued with an evening of ten pin bowling,

We had our first friendly matches and  played against Aphrodite Wanderers and we managed to avoid defeat in all the matches. A return fixture has been  arranged later in the month . Our opponents are very new to walking Football and gave a spirited performance in matches played in excellent spirit.

We are delighted that we have attracted more women players and although some of them have never kicked a football their enthusiasm is great to see. They are improving with every performance and they are due to play a match against our over 70s in a few weeks time.


Our Player of the Month for July went to one of the founder members Roger Fear. Roger is far too modest to say how he won the award as he writes this column. Suffice to say his ability in goal after failing to impress as a defender probably won him the award!!


Our new discount scheme is due to be launched in next few days. We already have over 25 companies supporting us. Anyone interested in joining the scheme  as  a business  or as a supporter should email rfear2222@yahoo.co.uk


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