Go Walking Football in Cov. Tomorrow with SBiTC & CCFPA

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Brucky still dazzles

Brucky still dazzles

SBiTC’s Cov based Walking Football is on again tomorrow, Thursday 1st September 2016. Now summer is on the wane why not join other sporting over 50s and get healthy and fit with a bunch of new friends?

SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)Why not join the happy band of senior football players tomorrow at St.Finbarr’s Sport & Social Club, 303 Holbrooks Lane, Coventry CV6 4DG where the sessions are run this and every Thursday. The sessions are designed to offer gentle but competitive exercise for the over 50s and start before 10.30am running through to around noon. All it costs is £3 (including hot and cold refreshments). So, if you want to come look sharpish, dust off  your old football boots/trainers and get along to St Finbarrs!

Assorted CCFPA Members & Sky Blue Shirts!

Assorted CCFPA Members & Sky Blue Shirts!

CCFPA full members including the likes of Dietmar Bruck, Ron Farmer, Ken Brown, Bill Tedds, Ian Goodwin, Dave Bennett, committee members Dean Nelson, Billy Bell and Frank Pritchard and a number of Associate Members can often be found amongst the participants and supporters at the sessions (at least 30 regularly turn up usually including a few newbies!), so why not join the regulars?

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Defenders await a Walking Football Tackle

If you can’t make this session there is another regular event locally too in Bedworth next and every Tuesday (same time and cost) held at Bedworth Town FC’s Oval ground.  Both sets of friendly events are run by CCFC’s Sky Blues In The Community run by former Sky Blue defender (and CCFPA member) Dave Busst and have always been supported by the Coventry City Diamond Club, Coventry City Former Players Association  and Covsupport News Service and their members.

For more information about the sessions at both sites you can contact Sky Blues in the Community’s Health Manager, Hiedi Sloan (telephone: 02476 786 314 Text: 07813 455 531 or by email: hiedi.sloan@ccfc.co.uk). SBiTC can also be contacted at sbitc@ccfc.co.uk

Cobblers Supporters Trust’s Generous Donation to CCFC’s Family Zone

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The Donation Cheque Displayed in the Ricoh before the game

The Donation Cheque Displayed in the Ricoh before the game

An under-reported event at last Saturdays 1-1 stalemate between the Sky Blues and near neighbours Northampton Town was a wonderful gesture from the Cobblers’ Supporters Trust to CCFC’s Family Zone.

Despite residual tension between some fans and CCFC following the Sky Blues adopting (thankfully briefly) the Town’s Sixfields home as an unpopular and unwarranted second ‘home’ a couple of seasons ago the two clubs have nevertheless fostered many important links more widely over the years. Indeed the Cobblers’ current manager is a former Sky Blue defender (and CCFPA member) Robert Page. Also, Aaron Phillips came on as a second half sub in the game which finished honours even. Aaron was, until last season a young Sky Blue player showing much potential, and he just happens to be the son of the Sky Blues 1987 F.A.Cup winner, and Association member, David Phillips.

CCFPA Associate member Pat Raybould and her team of volunteers have run the club’s Family Zone for the last few seasons in an exemplary way encouraging and entertaining the youngest generation of Sky Blue supporters every Saturday matchday before the game starts. CCFPA, CCFC and other bodies have supported this important work in a variety of ways in the past as it costs money to provide the fun and games on offer to the junior Sky Blues and their families. Now, the Town’s Supporters’ Trust has made a magnificent donation of £500 to their activities and the cheque was presented to Pat and some of the JSB’s before the start of the game in the Ricoh (see above).

SBiTC’s Walking Football With CCFPA Members At Bedworth Later Today

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CCFC Walking Football

Walking Football has been becoming increasingly popular across the UK and Sky Blues in the Community have embedded the game in the Coventry area and we know that Walking Football will increase both social and physical activity opportunities for older people in the city. Walking Football is simply a slow-paced version of the beautiful game. It is designed to help people have an active lifestyle regardless of their age and ability, as well as get people back playing football. It’s a great way to keep fit, learn skills, have fun and socialise all at the same time.

CCFPA, the CCFC Diamond Club and Cov Support News service all support SBiTC’s Walking Football initiative and many of our members (associates and committee men alike) as well as some of our older former player members like Bill Tedds, Dave Bennett, Dave Busst, Ken Brown, Ron Farmer and Ian Goodwin can often be seen supporting the sessions.  So if you want to play with one of the CCFC veterans in a fun atmosphere whilst keeping fit get down to one of the sessions!

Tuesday Sessions
10:30am-12:00pm at Bedworth FC’s ground –The Oval, Coventry Rd, Bedworth, CV12 8NN

Thursday Sessions
In Coventry from 10:30am-12:00pm at St Finbarrs Sports & Social Club, 303 Holbrook Lane, Coventry, CV6 4DG

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Each session costs £3 to participate in and the Sky Blues Team including CCFPA members serve refreshments before and after the Walking Football – providing a comfortable and social atmosphere for all involved. The Walking Football side of things generally involves a warm up followed by a round-robin format of games to ensure everyone gets plenty of playing time. The sessions are proving to be very popular and we are always looking to welcome new people.

If you want to find out more about the Walking Football scheme, you can contact the Sky Blues in the Community Team. Email: sbitc@ccfc.co.uk , Telephone: 02476 786 314, or Text: 07813 455 531.

There’s time to get to Bedworth Oval today if you get your skates/boots on now!!! See you there!

Greg Downs Sees The Sky Blues Get Yet Another Home Draw against the Cobblers

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Greg and the Wembley Winners of 30 years ago

Greg and the Wembley Winners of 30 years ago

CCFPA’s ‘special guest’ at last Saturday’s localish derby against Northampton Town was popular Sky Blue F.A.Cup winning hero Greg Downs. The former Sky Blue full-back was in his usual good form and had an interesting day with us at the Ricoh to say the least! He was greatly looking forward to meeting some of his friends from the victorious 1987 squad and is pictured (right) in front of them. He later met up with the likes of CCFPA committee member Dave Bennett, current CCFC goalkeeping coach Steve Ogrizovic and game assessor Micky Gynn who were also at the game.

Micky & Greg before the game

Micky & Greg before the game

Regular readers will be aware that after his arrival, as usual with all our Saturday ‘special guests’, Greg paid a visit before the game to the Family Zone, home of the Junior Sky Blues, located under the Ricoh stands where he met many of the club’s youngest fans and their families as they joined in with the pre-match entertainment lined up by CCFPA Associate Member (AM) Pat Raybould and her team of volunteers.

Greg. Sky Blue Sam & Ben in the FZ

Greg. Sky Blue Sam & Ben in the FZ

As yesterday’s post revealed in detail this visit proved exceptional as Greg (and current young Sky Blue star Ben Stevenson) were asked to assist another AM Amy-Louise Swatman‘s Charity ‘Brave the Shave’ by taking the first cuts of her long tresses (see yesterday’s post for full coverage). Greg, as once previously at a Sky Blue game, thought more than twice about fashioning a wig to cover his bald pate!!

Frank talks to MoM Jodi Jones

Frank talks to MoM Jodi Jones

Also before the start of the game Greg toured the Ricoh supporters lounges in the company of CCFPA committee man Frank Pritchard (deputising for the usual club host former Sky Blue (and CCFPA member) Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts). Frank introduced Greg and Ben to the Sky Blues fans and discussed the prospects for the game and season with the two men (and later assisted with the Man-of -the-Match Award to exciting young Sky Blue forward, Jodi Jones.

Greg with the BBC CWR team

Greg with the BBC CWR team

 

 

 

 

As far as the game is concerned, as usual with our ‘special guests’ Greg watched it from the Press Box in the company of the BBC CWR live matchday commentary team and provided expert commentary and analysis for them as the Cobblers scored in the first half entirely against the run of play but City’s Marcus Tudgay saved Sky Blue blushes with a deserved second half equaliser.

Town, of course, are managed by Association member Rob Page (and assisted as a sub by recent acquisition from the Sky Blues, Aaron Phillips, who just happens to be the son of Greg’s ex F.A.Cup winning colleague David Phillips (a fellow CCFPA member). The Sky Blues continue to lack a cutting edge to turn the many chances created into goals and points as they were denied their first League One win and had to be content with a 1-1 draw, their third home draw in succession this season.

Greg & Billy at lady Gs

Greg & Billy at lady Gs

Despite the disappointing score, in his live comments both on the radio & internet during the game as well as when interviewed after the game by CCFPA vice chair Billy Bell on the stage of the Lady Gs in the Ricoh’s G-casino, Greg could find many positives about the Sky Blues performances and thought the team’s jigsaw puzzle would be solved with the return of some of the squad who had suffered early injuries (and perhaps some new acquisitions). The Q&A covered, as might be expected with Billy and Greg, not just serious analysis but produced some entertaining banter which greatly amused the observers! Thanks Greg – hope to see you back at a CCFPA event soon!