Join Us at ‘Walking Football’ Again at St Finbarrs or the Oval

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A Happy Team Photo of the 'Walking Football' Participants YesterdayThe increasingly popular health through sport initiative for the over 50s, ‘Walking Football’ continues to be available in Coventry and district. Locally, each ‘Walking Football’ event is organised by  Sky Blue in the Community (SBiTC)  supremo, former Sky Blue defender and CCFPA member David Busst along with SBiTC’s Hiedi Sloan. The sessions which are supported by, amongst others, CCFPA, Cov Support News Service and CCFC Diamond Club take place from 10:30am until noon at a cost of £3 which includes refreshments.  You can find out more by contacting 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

SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)The mix of Sky Blue fans, Association committee members, CCFPA Associate Members, and our full members, usually include some of our most well respected former players like Dietmar Bruck, Ian Goodwin and Dave Bennett.

The sessions are specifically designed for over 50s who wish to exercise gently and enjoyably through football in the company of friends and they try to ensure that all play is at kept at walking pace and running is penalised! You have two choices to join us in Warwickshire:- at one of its first bases, St. Finbarr’s Sports & Social Club (303 Holbrooks Lane CV6 4DG) every Thursday or at Bedworth Town’s ground, the Bedworth Oval every Monday morning.

Why not come along and join in the next sessions of ‘Walking Football’ at St Finbarr’s on Thursday (9th July) and Bedworth Oval next Monday (13th July) and keep fit during the close season?

Sheffers & Doyler Now Fixed Up for 2015-16

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Gary in the Sky Blue

Gary in the Sky Blue

Two popular former Sky Blues (and CCFPA members) who had not been offered contract renewals by their existing clubs at the end of the 2014-15 season have now found themselves a new contract.

‘Cov kid’ and Sky Blue favourite Gary McSheffrey who had two spells with the Sky Blues (1998-2006 & 2010-13) came to the end of his contract at Scunthorpe United having scored four times (including one against CCFC)  in 37 appearances for them in the last League One campaign. After initially it seemed he would have to look for a new club the Irons manager (and former Sky Blue gaffer) Mark Robins has offered Sheffers a new one year contract and Gary will hope to feature in their 2015-16 season opener at newly promoted Burton Albion on Saturday, 8 August.

Doyler in the Sky Blue

Doyler in the Sky Blue

Tenacious midfielder Michael Doyle (2003-11) was another former Sky Blue who put the boot into his former club by scoring against CCFC in 2014-15.  Michael has been a linch pin of the Sheffield United side since joining them from the Sky Blues in 2011 and has been club captain for a while. In fact the strike against the Sky Blues last was his only goal of the season in which he appeared 56 times for the Blades. After becoming a free agent after being released by the Sheffield club at the end of last season (with some speculation about a Ricoh return) the former Coventry City captain has now signed for Portsmouth FC.

The Republic Of Ireland and former Celtic player has signed a one year deal and said to Portsmouth’s club website: “I’m happy that it’s all done. Now I want to crack on and try to help this club move back up through the divisions again. This is a massive club and if you achieve something here then you’ll always be remembered. There’s a lot of pressure when you’re at a big side and I’m sure it will be no different here, but that’s something I enjoy. People will make us favourites to win promotion, so we need to make sure we can live up to those expectations. The club are making the right statements off the pitch and now it’s up to us to do a job on it.”

Good luck to both Gary and Michael in the coming season, except of course when Scunny takes on the Sky Blues!

Associate Member Early Bird Renewal Discount Ends Tomorrow!

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CCFPA Darker Logo 2012Our 70 or so existing Associate members (AMs) provide an important underpinning for our activities both with their subscriptions and their active support of our events. We rely very much on their continued support and we are always very pleased to hear from anyone who wants to sign up as a new AM (especially for the coming season). We know you know and value the fact we are a totally independent organisation run entirely by a dedicated committee of volunteers.

Please note the deadline for our ‘earlybird’ encouragement to Associate members to rejoin CCFPA is at close of play tomorrow (Tuesday 7th July).  AMs confirming their renewal payment with our Membership Secretary by then may do so at a reduced payment of £12 for the new season. This discount also applies to any new AM applications by tomorrow (for payment options see below). After this date new or renewed AM membership will revert to £15 – the same as last year.

Sarah Morris PortraitEnquiries and payments about Associate Memberships for 2015-16 should be made to Sarah-Jane Morris, CCFPA Membership Secretary, 43, Aldermans Green Road, Coventry CV2 1PS  or via telephone on 07725205799 or you may prefer to email her on: sarah.janemorris@btinternet.com. She will be able to send you an application form and receive your completed membership form and payment. Alternatively, you can download an associate members form from this website via the ‘Join Us’ tab (top right) -please use Sarah’s address for return rather than that on the form. All payment cheques should be made out to ‘CCFPA’ or you may pay electronically to CCFPA’s Account at Lloyds Bank (sort code 30-96-20) Account No.00742803. Please email Chairman Jim Brown first (clarriebourton@gmail.com) to confirm that this is your intention. Please hurry to obtain the £3 discount!

Sky Blue Walking Football Veterans Miss Out on Today’s National Finals

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Ken (centre back row) in Team 1 Walking-2 Dean (Back row 2nd left) in Team 2

Dean (Back row 2nd left) in Team 1

Ken (centre back row) in Team 1

Ken (centre back row) in Team 2

 

 

 

 

 

Some readers might be wondering how the senior players representing Coventry City in the Regional Stage of the FL Trust Walking Football Tournament at Derby over a week ago (26th June 2015) got on. The veterans who represented the Sky Blues have all supported the SBiTC Walking Football initiative in Coventry and district over the last year or so. They included both former CCFC player and Association member Ken Brown and CCFPA committee member Dean Nelson as well as Bruce Doe, Phil Host, John Corden, Ken Tromans, John Clarke, Brian Stansfield, Ron Bannister, Russell Watkin, Paul Latham, John Taylor, David Birch and John Sawyer (teams pictured above)

Sad to say neither team made progress against teams drawn from Walking Football veterans representing Derby County, Shrewsbury Town, Walsall and Notts County.  The Coventry teams found the unusual short format (10 minute games) not to their liking and their manager, former Sky Blue defender (and former CCFPA committee member) David Busst was unhappy with some of the refereeing which seemed to allow unpenalised over-robust play by opponents as well as, at times, action which exceeded walking pace contrary to both the letter and spirit of the format’s regulations. Our two teams sadly lost all of their eight games, some of them substantially.

The two winners from this region go on to contest the national finals at The FA’s prestigious St George’s Park today (Monday 6th July) playing against the winners of four other regions who have been whittled down from over 60 teams representing their local Football League Club playing in their official colours.