Another session of the ‘Walking Football’ initiative organised by SBitC Supremo (and Association member) David Busst and his team took place last Thursday/yesterday afternoon. Two dozen Coventry over 50s turned up to give the gentle exercise a go and a number of others also turned out to watch. This was an excellent turnout and allowed a round robin tournament of 4 teams of six to take place.
These are a regular series of events on future Thursday mornings (not Xmas day!). CCFPA committee members Frank Pritchard, Sarah Morris and Billy Bell were three of several Association members including veteran former players of CCFC who turned up again to support the event. The team picture above shows the happy Xmas band which also included Ken Brown, Bill Tedds and Ian Goodwin and AM Kevin Monks. Frank sent this report with pictures:-
“A fantastic turn-out just a week before Christmas for Walking Football at St Finbarrs, one or two still carrying slight knocks or pulls but all survived the ‘warm-up’ so no late fitness tests required! All had been welcomed punctually by David & Hiedi with a warm drink from Sarah & Gracie but it was soon down to business with much bending and stretching to avoid the injuries that some had sustained previously. We had a lone spectator, CCFPA member Graham Walker who was declared fit but had to leave early because of a prior engagement.
David (Busst) split the 24 participants into 4 teams of 6, so we had a ’round-robin’ with each team playing three games
I was once again handed a ‘yellow’ bib so played for the Wasps alongside Billy Tedds and despite the teams strenuous efforts we were narrowly beaten 2-1, although pleased to say I scored our consolation goal. Associate member CT’s Mike Malyon (still feeling the effects of a tight hamstring) kept a couple of clean sheets as we recovered to notch consecutive 1-0 wins and I managed a second goal, squeezing a near-post effort past the stranded Kev Monks.
CCFPA Vice Chairman Billy Bell put in another good shift but was unfortunate to have a goal ruled-out. Ian Goodwin put himself about but (AM) Dave Coulson suffered some discomfort from his calves. The CCFC former player who deserved the most credit however was the ever youthful looking Ken Brown who defied his 80 years to complete competitively in all 3 games! Unfortunately David Busst‘s technology let him down and declared the tournament ‘an honourable draw’ as he could not name the outright winning team.
Also taking part were Alan & Kath (from the Diamond Club) as well as a number of regular Sky Blues supporters who are looking forward to Saturday’s game against Fleetwood. Walking Football now takes a two week break over Christmas & New Year but David, Hiedi & Sarah look forward to welcoming both regulars and newcomers on 8th January. A very merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to one and ALL”
Anyone over 50 can join the CCFPA crowd on Thursdays from 8th January 2015 at St. Finbarr’s Sports & Social Club (303 Holbrooks Lane CV6 4DG). Kick off is at 10:30 am to noon you can find out more by contacting the Sky Blues in the Community Team by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , or Telephone: 02476 786 314, or Text: 07813 455 531.