Bedduth Walking Football Returns Tomorrow at the Oval After Easter Break

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Walking Football BedduthTuesday Walking Football at Bedworth Oval is on again tomorrow (Tuesday 25th April 2017) after its Easter break so why get yourself fit for the football close season and join Sky Blues in the Community’s happy band of over 50s? If you are quick, there’s still time to get your boots on and get down to Bedworth Oval!

SBiTC (run by CCFPA member and former Sky Blue Dave Busst) 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.

Ken & Frank: Walking Football Stalwarts

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. 

bedduthwalking4So if you want to play with one of the CCFC veterans in a fun atmosphere whilst keeping fit get down to one of the three sessions!

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

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

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.

Hope You Had A Great 41st Birthday Yesterday, Hucks!

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Darren in 1997

Darren in 1997

CCFPA would like to send belated Birthday wishes to CCFPA member Darren Huckerby, one of the most exciting players to have pulled on a Sky Blue shirt in recent years! He was born in Nottingham on 23rd April 1976 and was, therefore 41 yesterday.

‘Hucks’, famous for his mazy penetrating runs at Premier League defences and several memorable goals, came to the Sky Blues from Newcastle United in November 1996 for £1m. In 109 first team appearances for City Darren clocked up 34 goals and formed a formidable partnership with fellow Sky Blues strikers (and now CCFPA members) Noel Whelan and Dion Dublin and became well known for his trade-mark goal celebration with them (right) . Dion celebrated his own birthday just days ago! 

The Sky Blue trio celebrate a goal

Darren has had an interesting and varied footballing career; his footballing style was sometimes baffling (even to himself) but often very effective!  Transferred to Leeds United for £4m in August 1999 Darren also played at the top level with Manchester City, Nottingham Forest and Norwich City, where he also became a Legend for the Carrow Road outfit where he also played over a hundred games. He finished his career in the United States in 2008 with San Jose Earthquakes. He also gained England honours whilst with the Sky Blues at U21 and England ‘B’ level.

Hucks still takes an interest in the results and situation of his former club and we would love to see him back at the Ricoh next season as our ‘special’ guest.

Happy Birthday for yesterday Darren!

Reminder: Monday Football at St Finbarrs Still Off Next Week: Other Sessions Resume.

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Ken & Frank: Walking Football Stalwarts

Just a reminder to all you SBiTC Walking Football aficionados in Bedworth and Coventry that you still will not yet be able to prepare for the upcoming end of the football seasonby kicking the leather around with your veteran colleagues tomorrow morning at St Finbarrs, Coventry!

Staff and volunteers at the Sky Blues in the Community initiative which takes place three times a week in the locality (Mondays & Thursdays at St Finbarr’s and Tuesdays at Bedworth Oval) are taking the last of their well earned Easter holiday break tomorrow.

The popular sessions are supported by CCFPA, CCFC’s Diamond Club and Cov Support News Service.

So, if you are over 50, and like to pull on the footy gear only on Mondays, you will have to practice privately with friends for just a little longer!  If you just can’t wait you can always postpone your exercise for 24 hours and go to SBiTC’s official Walking Football Session which resumes at Bedworth Oval next Tuesday (25th April) or, if you prefer St Finbarrs as your venue, their sessions resume next Thursday the 27th.

Monday Walking Football iat St Finbarr’s will be back on again on next month.

‘Bigi’ Is CCFPA Player of the Season 2017

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Bigi is presented with his award by Dietmar

Bigi interviewed by Billy

Coventry City midfielder Gael Bigirimana received the last of his end of season’s awards in the G-Casino under the Ricoh stadium, following the Sky Blues’ last game of the season, a 1-0 defeat of Walsall. Gael was presented with the Coventry City Former Players Association Player of the Season 2016-17 trophy in the Lady G’s Showbar by Jim Brown and Kirk Stephens, respectively CCFPA Chairman and President. CCFPA’s Billy Bell was master of ceremonies.

Jim Brown with Bigi & George

Gael, who has hit a particularly good streak of form in the back end of this season, including the first Wembley goal in the club’s Checkatrade Trophy win at Wembley, also put in a great contribution to Saturday’s victory also winning the Man of the Match award. George Thomas, the match winning scorer in both games accompanied ‘Bigi’ down to the G-Casino as he had also picked up a few other end of season awards and was, indeed, 2nd in the CCFPA voting (by G-Casino patrons in the post match sessions with CCFPA’s ‘special guests’ in Lady Gs throughout the season plus CCFPA committee members). Saturday’s ‘special guest’, club Legend Dietmar Bruck was also present to congratulate both players and complete the presentation, as was fellow Sky Blue former player and committee member Dave Bennett.  

Mike with Bigi George & Benno

It was particularly gratifying to see Gael pick up the award as he is also an Association member, signed up by then membership secretary Mike Young on a visit back to the Ricoh after moving to Newcastle United in 2012! Gael returned in 2015 and although his second period with the Sky Blues has had some ups and downs he is now clearly a force for the future as CCFC face season 2017-18 in League Two. It has been a momentous period for Gael, a man of deep faith, given his Wembley goal and win and the birth of his first child very recently.

Congratulations on all fronts Gael!!