Canterbury Walking Football
1 December 2020
RESUMING FRIDAY SESSIONS AT AYLESHAM
I’m delighted to say that we may resume our Friday sessions at Aylesham this week (4th December)!
We’ve been waiting for definitive FA guidelines and they, in turn have been waiting to clarify things with the government. The FA statement is here - https://www.thefa.com/news/2020/dec/01/fa-guidance-on-return-to-grassroots-football-011220
In advising that we are permitted to play, they stipulate that there should be minimal contact. Please observe this strictly. It’s important.
In addition, the Aylesham Leisure Centre have implemented some rules that we must observe. –
It would be understandable if some did not want to play, given the circumstances, so I’d be grateful if those who do would let me know that you are going to be there by replying to this email. I’m sure we will get the numbers but, should we not, we can cancel the pitch and not pay for it!
SPRINGTIME CHRISTMAS PARTY!
As some may remember, we were due to have our Christmas Party on December 12. Covid has put a stop to that, but we are looking to re-schedule it in April when, hopefully, life will be back to normal. It is a great occasion on which the whole club can get together so it would be a shame to lose it.
Some of you will know that our fellow club member, Dave Thompson, is the President of Marine FC who, on Saturday, secured their place in the third round of the FA Cup with a 120th minute winner against Havant and Waterlooville! Dave was there and tells me that the Champagne he’d bought for possible celebrations in the boardroom was removed by the players and sprayed around the pitch! Their reward – a home tie against Spurs!
In addition to his sponsorship of Marine, Dave also sponsors Canterbury Rugby Club’s ground and …Canterbury City Walking Football Club! That being the case, I’m sure that we’ll all be watching the third round game as it’s bound to be on TV, and supporting Marine – even that great Spurs supporter, Cedric, who will suspend his normal allegiance on that day …possibly!
That’s all folks – hope to see you on Friday!
22 December 2020
While Kent is in Tier 4 unfortunately we are not permitted to play grassroots football. We are hopeful that we will will be able to play again early next year and will start with a free session and new of a “Christmas” spring party.
The statement from the FA is:-
“Football for adult participants across ‘non-elite’ football in Tier 4 areas is not permitted, including all training and fixtures. This immediate advice in place from 20 December applies to the following aspects of ‘non-elite’ football in England in Tier 4 areas…”
You can read the full FA statement here
Letter from your Committee:-
Dear all Canterbury Walking Football members,
As you will probably all know, grassroots football is not allowed while we are in Tier 4, so outdoor as well as indoor football has been postponed for the time being. Rest assured that members of the committee are regularly obtaining advice from the FA as to when we may be able to start playing again. It so happens that because Christmas and New Year fall on a Friday the first possible date was always 8th January anyway. We will let you know as soon as we do when we can play again, when we will start with a free session.
Of course, by now we would have already held our Christmas party for 2020. Well, that has also gone on hold for the time being. Ideas such as "let’s have a Zoom Christmas party" were quickly dismissed. Never fear we will be celebrating the strange year of 2020 sometime in Spring, hopefully.
It has been wonderful to see our members turn out and play in amazing numbers over the past few months. Starting with a socially distanced kickabout opposite Kingsmead Leisure Centre and ending at Aylesham, where we now play on the excellent pitch there. There is some good football played at times, but running and tackling (particularly from behind) are on the increase. Please don’t forget that this is a walking sport with no or at the most minimal contact. With two of the committee injured at the moment, they can testify how slowly we recover as we get older.
We would like to give special thanks to Canterbury Rugby Club, who lent us their training pitch free of charge during the Summer. They have had a particularly tough time of it this year. Training was restarted at the beginning of December and the rug pulled yet again just over a week later. For those that joined in after football, those balmy evenings enjoying a pint and some excellent food outside the Clubhouse, are fondly remembered. It seems so long ago. Perhaps we can think of ways to support them when they are up playing again.
Last but not least, we wish all our members a happy and safe Christmas that is as good as it can be in the circumstances and a New Year that allows us to get back to doing the things that we love.
Best wishes from the Canterbury Walking Football Committee
Simon, Jan, John, Ian and Richard
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