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Friday Night Training - First Trial Session 19-June-2020

In recent weeks, the committee has been looking at ways that we can reintroduce walking football. Clearly any form of match playing on a Monday or Friday night is sometime off yet and competitive matches even further away. Plus, our venues are still closed. However, taking into consideration Government and FA guidelines and working with Canterbury City FC, we have been starting to introduce some training on Friday nights.

The generous offer of the Canterbury RFC training ground and the purchase of two goals by Dave Thompson meant that we could put out the invitation to a wide number of members, but we were still not sure how it would work. We gave the first option to the Friday night players as our first session would be on a Friday. We had no real idea about the appetite for coming back to a training session, but in the end 18 members of the club turned up desperate to kick a ball again.

Rules state that we must not be in groups of over 6. Well even our maths can divide 18 by six, so we formed three groups doing dribbling, shooting, and passing practice. Dave T rather ungallantly blaming my bulk for his inability to score. Lance worked hard to organise the groups, but with this level of numbers and possibly more next week, we need some pre-organised training sessions and Lance will need help. Tony stepped up to the plate, setting up the dribbling session that looked to me like “Cone Hell”.  I was right it was knackering, but fun. Dave R will help with organising sessions as well for next week.

In total the session lasted 1.5 hours and was, quite simply, brilliant. The aches on Saturday have been well worth it.

We will expand the invitation to the Monday players next week as the area had plenty of room and parking to accommodate as many of us as will turn up. I must reiterate at this point that our continued use of the facilities is dependent on us ALL following social distancing and FA rules. This does involve us washing our balls frequently, always an amusing intermission. The intention is to use the Uni facilities as soon as we can, to get us used to playing on an artificial 3GX surface, but in the meantime our thanks go to Dave Thompson and the Chairman of CRFC Giles Hilton for their generosity.

Simon Ludden