SALISBURY FC WALKING FOOTBALL
WHAT IS WALKING FOOTBALL?
Over 50's walking football is bringing people together at locations across the country - bringing them back to playing a 5-a-side version of the beautiful game. The benefits are widespread: in addition to enhancing fitness, evidence is emerging that playing walking football for fun with a group of new friends generates improvements in mental and social well-being. Our group's focus is therefore on everyone enjoying the experience, rather than keeping the score.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
We run 3 indoor sessions a week: Monday and Friday at Five Rivers Leisure Centre from 9am to 11am and Wednesday at Amesbury Sports Centre from 8pm to 9pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and take part - in fact, we pride ourselves on making all new players welcome, regardless of skill level. Everyone in the group is happy to offer colleagues encouragement and support, both on and off the pitch.
Come along and see us in action - better still, bring some trainers and a drink, pay the £3 session fee and join in (there are no joining fees or subscriptions and you play only when it suits you).
CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION NOW?
Our website contains lots of detail: www.salisburywalkingfootball.org
Check out the latest info on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/salisburywalkingfootball
Follow us on Twitter: @salisburywf
3 APRIL 2018
Raffle Now Reaches £1070 - Thanks to our First Prize Winner John Mitchell who put his prize of two match day tickets to see Arsenal v Southampton for next weekend up for auction the highest bid of £70 was won by Keith Smith many thanks to both players for their very generous actions.... enjoy the game Keith and make sure you bring some photos back so we can share them!!
We will make the formal presentation of the cheque to the Salisbury Hospice at our anniversary tournament on the 12th May
So for Easter we not only raised over £1000 but registered Seven New Players, Hit a record 36 players at Monday's session at the Five Rivers and finished the week with a further record of having 83 attendees for the week including nine at the Ladies Only session.
Arsenal Trip - With so many new players joining us since our last visit to the Emirates last year we are looking at booking another trip in either July or August. We would be looking at going on a Sunday from the Five Rivers, travelling in a sixteen seater executive mini bus [with leather seats and air conditioning] up to the Arsenal Emirates, playing approx. two hours walking football in their Community Hub which has a indoor 4G astro turf pitch against a couple of their local community teams followed by a conducted stadium tour. The cost for the whole day with everything included would be approx. £25, if you are possibly interested in going or would like further details please email me and I will add you to the list - remember place s will be limited so it will be on a first come basis.
30 March 2018
Walking Footballers Raise £1000 for Salisbury Hospice
This outstanding achievement was made through our 'Easter Eggstravaganza Raffle' and we must sincerely thank every player, their families and friends who very generously supported our fundraising event. The draw was made by Ellie Osmond who is the Hospices 'Corporate Fundraiser' at the Five Rivers Leisure Centre which is the home of Salisbury FC Walking Football.
Special Thanks must also go to player 'Jeff The Chef' for his 'Eggceptional' hard work for not only persuading a number of local business's to donate some outstanding prizes but then for his enthusiastic ticket selling which greatly influenced the final total. Jeff chose the charity which is dear to his heart and where he works as a volunteer each week.
STOP PRESS 12 March 2018
Goals, Goals ,Goals from those Ladies.
4-3 on Thursday - Two sessions in and with eleven ladies at each session, their confidence is growing and you can see a distinct improvement already and remember they have never kicked a ball before or played as a group. So if you are thinking about joining come along to our next session and join our friendly and supportive group.[ Thursdays 17.00/18.00 ].
12 March 2018
Easter Charity Raffle - Jeff has put some superb prizes together including the two matchday tickets for Arsenal v Southampton [ might be your last chance to see Saints in the Premiership for a while!!!!] so make sure you see him to get your tickets - All monies raised is going to the Salisbury Hospice. An update from Jeff this morning, £350 of tickets have been issued already which is fantastic news, so we are thinking big for our final total, draw to be made on Thursday 29th March.
Anniversary Tournament News - all is looking good for Saturday 12th May at Salisbury FC's Ray Mac, invitations to teams have been sent, most of last years are returning and some have recommended others as they claim ' ours was the best organised and played in the spirit of the game and enjoyed by all'. Like last year we would like as many players as possible to be involved either on the pitch or helping with the organising on the day, from the replies I have received to date the following confirmations -
GARY JONES - JACKO
If you are not on the list and you would like more details about the event or you haven't managed to respond yet please can I ask you to email me. It is a great opportunity to get together socially and to showcase our group to a wider audience so please get involved.
Easter Bank Holiday Changes to Sessions - with the two bank holidays at Easter effecting our session I can confirm - the Good Friday session on March 30th moves forward to Thursday 29th and the Easter Monday session on April 2nd moves on a day to Tuesday 3rd April both times remain 09.00/11.00
Ladies Only Session - with two sessions now played we have had eleven players at each session with hopefully another three joining us this week so its really going well. A big thank you must go to Steve Riddell, Mark Potts and Colin Campbell for coming along and helping with the organising and the warm up section.
Players - A big welcome to a number of new players who have joined us over the past couple of weeks I will get some photos etc to share with everyone, in the mean time please take time to introduce your selves them so that they feel at home and part of the group
Salisbury FC - next weekend sees the top of the table clash with Taunton Town so I'm sure a number of us will be there so lets see if we can all meet up and enjoy the game together, don't forget it is St Patricks Day and the club have organised directly after the match some Irish music and the customary Guinness promotion so well worth staying for and celebrating the WIN!!!.
Don't forget the next Quiz Night is on Good Friday 30th March at 19.30 in the Sarum Suite at the Ray Mac and for all you Golfers amongst us and there are quite a few, Alan Green has organised a Golfing Day on the Friday 25th May 2018 at the Highpost Golf Club so please see him if you are interested in taking part.
12 FEBRUARY 2018
Salisbury WF Website - I'm conviced there is still a good number of players who either don't know or have not visited our own website - www.salisburywalkingfootball.org please take time to have a look, Brian has done an outstanding job putting this together and keeps it updated, so have a look, share it with other family and friends. please contact Brian if you have any further ideas or suggestions.
Safety - As I was correctly reminded by 'Garfey' this morning that no watches are to be worn whilst playing during our sessions, this follows an incident last year when one of our players wearing a watch accidently caught another in the face.
Helpful Advise - Colin Campbell our physio and Monday warm up maestro has offered some great advise regarding 'self help' and the use of icepacks in the event of pulling a muscle (in this instance referring to the lower limb) the immediate self-help is to apply the following action:"
1) Avoid the provocative activity for as long as the pain, nuisance factor or disablement persists.
2) Apply ice to the site with sufficient weight of ice to be effective (at least 1kg). The ice should be wrapped in a damp cold cloth, and applied to the site and held in place with a towel. Beware of protecting soft furnishing with a plastic bag outside the towel.
3) Initially 3 x daily for 3 days, then 2 x daily for another 3 days. Beyond this time there is little benefit of ice.
4) From day 5 begin gently stretching and loading the muscle with controlled easy exercise (avoiding all impacting type activity).
5) If unable to walk without a comfortable gait, you have the following course of action a) only walk as comfort allows, b) use whatever walking aid you may have e.g. trekking poles, crutches or even digging out the bike.
6) Progress the exercise programme as comfort allows – bags of common sense here!
7) If more professional help is required then Physiocolin is on 01980 863490, where “mates rates” will apply
Rule Change - On a number of occasions there has been discussions relating to when the goalkeeper throws the ball out which then results in it exceeding the six foot height rule, [currently the ball is given back to the keeper]. Having checked with a number of walking football bodies, the rule needs to be - an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team taken from the 3meter line which is marked out in blue. We will apply this rule as of next Monday 12th February 2018
FA Peoples Cup - we now have put a team together to take part in this years tournament being held later this month
Our Anniversary Tournament -a big thank you to the handful of people who took time out to come along and support our first meeting, lots of positive ideas and suggestions to make this years even more memorable for our visitors and players. We really want and need more players to get involved even if its just only throwing in a few suggestions so please try and make time for the next meeting on Monday 19th February after the morning session. A very big thank you to those of you who have replied to my request but I have still only received replies from just under a third of you regarding the question are you available to either take part and play or to come along to support/help on the day - Saturday 12th May 2018 @ Salisbury FC's Ray Mac ground.
Ladies Only Walking Football - Already a positive response with a number of ladies including several partners of our existing players putting their names forward to play so we could be looking at 10/12 to kick the first session off on Thursday 22nd February, 17.00/18.00 @ the Five Rivers. we now have a number of posters
Alan Green organised a box for last Saturdays match at the Ray Mac with several of our players going along to support the Whites, just a little unfortunate with the wrong result, we just need to hang onto second spot for automatic promotion
Salisbury FC Quiz Night - With all those experienced brains out there surely we can get a team together to represent our walking football group. the next evening is Friday 23rd February 19.00 for 19.30 start with just a £2 cost per player maximum of six to a team. For more details please speak to Jim Ayres or Alan Green
3 FEBRUARY 2018
News - Following our meeting with both Wiltshire Council and the Five Rivers team on Tuesday we can now confirm the following. Each Monday we will have both sides of the sports hall, only exceptions will be Bank Holiday Mondays, maintenance work or any large private booking, in those circumstance we will have prior warning and will negotiate an alternative time or day. Fridays - Looking ahead, we are considering and working with the five rivers team for additional times/space if and when our numbers reach and maintain around the 22+
Price Increase - As of next Monday, 5th February, the cost of playing will be £3 per session, payable at the reception desk before playing this applies to both Monday and Friday sessions. Please note we will not be collecting the additional £1's in the hall]. The increase will apply to all walking football sessions throughout Wiltshire and brings them in line with all other similar walking sports ie walking rugby, walking netball and badminton. The new cost still represents very good value for money for a two hour session.
Salisbury WF Anniversary Tournament - the date is fixed for Saturday 12th May 2018 with numerous invitations already been sent to teams from around the south of England. We would like as many of you as possible to get involved, share ideas, help with the planning and the organisation. We will be holding our first meeting next Monday 5th February straight after session in the café area at the Five Rivers and would welcome all of you to come along and support this years event. If you would like more details either email or give me a call especially if you are working and can't be there.
Numbers & Players - once again the New Year has given us some outstanding numbers with 261 attendees at all sessions throughout January 2018 against just 80 for 2017 and 11 NEW players joining us throughout the month.
Meet Our Stars - In late 2016 and early 2017 we ran a very successful initiative called Meet our Stars where players completed a small self profile which we published together with a suitable photo which helped all the other players get to know both old and new members are were able to share in some of their interests'.
Salisbury WF in the Community - Steve Riddell, Jeff and myself spent a very productive morning at the recent Salisbury Medical Practice event on Tuesday meeting potential new players and making some new links with community groups from around Salisbury which I'm confident will benefit us throughout the year.
Dave Evans came to me a few weeks ago regarding a local group in need of some help so on Tuesday evening I met John who helps organise and run Salisbury Tigers who provide weekly sessions of disability football for over 16's. They meet every Monday evening 17.00/18.00 at the South Wilts Cricket and Sports ground [ on the Wilton Road just past Skew Bridge ] and need some extra volunteers to help with the session. This would be a great opportunity for us as a successful social group to help out in our community, ideally if we could attract around six of our players who could arrange to take in turns helping each week this would be really appreciated and benefit them. Who would like to help me with just an hour of their time? it would really be appreciated by the group and myself, give it some serious thought and email me if you are interested.
1 FEBRUARY 2018
NEW... Ladies Only Walking Football
Salisbury FC Walking Football are pleased to announce the launch of a LADIES Only walking football session at the Five Rivers Leisure Centre, Hulse Road, Salisbury. SP1 3NR playing in indoors sports hall on a Thursday evening 17.00/18.00 commencing 22nd February 2018.
'The emphasis will be on non competitive, relaxed, sociable and will aim to bring together players of all abilities or skills including those who may have never even kicked a football giving some gentle team exercise and more importantly having fun. There are no membership or registration fees and the cost is only £3 per session'.
Interested? then confirm a place by emailing me and don't forget tell your friends and neighbours to come along and join us as well.
29 JANUARY 2018
Important News and Your Help Required -
Our Trial period of utilising both sides of the sports hall at Five Rivers on a Monday is to be reviewed next Tuesday with Wiltshire Council and the Management Team at the centre and hope to secure both sides on a permanent basis. Our numbers having been steadily increasing towards the 30 that the review team ideally require each week so it would put us in a great strong position if we can encourage as many of you as possible to come along Monday [29th ] so that this weeks numbers exceed 30. Please try to support us and be there even if you cannot play through injury just being there will help. Unfortunately I cannot get along myself as I have to return to the hospital for another scan so please offer Brian some help with sharing the organising, bibs, refereeing etc.
Numbers & Players - Last Monday's session had excellent numbers with 30 players turning out which included two new players.
On Monday we welcomed Sean Larkin and Les Ward as new players, out due to injury but great to see them at the session was Ray [replacement hip op due end of March ] and Paul Godden [ hopefully back shortly], also back after a prolonged illness was good to see Geoff Bec playing his first session of the new year. Unfortunately while away skiing last week Colin Campbell took a fall and has injuries to his rib and thigh which will prevent him from playing for at least a couple of weeks.
Wednesdays session at Amesbury had a real new look to it with another two new players Darryn Millman and Rob Goodfrey so that's four who have joined since the new year and gave us 14 on the night with some sharp crisp inter-passing from three evenly matched teams
Friday @Five Rivers although the numbers were a little down on previous weeks it was great to welcome yet another two new players Rob Dowdall and Paul Vickers to the session, that brings the total to all sessions this week SIX NEW PLAYERS this week.
We must give a special mention to Ian Pearson [easily recognised with his Newcastle United team shirt] who volunteered to take on our Twitter account with the aim of getting us recognised in the community and has already shown some excellent results, thank you from all of us.
News - next Wednesday [31st] will see us once again supporting the Salisbury Medical Practices [located on the Wilton Road] Beat the Blues Event where we will encourage visitors to take up Walking Football.
16 JANUARY 2018
Waitrose Community Matters - following our successful nomination and your support throughout December we were awarded £210 a donation so once again a big thank you must go to Geoff Bec for putting us forward.
Our Anniversary Tournament - Have you responded yet ?? I have received just under 50% back so far, your views are important to us so please take a few minutes and send in yours.
The date is now Saturday 12th May 2018 and I have sent out the first batch of invitations to teams in the South and we will now look to set up our first meeting to discuss the event in more detail, once again we would welcome your input and help with the important organisation. Our John Reeves was the first to respond and to put a team together from Andover.
Players - great to see Ray popping along to support the session on Monday, his hip replacement operation has been scheduled for late March unless he can offered and earlier cancellation. New players who joined us this week and we welcome were John Mitchell at Mondays session and Steve Strong who came along to Amesbury on Wednesday where we also welcomed back Dave Cosgrove who has been out for several months with an ongoing knee injury. Missing since last November due to holidays, family commitments and injury but back this week were Mark Floyd, Jerry Curnow and Martin Wright. We just look forward to getting Keith Gale back from his groin injury as well as Norman Bell.
The numbers on Monday were excellent with over 30 turning up but our efforts to encourage players to come along were unfortunately spoilt by the centre taking a booking from the Fire Service which prevented us from using both pitches which regrettably will be the same again this coming Monday [15th ]. we have received assurances from the Centre team that after that we will have both sides of the hall. The week finished with a total of 60 attendees with 43 different players coming along so an excellent start to the year. Fridays session was quite memorable especially for Roger Batten firstly, we had his outstanding saves which included a saved penalty, then he played as striker and scored a handful of goals, finally being the centre of a hotly disputed disallowed goal which was only sorted out when we were able for the first time to call on our ' forth official' Steve Kelly, to review the video playback which clearly shows his foot was over the line when he struck the ball [ proof is in the picture see below]. The session also had some outstanding goals from inform striker Dean McMillan and from Jerry Curnow when he took his turn in goal.
8 JANUARY 2018
Session Cost [ Five Rivers Only ] NOW £3 - As detailed in our December update this increase not only provides great value for money for the two hour session but will also help towards setting up and supporting a NEW beginners session which will help introduce new players [who may not have played for a good few years] into the game more gently without the pressures of trying to keep up which has led to a few picking up pulls and strains. Please Note you need to pay the normal £2 at the desk and the extra £1 to either Brian or myself.
Your Support Needed on Mondays - As you know we are trialling the use of the second pitch at our Monday sessions at the Five Rivers, we need to be averaging around 30 players each week for us to make it permanent, so there is a need to encourage as many of you as possible to come along so that when we attend the review at the end of January with Wiltshire Council the numbers prove a success.
Salisbury FC Quiz Night - The first quiz night of 2018 has been arranged for Friday 26th January up @ the Ray Mac. Jim Ayres is keen to encourage our Walking Football group to get a team/teams together and take part, everyone of us a wealth of knowledge [can't always remember it quick enough] but lets get some names together and make this a fun evening while helping to support the Whites. Please Let Brian or myself know if you are interested and remember all partners are welcome to take part as well.
Players - a big welcome to Jim Whatley who joined us for the first time on Monday
11 DECEMBER 2017
The previous Friday we welcomed back Keith Gale after his laser eye treatment and on Monday we saw both Dave Logan and Phil Clarke getting back to playing for the first time in several weeks due to injury and illness so it meant we had 28 players taking part at the session. We also launched our Xmas Grand Raffle in aid of the Trussell Trust Appeal with Kingsley and Jeff taking the lead in selling tickets, our aim is to hopefully raise £250 the draw will be made after the session on Monday 18th December at the Five Rivers, anyone who would like to purchase any tickets please contact either the two lads alternatively speak to Brian or myself. The latest fantastic news is we have already sold and raised £277 and still going.
On Tuesday we made the decision to promote our Wednesday evening sessions at Amesbury through our Facebook and Twitter links and look for new additional players - we ended up reaching 5815 people, with 16 shares and 596 post engagements which resulted in two new players joining us and a further two potential for next week. In the evening Alan Green managed to arrange a match day box for Salisbury FC's home league match against Kidlington and invited 12 of our players to go along as guests. It was a brilliant social evening enjoyed by all with loads of laughter and shared stories, we are already planning the next ones and hope further players can join us. On Wednesday, helped in part by our promo we saw 15 players coming along to the session at Amesbury with once again some really good football being played. We must thank both Tony Dixey and Gary Jones affectional known by all as 'Jacko' who have supported us virtually every week over the past twelve months and have really helped in getting this session established, their help is really appreciated.
Thursday was our big Xmas Lunch at the Wheatsheaf, thanks once again to some careful organisation by Jeff, Kingsley and the management team at the restaurant who somehow managed to squeeze in 47 of us which also included some of our partners. What a real social, fun and enjoyable atmosphere that was created by everyone even before the food came out. The meal was superb which I know was appreciated by all and was expressed by a loud appreciation when the three chefs came out from the kitchen and were presented to us after the meal. We added a small fun raffle with the aim of hopefully raising £50 to help towards our club funds, once again thanks to some very generous ticket buying we actually raised £177 [ what an achievement ] One of our recent new players,Ian Pearson won 1st prize of a Â£20 Waitrose voucher, with Jims wife, Mick Cooney and Steve Riddell winning the smaller prizes.
Monday 18th December @ Five Rivers - this is our last Monday session before Christmas. We would like to encourage as many of you as possible including those who might have injuries to come along so that after the session we can have a social get together to celebrate Christmas and combine everything we have achieved throughout the year + make the grand raffle draw and importantly present the cheque to the Trussell Trust for the funds we have raised. We will try to get Salisbury TV and the Journal to come along and cover the event. Could I please ask those with team wear shirts to come along with them as it will add to the photo opportunities.
Xmas & New Year sessions
w/c 18/12/17 as normal - MONDAY / WEDNESDAY / FRIDAY
w/c 25/12/17 We will be adding Wednesday 27th @ Five Rivers 10.00/12.00 + Friday 29th 09.00/11.00
w/c 01/01/18 NO Monday session, Wednesday and Friday as normal
5 DECEMBER 2017
NEW PLAYERS WANTED
We would like to add some new players to our existing group to help strengthen the session on Wednesday evenings 20.00/21.00 @ the Amesbury Sports and Leisure Centre, Holders Road. SP4 7PW.
If you are interested or ready to make you long awaited comeback then please get in contact with us now. The sessions are for all abilities, always friendly where everyone is encouraged and supported.
28 NOVEMBER 2017
Players - On Thursday Mick Cooney celebrated his milestone 70th birthday and enjoyed sometime in Chichester, also on the same day Keith Gale celebrated his 71st and it was great to have him come along on Monday while he still recovering from his recent eye op, hope to have him back playing soon. This coming Monday we can wish Paul Bissington a happy 59th.
On Friday It was great to see the return of Richard Slade who has been out for a few weeks after suffering a strain he picked up playing.
Last week I met up with George Bowley who was forced to stop playing back in March 2017 due to ill health, he has been attending the hospitals in Guildford and Southampton as part of his ongoing treatments, he sends his best to everyone and hope to join us for our last Monday get together on December 18th at the Five Rivers. I also caught up with Ray for a coffee and had a chat about his hip which unfortunately is causing him a lot of discomfort and restricts him from sleeping and sitting for too long in one position without causing pain. Still no positive out come for Phil Clarke and his throat infection although he is now able to be back working as a volunteer at Salisbury Hospital, we all look forward to the time he can return to playing.
We also wish a speedy recovery to our 'Greavsie' lookalike Dave Logan whose leg injury has prevented him from playing since the middle of September or unless it is because he supports Everton????
Five Rivers Sports Hall - unfortunately the repair work which prevented us from having both sides of the hall this week will be ongoing until the end of November, however for the next two weeks we will have 11/2 pitches to play on. So we are proposing, if we have enough volunteers[ ideally 8/12 ], to use the half size pitch to offer a more gentler session to encourage any players who want to improve their passing, moving and awareness skills which will also give added confidence in your play. If you would like to help me with the organising and coaching or would like to play in this style session please email me back asap. We will then split the remaining players into teams of five and play on the full size pitch.
We will be back to playing on the two full pitches on Monday 4th December
Salisbury FC Walking Football Grand Xmas Draw in aid of the Trussell Trust Christmas Hamper Appeal which helps local families in crisis
18 NOVEMBER 2017
Salisbury Journal Sports Awards 2017 - Well it is all happening tonight (17 Nov) and we will know how well we have done in the Community Club of Year section. We have to thank Liz Batton once again for nominating our group and regardless of the results we all know the whole group are ALL WINNERS and we are proud of each one you for your contribution and making the sessions very special and a place where everyone is made to feel welcome.
STOP PRESS. WE CAME 2nd!!
Player News - Welcome back on Monday to Roger Froud who has been out with injury for the past 6/7 weeks and to Stephen Mills who joined us for the first time. Steve Kelly is now back from his European travels and we hope to see him back playing next, it will take him all the session to catch up with all our new players who have recently joined during his absence.
World Diabetes Day - on Tuesday we went along to the Salisbury Medical Practice on Wilton Road to help support their activities relating to diabetes and to talk to visitors about the benefits of exercise by joining us to play walking football. Jerry Curnow, Steve Riddell and myself spent an enjoyable three hours with the teams and we look forward to possibly welcoming some new players as a result.
Xmas Lunch - We have now reached the maximum the restaurant can offer us and so we can all look forward to enjoying this years event and excellent company. Kingsley and Jeff are now putting the finishing touches to the Raffle that has attracted some excellent donations.
Teamwear Shirts - Thank you to all those who have ordered a shirt, they should be ready for collection next Tuesday. Its still not too late if anyone else would like one before Christmas just email me with your size details and what initials you require, the inclusive cost is £14.50.
Ladies Only Walking Football Team - we are hoping to launch a weekly session early in the New Year but we are urgently looking for a lady to take control of the session [ organising teams, warm up etc ] so if you know of anyone who might be interested please ask them to contact us.
8 NOVEMBER 2017
Don't forget to collect those Waitrose tokens and get them into our collection box. We also urgently need some volunteers to come along to the Waitrose store to help us talk about walking football to customers and ask them to support our group by depositing their tokens once again in our box.
Salisbury FC Quiz Night - Following are recent very successful quiz evening Jim Ayres is looking to encourage us all along to the 'Whites' final quiz night of the year being held on Friday 10th November @19.30 in the Sarum Room at the Ray Mac. Entry is just £2 per person, for further details please contact Jim.
Rule change proposal - 'light blue touch paper and stand well clear' - well this one got everyone talking and thinking about it, with lots of vocal view points. Although we were never really going to introduce the rule for a host of reasons, everyone is now very mindful of the potential damage these shots can have, so applying a little common sense and consideration of others will surely work and that was pretty evident at this mornings session, so thank you to everyone. this leads me nicely into the next point very nicely .......
Emails - one of the main reasons for combining a number of points/requests etc.that arise each week onto one simple email under the heading weekly news and updates was to reduce the email traffic to everyone which in the past caused issue for a number of players. Can I suggest that if you have a story. request or point of view you would like to share could you please just email me with it and I will copy and paste it into the weekly update so that it avoids numerous email flying around. if you want to respond to any emails please just reply to 'sender only' and not use' the send to all' key thus avoiding unwanted copies.
Numbers - October has proved to have been our most successful month yet with 215 attendees across all three sessions compared with last years total of 70. Our challenge now is to continue building the Monday numbers so that we attract a regular thirty players each week and can then fully justify the additional space we been given at the Five Rivers.
A big welcome to two new players who joined us this week for the first time Norman Bell who joined us on Monday and returned again on Friday together with Pete Robinson who is Bars Manager at the Ray Mac and was pursauded to come along by Jim.
Monday also saw us playing on both sides of the hall as part of our trial period with the Five Rivers with 26 players in attendance so we are slowly nudging up the numbers to the required 30 which will ensure we have the two pitches on a more permanent basis.
To help with the organisation of the sessions on Monday I have attached a schedule to help avoid the uncertainties of which teams are playing and where
WF - the Bigger Picture - there are now 1109 venues in the UK offering weekly sessions of social walking football. The game is continually evolving and now apart from a few small mini leagues [ Kent, Manchester and London] they are launching a National League for the South [ sixteen teams including Luton ,Birmingham, Norwich, Watford, Wimbledon and Colchester.] The appointments of the two England Managers have now been announced with Paul Murtagh, Birmingham WF for the over 50's and Stuart Langworthy, Abbeymead WF [ Gloucester ] the over 60s teams. WF is also now played in numerous countries around the world including Italy and brazil.
2 NOVEMBER 2017
Waitrose Community Matters - £1000 between three local projects. As a result of being nominated to take part in this initiative our application has been successful and we will be one of the 3 local Community organisations taking part throughout November 2017.
What does that mean? We will receive a share of the £1000 based on the number of GREEN tokens that are given out at the tills and placed in the collection box that is located at the exit to the store.
How can you help? 1] If you shop in Waitrose ask for a token and obviously place it in OUR box. 2] Spread the word to Family, Friends and Neighbours and ask them to support us.
A great opportunity raise awareness of Walking Football and all its benefits together with gratefully collecting part of the £1000 which will help us to promote it further in the community and provide new opportunities to come along and join our group.
UPDATE 30 OCTOBER 2017
Salisbury Journal - Sports Awards 2017
As one of the three finalists in the Community Club Section, on Friday Tom from the Salisbury Journal came along to capture some photos of the warm up plus some of our players in action as well brief interview regarding the story behind our journey and growth. Thanks once again for the great support by those who came along, it really helped with our entry. What happens next ...the Journal will complete all the photo shoots/interviews for all the finalists in each section and we should find out who we up against next week in the journal and the winners will be announced on Friday 17th November at the Gala Dinner being held at the Stones Hotel (the old High Post Hotel).
'Warm Up & Cool Downs' - With the introduction of these into our sessions earlier in the year which has proved to be a really positive initiative which has greatly help reduce the number of potential pulls and strains, but we felt it was now a good time to review the process and add the thoughts of our player, Colin Campbell, a qualified Physiotherapist. Over the next couple of weeks there will be an introduction of some new routines designed especially around the areas you are going to use in playing walking football with Colin, Jeff and Brian taking the lead and explaining the reasons and benefits of each exercise.
Your health and welllbeing are key for us when you come along to our sessions and we need You to consider these routines as an important process in helping prevent potential injuries, so please try to ensure you arrive ready to start at 09.00am. Brian's new trial routine this morning has already received some excellent positive feedback comments from a good number who took part.
On Monday, Chris Dennard celebrated his birthday and we welcomed our latest new player Andy Childs who took no time to settle in and it was great to see him return again on Friday. It was the turn of Paul Bisssington to be a star on Monday when he scored his very first goal. On Friday, it was the turn of both Martin Wright and Bryan Grayer to score some memorable goals and we welcomed back Rob Nicholls in goal who again provided us yet again with some outstanding saves.
Rules - Should we make a rule change??? - I am becoming increasingly worried over the number of speculative shots that get blasted into a crowd of players in an attempt to score a goal, the only result I can see is that someone is going to become unnecessarily injured. My view would be that unless a player is through one on one with the keeper all other shots into defenders should be treated as 'dangerous play' and a free kick awarded. I appreciate this could be contentious but I would welcome the viewpoints of everyone in the group, NO changes will be made until we have fully discussed the proposal.
Website - Your donations. we have received twenty three generous donations and raised £74 towards the costs of setting up our own website, your support is really appreciated and we are confident will help attract yet further new players. Thanks also go to Ray Jones who managed to sell our donated exercise bike for £10 which will be added to the 'kitty', please let us know if you have any ideas for further fundraising or if you would like to add your donation.
Teamwear - Thank you to those who have requested one of our black polos with our badge, I will be placing the order with the supplier next Tuesday so its not too late to request one.
UPDATE 23 OCTOBER 2017
News - to confirm what we have agreed with both Wiltshire Council and the Five Rivers Team regarding extra space at our Monday sessions - we will use both sides of the hall from 09.00/11.00 on a five week trial basis and look at increasing numbers to around 30 players so we need to attract some new players.
Emergency Contact Details - A big thank you to all of you who have completed and returned the Registration Form containing those important details which we always hope will never be needed.Â As from Monday 22nd October 2017 no one will be allowed to play until a form is completed- so if you one of the few still yet to complete one please ensure you bring it along next time.
Xmas Meal - we have 19 players so far coming along. Last year we held our first Xmas lunch which was really well supported and brought a lot of our players together for the first time outside of the sessions, fun seasonal tops were worn by most which created a real fun and relaxed atmosphere which was enjoyed by all.Â So we would like to encourage all of you who are perhaps thinking about it or those who might have missed the details to speak to either one of the social team, Brian or myself and come along, meet fellow players in a relaxed setting and share stories and experience's that help bring us all closer together.
Teamwear Shirts - with a good number of new players joining us over the past few months, a number have asked about our black team shirts with the badge and initials on and these are available to purchase for Â£14.50 [ please allow approx 10/14 days] - great idea for a Christmas gift perhaps ????
Website - Don't forget to send your feedback to Brian Crabtree , your ideas and views are important to us.
Numbers - we had excellent numbers last Monday with 25 players using both sides of the hall although we need to seriously consider how we use the space effectively to suit the needs of all players [ new players starting through to the more experienced ones ]
Photos - I would just like to thank Paul Ford for bringing along his camera last Monday so that we can start to get some quality action photos that we can use on our website and Facebook pages.
UPDATE 14 OCTOBER 2017
Social Events - we have now added a couple more players to the group, so there is now, Jeff the Chef, Kingsley Fewins, Phil Clarke, Keith Gale, Jerry Curnow, Richard Slade and Geoff Bec so they have now earned the title the 'Magnificent Seven'. The Xmas lunch is arranged for Thursday 7th December. We are still looking at the possibility of adding another date for Monday evening 11th December ideally 18.00/18.30 for those of you who are working and cannot attend the lunch, please let me know asap if interested or not. If you have not already, please let Jeff and the boys know whether you are going to support the lunch or not and give them your feedback regarding possible events for next year.
Website - Brian Crabtree has really done us proud with putting the site together from scratch, he has dedicated a lot of time developing what you see now so it is important we all support him by giving him your feedback on what you like or don't, what you would like to add or see or what needs reworking so that we have a final site we are all happy with and proud to share with family and friends, so keep checking the link as Brian is continually updating based on your feedback - http://www.salisburywalkingfootball.org/
News and Numbers - On Monday with our best numbers yet [ 24 players] there were two outstanding performances by a couple of our keepers, Keith 'the kat' Smith and Roger 'the cat ' Batten with some breath-taking saves and two superbly taken goals from Tim Scammell, we also gave a big warm welcome to Alec Dawson who joined us for his first game after watching the session the previous week. On Wednesday evening we had a new goal machine with newboy Ian Pearson scoring five well taken goals. Everyone was really impressed with the determination and ever improving performances of two real new stars Martin Wright and Paul Bissington we all appreciate the effort you are putting in each week.
Best wishes go to Bryan Grayer who celebrated his 60th birthday on Thursday.
Numbers this week are still holding up with another 50+ attendees at out three sessions which means total October 2017 so far = 103 against 70 for the whole month 2016
UPDATE 9 OCTOBER 2017
Lets start by congratulating both Phil and Jeff for putting on an exceptional nights entertainment last Monday evening at the Wheatsheaf. I think most of the thirty six players and partners who took part have commented on how enjoyable it was and what a great night so a resounding success.
Demo Match @ Salisbury FC - Another great event enjoyed by all and I belief we may have impressed one or two Whites fans who had more to cheer about watching our demo than the main match which resulted in a 2-2 draw with a really well taken goal from Mark Potts. thanks to Jim Ayres and Thom Belk from Salisbury FC for organising the event which also included a running commentary over the PA system and Keano refereeing.
Numbers and News - This week has been our best ever week for players attending our three sessions Monday = 20 Wednesday = 16 & Friday =16 giving us 52 for the week with 40 different players. We finished this September with the grand total of 199 compared with last years numbers of 49 so a real sizable increase. this months challenge is to beat last years October figures of 70 and we already have 52.
Website - Brian is continuing to put together a format that appeals to new prospective players as well keeping current players updated and will be asking for your opinions on his prototype next week.
WEEKLY UPDATE 25 SEPTEMBER 2017
Social Activities - thanks to Jeff, Kingsley and Phil Clarke we our excited to hold our first Fun Quiz Night on Monday 2nd October @ the Wheatsheaf, Lower Woodford 19.30 for 20.00 start.
News - we have three players this week who share the accolade of 'This weeks Star' - Bryan Grayer who continues his fight back to fitness from a serious Achilles injury and managed to complete the full two hour Friday session, Martin Wright for putting in a top performance and managed to score his first goal past Dean and finally this weeks top goal scoring hero Trevor Robertson. As a result of last weeks Freeview video we managed to attract our first new player Paul Brissington who came along to both our Monday and Friday session.
Website - Brian is working hard at getting the site up and running and would welcome any ideas or help you can offer, so please speak to him.
WEEKLY UPDATE - 16 September 2017
Lights, Camera, Action .......
Thanks for all the support to get the video put together. We must give an important mention to Roger Battens wife Liz who handled all our media presentations and has agreed to help us further with important links and media exposure in and around Salisbury which will definitely help grow our precious sessions in the future, so a real BIG THANK YOU on behalf of everyone in our group.
Here is our video
News - Jim Ayres celebrated his milestone 65th birthday last Thursday [7th] and we finally caught up with him on Monday and presented him with a cake and card from all the team and on top of that he scored a memorable hat-trick. Thanks to all those of you who went along to support Jeff and his cooking exploits at the Salisbury Food Festival last Sunday. This week's star player has to be Chris Thornton who has really gained in confidence over the past few weeks ...well done and thoroughly deserved. It was fantastic to have Bryan Grayer back kicking a ball again after having the all clear from to hospital.
Numbers - We have had a really good start to the month with numbers - Monday 19, Wednesday 14 & Friday 18 this brings the total so far this month to 109 against only 49 in the whole of the month in 2016. Â Brian and I are working with both Wiltshire Council and the Five Rivers to secure the second side of the hall on a Monday which could be used for both the planned Structured Intro mini session which would involve warm ups, skill and coordination training and a slow paced game which would suit new players and those returning from injury plus allow the teams not playing to get a mini game played..
Salisbury Walking Football Banner - Thanks to both Keith Gale and Jim Ayres for arranging to site our banner opposite the main stand at Salisbury FC.
Website - Brian has been working extremely hard collecting idea to get our pages together and register our name. if anyone of you have a flair for design, marketing relating to websites or if you have family, friends or contacts please speak to Brian
WEEKLY UPDATE - 11 September 2017
Numbers and News - Great numbers last week with 21 and 17 on Monday and Friday at 5 Rivers. Star goal scorer was Jeff the Chef. Lights, Camera, Action .....Don't forget next Friday [15th] we have that's.tv/Salisbury [ Freeview channel 7 ] will be coming along to film part of our session and it would be great to get as many players as possible along on the day, so even if you are currently out injured your support on the day is really important.
LADIES ONLY SESSION
We have some ladies contact us who are keen to look at the possibility of setting up a walking football session purely for just ladies. If there is sufficient interest we could establish a specific session. We would start off with a structured approach with gentle warm up exercises to help reduce the risk of strains and pulled muscles, basic ball control routines to help build up your skills, strength, improving balance and core stability, get you playing in a basic game and finish with the important cool down exercises.
SALISBURY FC WALKING FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT 2017
Salisbury FC Walking Football held its 2nd annual tournament on 14 May with this 2nd event being held at our home in the Raymond McEnhill Stadium. 16 teams were booked to take part with an over 50s and over 60s tournaments. Both tournaments were hotly contested in the best spirit of Walking Football with an emphasis on enjoyment, taking part and keeping fit and healthy. However, with all competitions there are winners and they were for the Over 50s Hampshire WF One and the Over 60s Portsmouth. All who attended enjoyed the day and the excellent facilities at the Ray Mac and we all grateful for Dave Phillips the Chairman of SFC for allowing us to use the facilities and presenting the medals at the end of the tournament. Some of the teams have already booked themselves in for next years tournament!!
" We at Pompey just wanted to thank you for all your efforts in organising such a well-run event. We were very impressed with your walking football set up at Salisbury and you clearly have excellent links with your parent club and we would also like to thank them for allowing us to play on such a good surface"
" Many thanks for organising such an enjoyable event. You can put us down for next years event as I'm sure we will be back again" Pelham Park Rangers - Bournemouth
Dexter Sports WF - Poole Please also thank all of your helpers and members at Salisbury FC for yesterday, we really enjoyed being there and having the chance to play some new teams and the chance to play on that very nice surface you have there".
Rotherfield WF Oxfordshire - " Thanks for inviting us to be part of the tournament. We really enjoyed it. The organisation was very good, in particular the welcome with named guides and tea and coffee. It set a good tone. It was good to meet new people and see how they play. We would hope to be invited again next year"