Canterbury Walking Football
1 March 2021
I trust you are all well and raring to get back to the beautiful game! (The game was far from beautiful for me last Monday when Brighton lost to our arch-rivals, Crystal Palace 2-1, having had 26 shots to their 3! I had only just come out of extreme grumpiness when we had a disastrous game against West Brom on Saturday, missing two penalties and suffering from a bizarre ref/VAR decision. I haven’t spoken to Sandy or the dog since!)
There is, however, good news on the horizon. The latest Covid announcement from the government suggests that we could be playing again on Friday, April 2. I have therefore emailed Aylesham to ask if they will be open again by then. I’ve had no reply as yet, but I suspect that my contact may have been furloughed so it may be a little while before we know definitely. That date is, of course, Good Friday, so they might be closed on that day in any case. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear.
When we first started playing there again in late summer, we could only book a one-hour session as others were booked after us. However, no-one followed us after our last few sessions, so I have asked them if we can play for 90 minutes from 1800 to 1930. I know some would very much welcome that but it maybe that others would not. We’d welcome your opinions, please.
As most of you will know, we play in the East Kent 60+ League and this will resume in May. If any of you who are newer members over 60, and would like to be included in the squad, please let me know. Also, anyone who will turn 60 during the currency of the league from May 2 to September 5. Please reply using the website form or directly to Jan.
Provisional dates for matches are on the fixtures page. Our home dates are as requested from Aylesham and yet to be confirmed. I await news of away dates from the other clubs.
I hope that all who were in the squad before, will continue. If not, please let me know. Please also check that you have the kit ready! After our last game, Tony took over from Lance as manager of the league squad but has now stood down as he will be away for numerous dates. Lance has therefore agreed to resume the role.
See you on the pitch soon!
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
20 March 2021
The relaxation of Covid rules on 29 March allow for the start of formally organised outdoor sports and we are delighted to announce that our sessions at Aylesham will start again on Friday April 2 from 18:00 to 19:30. The bar and changing rooms will not be open yet so you will need to arrive ready to play as we did earlier last year.
Hope to see you there.
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