SATURDAY +40’S AT SOLIHULL SESSION SUSPENDED
SATURDAY OVER 40 SESSION AT SOLIHULL 12:45
We have decided to cancel the Walking Football over 40’s session at Solihull on Saturday’s 12.45-2.00pm. This is a temporary measure as the numbers currently do not warrant the need for 2 sessions at the same time throughout the holiday period. The Beechcroft Saturday session WILL continue as normal and the Solihull session will be re-launched at a later date, probably in September.
SESSION CANCELLED REMINDER
JUST A REMINDER THAT THERE WILL BE NO WALKING FOOTBALL SESSION AT BEECHCROFT THIS EVENING (28/6/18 18.45-20.00) DUE TO THE ENGLAND GAME.
WEDNESDAY SESSIONS AT BEECHCROFT 27th JUNE AND 4TH JULY
Please note that for two weeks only on Wednesday 27th June and Wednesday 4th July the sessions will be moved to Solihull to accommodate a local school commitment that will be held at Beechcroft, this is the over 70s, 9.45am session and the over 50s 11.30 session, they will resume at Beechcroft as normal on Wednesday 11th July.
SESSIONS CANCELLED PLEASE NOTE!
BEECHCROFT WALKING FOOTBALL OVER 40’S SESSION MONDAY 18TH JUNE
Monday’s over 40s session at Beechcroft at 8.30pm will be cancelled this coming Monday 18th only, due to screening of England’s first World Cup game. We will resume as normal the week after.
WEDNESDAY SESSIONS AT BEECHCROFT 27th JUNE AND 4TH JULY
Please note that for two weeks only on Wednesday 27th June and Wednesday 4th July the sessions will be moved to Solihull to accommodate a local school commitment that will be held at Beechcroft, this is the over 70s, 9.45am session and the over 50s 11.30 session, they will resume at Beechcroft as normal on Wednesday 11th July.
Finally, we are looking for volunteers for the referee course on Saturday 23rd June, so if you would like a free game come along at 2.00pm
OUR MOST UP TO DATE WALKING FOOTBALL TIMETABLE
TUESDAY SOLIHULL OVER 40’S
This session is now full so please contact us first if you wish to bring new people. We don’t want to turn people away but we have to think of the quality of the session if we have too many, we can try to fit them into other sessions on other days. With that in mind and in attempt to deal with the over spill of new people wanting to get involved we are starting a new over 40’s session at Solihull, 7:00pm this Friday evening, this is on a trial basis as we understand this may be an awkward time for some but may suit others!? We already have a core of people willing to come so let us know if you want to attend. While we are on the subject, don’t forget we have the new session on Saturday at Solihull 12:45pm for further choice and opportunity.
NB with regards to the quality of all sessions, can people turn up in good time please as it makes things awkward if people turn up late, thank you.
WFA ANNOUNCES ENGLAND WALKING FOOTBALL CAPTAINS
Click on the link for the England Captains responses to their appointment!
LADIES WALKING FOOTBALL SESSION TIME CHANGE
As of Monday 14th May the Ladies walking football session at Solihull Football Centre will be at the slightly earlier time of 19.30-20.30 and will extend to the full size pitch due to increased attendance!
FIRST EVER ENGLAND WALKING FOOTBALL SQUAD ANNOUNCED
After 4 regional trials, Stuart Langworthy the England over 60’s manager and Paul Murtagh the England over 50’s manager have named the following squad for the England v Italy international match on the 13th May at Brighton’s Amex stadium.
OVER 60’s SQUAD
John Sykes – Long Bennington
Kevin Schmid – Watford
John Hammonds – Stroud
Ross Everton – Eastleigh
Trevor Brown – Herne Bay
Allan Carrington – Hatfield
Vic Vaines – Leggy Mambos
Graham Curry – Long Bennington
Paul Leary – Sheffield
Stephen Beresford – Leggy Mambos
Spencer Pratten – Chelmsford. Captain
Peter Stacey – Sheffield
Jim Laidlaw – Peterlee
Alan Kennedy – Liverpool
James Trant – Eastleigh
Roy Gladwell – Grimsby
Derek Thorp – Birmingham
Alan Davies – Leggy Mambos
John Cooper – Hartshill
Pat Folan – Heanor
Graham Collier – Matlock
Tommy Charlton – Rotherham
OVER 50’s SQUAD
Andy Jaques – Sheffield Utd
Rob Keating – Solent FC
Pete Gibbons – Hartshill Strollers
Trevor Hanson – Blackburn Rovers
Rob Pass – Stroud
Paul Derbyshire – Leggy Mambos
Simon Sheppard – Norwich
Darren Bradley – Birmingham
Jefferson Simon – Leicester
Paul Walton – Leggy Mambos
Nick Morris – Leeds Titans
Kevin Symington – Sheffield Utd
Neil Brown – Herne Bay (Captain)
Ian Ward – Pele’s Pearls
Peter Henry – Eastwood Falcons
Paul Brown – Leyton Orient
Paul Kirby – Stamford Strollers
Neil Davey – Herne Bay
David Wright – Birmingham
Neil Carr – Blue Flames (Newcastle)
David Norton – Birmingham
Neil Evans – Leggy Mambos
THE WORLD’S FIRST WALKING FOOTBALL INTERNATIONAL
Over 50’s and Over 60’s
Charity event in aid of
VENUE: The Amex Stadium in Brighton
DATE: Sunday 13th May 2018. KO. 10 am
WALKING FOOTBALL INTERNATIONAL – HOW TO ORDER TICKETS
ALL TICKET PROCEEDS TO GO TO CHARITY (PROSTATE CANCER UK and FOOTBALL AID)
This is an all-ticket match- no tickets will be available on the day
Please follow the link here – http://www.footballaid.com/donate/form and complete payment for the amount of tickets you need (tickets cost £5 each).
(Please choose ‘Payment Type’ = Guest Ticket and include a description of your payment (e.g. “Walking Football Amex – Tickets x 5”) in the ‘Additional Information’ field)
Please print out a copy of your WorldPay payment confirmation e-mail and take that along to the game, the Walking Football team will then be able to hand over your tickets when you arrive. Note: if you can’t print a copy of your e-mail confirmation you can just show the confirmation e-mail on your mobile phone instead.
BWFC DEREK MAKES THE ENGLAND TEAM!
Massive congratulations to our over 60’s player Derek Thorp who received the news this weekend that after the recent trials at Solihull Football Centre he has made the England team! Derek and 19 others have been picked to make up the first squad and shadow team representing England to train for next year’s Euros. Four trials were held over the UK in the last few months where over 130 trialists were seen by Manager Stuart Langworthy and his team. With just over 2 weeks to go, Langworthys initial job is to prepare the guys for their first ever International friendly against Italy on 13th May at Brighton and Hove, Amex Stadium.
THE ENGLAND HEADACHE BEGINS!
Last Saturday saw the last of four Over 50’s England walking football trials, this time at Solihull Walking Football Centre near Birmingham. Thirty more of the country’s best players were nominated by their clubs, along with a few other hopefuls who were prepared to sit on a waiting list in case of no shows or injuries on the day, such was the passion of these guys in an attempt to make selection of the inaugural England team.
The players were once again teamed up for matches and given various scenarios including different pitch sizes to see how they responded both individually and as a team. The England Management team were not disappointed! The trialists showed resilience and respect in adhering to the WFA referee decisions and the whole event finished injury free!
Manager Paul Murtagh said, “The game of Walking Football has been growing exponentially over the last few years with a further noticeable increase in participations levels over the last 12 months and we have been delighted by the response and attendance of these trials. The quality of the players has also been a pleasant surprise and the enormity of the task we now have to select a squad from so many quality players is really starting to sink in. May I take this opportunity to announce our first international match against Italy on the 13th May at Brighton and Hove Albion’s, Amex Stadium. In light of this very recent development we would say to all selected for the next stage that they will need to be committed over the coming weeks if they are to represent their country.
On reflection, at all of the trials we have been immensely pleased and privileged to have witnessed such an extremely high standard. All of the players in attendance have shown great attitude and enthusiasm towards the process. Demonstrating dignity and respect to other opponents, with a healthy level of competition combining to produce and embrace the true ethos of walking football.
The feedback we have received during this new venture has only been positive. Players expressing feelings of enjoyment and pride in being involved, including the buzz of opportunity to rise to the challenge and play amongst the best players in the country. Irrespective of backgrounds and experience people have been brought together, they have put club rivalries to one side, played with a smile on their face and shared a joke at the end. We hope that new friendships and associations are also formed as a result. Surely that’s what it’s all about!
Whether you agree or disagree with the whole procedure it’s all about choice and opportunity for all. If one person has enjoyed a day at the trials then all the hard work has been worth it. With the exposure the trials have created maybe others will be inspired to take up the game irrespective of age or ability.
This international walking football initiative has been a trailblazing opportunity for all involved, hopefully this new venture contributes to further develop the game at different levels both at home and abroad. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the clubs and their players for their support. Also, the referees, that have received much acclaim for their professionalism throughout. The venues and staff that have helped facilitate the trials and special thanks to the voluntary support of my management team and the support of the over 60’s team including all involved at the WFA”.
Thanks to Brian Keates for the photos
Thanks to Ruth Tongue for the warm up / cool down sessions.
BWFC/ENGLAND & WALES ON WELSH TV
Back in January Birminghams over 50’s represented England in the Home International game against Wales at the Pontypridd Stadium. The impressive England side finished 8-1 and footage from the match and interviews with managers was aired last night on Welsh TV. Click on the link to watch.
BWFC AT ST GEORGES PARK – 5/4/18
Today some of our lucky over 50’s were invited by the FA to play at St Georges Park in a short tournament against three other walking football teams along with other youth teams from the region. In addition to the tournaments the teams all got a tour of Englands training ground and amazing facilities at the centre in Burton. Whilst there the FA hosted the UEFA Under 17 European Championship fixtures draw where honorary ambassador Wayne Rooney and ex England Ladies Alex Scott took part. Our very own England Over 50’s Manager Paul Murtagh and team coach David Castle got a brief meet with current England Team Manager Gareth Southgate and quized him for advice on the up and coming England games!
NEW OVER 40’S WALKING FOOTBALL SESSION
We are starting a new over 40’s session at Solihull Football Centre starting Saturday 21st April 12.30 – 13.45 so please put in your diaries, we look forward to your support for this new session.
EASTER OPENING TIMES
All walking football sessions will be on as usual at Beechcroft on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Monday.
The ladies walking football session on Bank holiday Monday at Solihull Football Centre is CANCELLED, resuming as normal the following week 9TH APRIL.
Sport Relief 5 Live-A-Side Challenge Manchester
Friday saw BWFC gather a last minute team to head to Manchester to play against Robbie Savages Allstars in aid of Sport Relief. Heres the match report.
Having cleared registration, the team took to the field. We shook hands
with Robbie and his team before we started, just in case we didn’t want to
With Alan George sitting out as sub the starting line-up of
Les Dawson (Goalkeeper), Simon Dyer and John Crampton in defence, Alan
Baillie (Midfield) and Mark Gibbons up front flew out of the blocks and put
the pressure on the opposition from the off. With just 16 minutes to make
our mark we didn’t want to hang about, and it wasn’t long before JC
slipped a ball through to Mark who netted the first goal of the game.
The play was end to end and, just as Robbie thought his team were getting the
upper hand, Alan George sent a great ball to Alan Baillie who hit a superb drive straight
across the keeper and into the far corner. 2-0 Birmingham.
Mr Savage thought he was going to get one back for the celebrities, but Les Dawson
made two great blocks to deny the blonde terrier, who wasn’t too happy with
Les. Shame! Simon Dyer was doing a great job in keeping the opposition
in check at the back, so Robbie decided to bring on Peter Reid in an effort
to get past Simon, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Birmingham were making
regular changes to the team. It was to give every player an equal time on
the pitch, but quite frankly I think this just confused the opposition.
Great tactics! Shortly before the end JC broke through to side foot a
third goal. In those immortal words, they thought it was all over – it was
CALLING ALL BWFC SUPPORTERS
The next two days are full of walking football matches for our BWFC teams as our over 60’s take on Weston-super-Mare in a friendly at Solihull Football Centre at 15:00 on Friday (23rd March) and FOUR other teams (Over 50’s Blues, Over 50’s Whites, Over 65’s and Ladies) take part in the FA Peoples Cup at Star City kicking off at 14:00 on Saturday (24th March). We urge any of you who are free to come and support at both locations and cheer our teams to success!!
BBC INVITE TO SPORT RELIEF CHALLENGE!
BWFC have been invited by the BBC to attend the Sport Relief 5 Live-A-Side Challenge tomorrow in Manchester!
The challenge involves playing against Robbie Savage’s All Stars and the team could potentially be joined by a celebrity player for some or all of the match.
The event will be covered extensively by the BBC Sport website and BBC 5 Live, whilst the entire challenge will be streamed online and on the Red Button – BWFC PLAY AT 16:04!
The day will include meeting Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given who is taking to the nets to complete 12 non-stop hours of penalty shoot out, with members of the public lining up to take their best shots against him.
Click on link to find out more! https://www.sportrelief.com/news/bbc-radio-5-live-announces-5-live-aside
Sessions will be ON as usual on Good Friday 30/3/18, Easter Saturday 31/3/18 and Bank holiday Monday 02/4/18.
OVER 50’S & 60’S ENGLANDS TRIALS IN BURNLEY
Whilst there was furore over famous faces and names attending the over 60’s England Trials in Burnley, this did not detract from ‘business as usual’ at the over 50’s. The superb exposure that the sport is currently receiving from all levels of the media, meant the 27 hopefuls from the Northern region needed to stay focussed. Amongst premiership surrounding of Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley FC’s incredible facilities provided the backdrop for what many would consider the most competitive and hard fought trial to date.
Quality players from some of the country’s top teams came together in an attempt to showcase their credentials to get selected for the inaugural over 50’s England squad.
The England selectors were not disappointed as players gave their all and adapted well to the differing scenarios and situations that were put to them. As in all the trials, players ‘thrown’ together created some excellent football and some real food for thought for the management team.
After the trial manager Paul Murtagh commented …
“Today has been a pretty special day, the facilities here at Burnley are amazing and the players seemed to have responded accordingly. Obviously this week has been fantastic for the game with the overwhelming media interest in Tommy (Charlton) and Alan (Kennedy). We hope, that as a result, the exposure raises further awareness of the sport and that other people may be inspired to take the plunge, give it a go and enjoy the many benefits of Walking Football. With regards to the trials we are grateful for the support again from the players, as we all know that without the players that are here and more importantly the players and officials from the clubs around the country we don’t have a sport. We were looking forward to coming here today and we were certainly not disappointed, many of these guys have given us a really difficult task when we select the squad next month, the selection headache gets worse!”
The final trial is to be held early April and the squad for the first International against Italy in May is due to be announced shortly after.
GUESS WHAT? SNOW STOPS PLAY!
SNOW IS STOPPING PLAY AT BEECHCROFTS OVER 40’S SESSION THIS EVENING (THURSDAY 1/3/18 18.45-20.00) IRONICALLY THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!! AS YOU KNOW TOMORROW ALL WALKING FOOTBALL AND TENNIS SESSIONS AT BEECHCROFT ARE OFF!!
SESSION / WEATHER WARNINGS!
We are anticipating bad weather for the following walking football sessions tomorrow so it is with regret that we are cancelling both. (Thursday 1/3/18 Over 65’s 11.00-12.30 and 13.00-14.00). As we do not have a crystal ball we propose to hold a social for these two sessions where you can play table tennis and have a cup of tea and a biscuit with Martyn. IF enough players turn up and it is safe to do so Martyn will run the walking football session as normal. At the moment the 18.45-20.00 session we plan to run as normal. We will keep you posted!
FRIDAY – 2/3/18 ALL WALKING FOOTBALL SESSIONS CANCELLED AS WEATHER IS SET TO WORSEN.
SATURDAY WALKING FOOTBALL SESSION -3/3/18 – A DECISION WILL BE MADE ON FRIDAY WHEN WE HAVE A CLEARER MORE UP TO DATE PICTURE OF THE WEATHER
SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.
BWFC ONLINE KIT SHOP NOW OPEN
Birmingham walking football club now has an online merchandise club shop through Macron West Midlands. Full kits start from £32, but if you prefer a tracksuit, a coat or just the BWFC shirt on its own you can now order online from the comfort of your own home, get it personalised and posted! Please note that kits come up small so we advise to order the next size up.
Please visit macronstorewestmidlands.com
NEW LADIES SESSION AT SOLIHULL
We are starting a new session of Ladies Walking Football at Solihull Football Centre on Monday 26th February from 8.00-9.15 pm, this is in addition to our Friday nights at Beechcroft so please try to support it. Please note the pitch at Solihull is 3G and only moulded studs or pimple trainers can be worn. Session cost will be £5, first session FREE for new comers.
FA INVITE TO ST GEORGES PARK
Last Friday saw nine of our walking footballers get an invite to St Georges Park in Burton, training ground to the England team! The invitation involved the guys playing on the indoor astro pitch, getting a tour of the park and being involved in various interviews and photo shoots to promote the up and coming FA Peoples Cup.
SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR THE LADIES – WALKING NETBALL
TUESDAYS 9.30-10.30 at Beechcroft. Don’t take our word for it, watch this clip by the BBC Get Inspired team. Will it make you Get Up And Go?
Follow this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/netball/42552518
RAISE FUNDS BY SPENDING!
Do you shop online? You can raise money for Beechcroft everytime you buy just by shopping through our easyfundraising page, and it’s completely free! follow this link and get raising! https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/beechcrofttennis/
NEW RULES FOR 2018
Affiliate members have voted on the following proposals, and will see their game shaping now, in readiness for the 2018 Nationals.
1. A ball saved or deflected by the goalkeeper over head height and out of play on pitches with goal lines shall be a corner (currently a retention by the keeper.) YES – 74%
2. A ball saved or deflected by the goalkeeper over head height within the penalty area that crosses the goal line shall stand as a goal (currently a dead ball scenario and no goal.) YES – 83%
3. Shin guards are compulsory in all competitive games – no pads, no play (currently ‘not compulsory but advisable’ in a non-contact format.) YES – 52%
4. A ball may be ‘poached’ cleanly and without contact from between the legs of the player in possession of the ball (currently ambiguous as a tackle from behind.) YES – 89%
5. A goalkeeper may distribute the ball from the area whilst grounded (currently an infringement as all players must not play from a grounded position.) YES – 75%
NEW YEAR NEW SESSION!
We will be starting a new over 65’s session in the New Year at Beechcroft.
The session will start on TUESDAY 16TH JANUARY 2018 from 2.30pm to 4.00pm, we look forward to seeing you there
Remember, all Walking Football sessions are as normal over the Christmas period except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Wednesday 13th December over 70’s Walking Football 09:30 session is OFF, Solihulls Walking Football session 14:00 is OFF.
We will be down at Beechcroft in the morning to clear pitches in an attempt to keep the 11:30 session on please keep watch on the website for further updates.
We should have the pitches clear tomorrow for the Thursday program to be unaffected.
If you are bored, have missed the exercise and love shoveling snow then why not join us in the morning for a FREE session of walking snow shoveling at Beechcroft from 09:00 onwards!!!
THE MONTHLY REFEREE COURSE IS ON THIS SUNDAY (17/12) AT SOLIHULL, SO IF YOU FANCY A FREE GAME THERE JUST COME ALONG AT 14:00. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING SO I HAVE AN IDEA OF NUMBERS.
ALL WALKING FOOTBALL SESSIONS CANCELLED 11TH AND 12TH DEC 2017
UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO THE WEATHER CONDITIONS WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL ALL WALKING FOOTBALL SESSIONS AT BOTH CLUBS FOR THE WHOLE OF MONDAY AND TUESDAY.
WITH THE WEATHER SET TO CHANGE TUESDAY EVENING WE WILL DO OUR VERY BEST TO RESUME NORMAL ACTIVITIES ON WEDNESDAY.
WE WILL OF COURSE KEEP YOU INFORMED.
SAT 40+ WALKING FOOTBALL IS ON!!
After a lot of hard work by team Beechcroft the pitch has been cleared and is ready to play on for todays (9/12/17) over 40’s walking football session! See you there at 12.30!
TONIGHTS LADIES WF SESSION CANCELLED 8/12/17
Sorry Ladies but we have made the decision to cancel tonights walking football session at 19.45 due to the weather. Back as normal next week.
SESSIONS CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW!
Due to heavy snow todays (8/12/17) over 60’s sessions at 11.30 and 1.30 are CANCELLED!! Sorry guys we are fighting a loosing battle trying to clear the pitch! The ladies session this evening will be decided on later, watch this space!
FIRST AID TRAINING
Two of our coaches have recently received FREE first aid training. Please follow the link below if you interested in doing a course with Train Aid.
CHRISTMAS PARTY SNAPS
Well this years Beechcroft Christmas party was well attended by a record 114 people at Solihull Football Centre. The band ‘Mr President’ entertained the party goers untill the early hours getting even walking football coach Nelly on the dance floor! Here are a few snaps of the evening.
NOTICE OF CLUB CLOSURE
This weekend SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER 2018 All Beechcroft sessions will be OFF with the exception of the Walking football session which will take place at our sister location Solihull Football Centre at 12.30. (www.solihullfootballcentre.co.uk) as part of the Solihull Indoor Bowls open day.
SOLIHULL FOOTBALL CENTRE FOOTWEAR REMINDER
Just a quick reminder of the acceptable footwear at Solihull Football Centre.
BWFC ON SKY SPORTS
If you missed BWFC on sky sports a few months ago, don’t frett! Get yourself a cuppa sit down and relax and enjoy the film courtesy of The Walking Football Association, SGTV and Sky Sports!
” You’ll Never Walk Alone” – https://thewfa.co.uk/#fvp_promo-2
BWFC HITS THE LOCAL PAPER!
SESSION TIME CHANGE
(WALKING FOOTBALL THURSDAY 40+ / CONTROLLED FOOTBALL)
Due to the volume of traffic coming into/out of the club on a Thurday evening we have decided to change the times of the following sessions to help alleviate conjestion in the car park and Beechcroft Ave. These changes will start from next week THURSDAY 9th NOVEMBER 2017
OLD TIMES – WF 40+ 6.30PM – 7.45PM …….. NEW TIME – 6.45PM – 8.00PM
OLD TIMES – CONTROLLED FOOTBALL 8.00PM – 9.15PM…..NEW TIME – 8.15PM – 9.30PM
Please do not arrive too early to your preferred session to help with this issue. Many thanks, Beechcroft team.
ENGLAND MANAGEMENT INTERVIEWS WITH WALKING FOOTBALL.COM
At certain times of the day/night Beechcroft car park can become very busy and players are parking on Beechcroft Ave. This is fine as long as you are parking with consideration to the residents. Making sure they have access into and out of the road is not only courteous but essential for emmergency vehicles. It has been brought to our attention that people are parking on the road when the car park has spaces, PLEASE use the space in the car park BEFORE using the road. Thank you.
BWFC NATIONAL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS 2017
Birmingham Over 50’s confirmed their status as the leading lights in Walking Football as they took their second major National Trophy in as many months, as they were crowned National Champions in the most prestigious WFA Tournament.
Up against two previous winners and a three times finalist they took the spoils with an impressive all round display, their first game against Leggy Mambos from Barnsley was a cagey affair Darren Bradley and David Castle kept things tight at the back and only limited opportunities for Ian Ward and Dave Norton meant a statement 0-0 result . In their second fixture against Stroud, Birmingham totally dominated as shots rained in on John Hammonds in the Stroud goal, some incredible saves and the post kept Birmingham at bay, then an innocuous shot found its way to the back of Birmingham’s net. Mike Milligan was proving a handful for Stroud’s defence as he continually found Ward and Norton with superb passes, Andy Struthers and Dave Wright both went close when yet another Milligan pass slipped in Ward and his low shot beat the keeper only for the referee to have adjudged it as encroaching the area. With time ticking away Birmingham were staring their first defeat at impressive Solihull base, when a brilliant Bradley pass saw Dave Norton fire home .With the Brummies totally on top Norton scored again with only seconds remaining to mean only a draw was needed to qualify for the final.
Last year’s Champions Herne Bay stood in their way, another Dave Norton rocket put Birmingham in control and their flowing game meant a comfortable passage to their first ever WFA National Final as the Bradley and Castle partnership again proved solid. If their group stage game against the all conquering Leggy Mambos was cagey, the final was anything but, both teams had chances in the first few minutes with Derek Hughes making an excellent save in the Birmingham goal, Two minutes before half time Ward and Norton exchanged passes brilliantly and Norton coolly slotted home in front of the jubilant crowd to put one and on the cup.
Shortly after half time Norton swivelled and shot to put Birmingham two up with seven minutes to play, Leggy Mambo’s then threw everything at Birmingham and gave themselves hope with a goal two minutes from time, in a breakaway Norton had a chance to complete his hat-trick but blazed over from close range. Milligan calmed everyone’s nervous with a faultless display retaining possession for long periods and the referees whistle meant Birmingham were National Champions.
Dave Norton was duly named Player of the Tournament for his brilliant 5 goals and all round play, but the secret of their hugely successful season has been the journey they have made has been as a team with everyone contributing at important times. They now represent England in the Home Internationals in Wales in December with the hope of been crowned British Champions.
After the game Birmingham Manager Paul Murtagh said, “I can’t tell you how relieved I am that we finally won in this major tournament! These guys deserve it after all the near misses and disappointment they’ve had in the previous years, always a bridesmaid tag can now be officially removed! The team played tremendously well today and all got behind the ball and defended their lead when it really mattered. Respect goes out to our worthy opponents Leggy Mambos who battled till the final whistle.”
WALKING FOOTBALL MATCH VOLENTEERS NEEDED
REFEREE COURSE Saturday 4th NOVEMBER 2017 We are hosting the second Walking football Association referees course at the new venue in Solihull, on the above date, 2-4 pm. They have asked us to provide some players to take part in a game that will be refereed by the candidates for practical experience. Can we have a few volunteers to play please … let Paul Murtagh know ASAP if you are available, it will be a free session.
BREAKING NEWS – ENGLAND MANAGERS APPOINTED
BIRMINGHAM FA PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY – 22/10/17 – OVER 50’s
BWFC had a busy day last Sunday with BWFC Blues playing in the National Championships Central Final at Solihull and BWFC Whites playing for the Birmingham FA Premier League trophy! The Whites who played away in Bedworth beat Coleshill Town 2-0, Bedworth United 3-0 and lost out in their last game to an active Wyndley side 3-2! Manager Simon Dyer taking the role of Goal keeper in place of the regular Martin Williams due to the sudden passing of his Mother, our thoughts and sympathies are with him and his family. Congratulations to the team who get to hold the coverted shield for the next twelve months!
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS CENTRAL FINAL – 22/10/17 OVER 50’s WINNERS
Birmingham’s Over 50 ’s confirmed their place in the Prestigious WFA National Final for the second consecutive year, by overcoming Sheffield United, Norwich City and Hereford, they became the only team to qualify for all four majors in 2017 (Peoples Cup, EFL Trophy and Champion of Champions)
Their first fixture played at Solihull Walking Football Centre against Sheffield proved a tight affair, the ever impressive Ian Ward giving the Brummies the lead in the first minute as his shot slid under the advancing keeper. Birmingham looked solid and compact at the back with Darren Bradley, David Castle and Shane Ward rotating successfully to deny any threat from the Yorkshire men. On the stroke of half time, Bradley was adjudged to have encroached into the area and the resulting penalty was despatched with confidence to draw the scores level. The second half was much the same as the first as Birmingham seemed in control with their passing game working to great effect. From a free kick Sheff Utd were found napping and a brilliant short pass from Darren Bradley found Shane Ward in space and he cooly slotted home. Despite losing a player in the last two minutes Birmingham saw out the game with some resolute and effective defending. Derek Hughes in goal showing both confidence and great distribution.
The 2-1 victory against their perceived most difficult opponent had left Birmingham in great spirit , but realising they needed to be thoroughly professional they kept their shape and concentration during their next game against Norwich City who had lost their first fixture to Hereford, Manager Paul Murtagh continually using rotating substitutes to great effect , once again the perfect start was achieved as Dave Norton turned from a Andy Struthers pass to smash home the opener, then Dave Wright, used as an impact substitute, rolled his defender continually to score two sublime goals to give Birmingham a 3-0 half time lead. Struthers, Ward and the in-form Wright went close in the second half, but to no avail, the only blemish for Birmingham being a sloppy last minute consolation for Norwich. The 3-1 victory meant that only a draw was needed to secure their place in the National Final.
Hereford had proved to be a tough opponent but lacked a cutting edge, so Birmingham knew that a goal would probably be enough for them to confirm qualification, Norton, Castle and Ian Ward had all had chances but a goalless first half meant it was still in the balance. Dave Wright then produced some sublime skill as another inch perfect Norton pass was latched onto and he cooly dinked the keeper to give Birmingham the lead, this was soon doubled as Norton beat the keeper on the near post with a superb turn and shot a 2-0 victory confirming their advancement.
After the game Manager Paul Murtagh commented, “This was a very satisfying victory for us, having 7 outfield players of the quality we have gives me so many options with rotating the guys, giving them breaks and enabling them to stay fresh. At times our football was a joy to watch, Dave, Brads and Shane are developing such a good understanding at the back and in Norts, Andy, Dave and Wardy we have goals and skill in abundance. We know we need to stay focussed and we will have a chance in the final next week, the WFA Final has always been our focus, as we were not happy with our performance at last year’s event, this gives us a great opportunity to put it right ”
NEVER TOO EARLY TO THINK ABOUT CHRISTMAS!
NEW WALKING FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
Please follow link to view the most recent WFA newsletter in which BWFC feature heavily this month!
BWFC AND DAVE NORTON HIT THE HEADLINES ONCE MORE!
Our very own Dave Norton gets interviewed by The Local Answer on his take of our version of the beautiful game… http://thelocalanswer.co.uk/news/sports/football/1709-all-general-walking-football.aspx
BWFC SKY SPORTS TRANSMISSIONS!
Recently the Walking Football Association (WFA) in connection with Sky Sports visited two walking football sites (us and Wigan) to interview and film players/managers on their experience of the game. We are proud to announce that the Sky Sports Programme will be broadcast on the following dates/times for your viewing pleasure! So set your sky box, grab a drink and tell your friends to tune in and watch! The more people who view the more awareness we can create in the game. The attention we receive from sponsors and broadcasters will help us move this marvellous sport forward for more people to enjoy. We would like to thank SKY SPORTS for their interest in us.
Tuesday 3rd October
7.00pm – Sky Sports Football
8.30pm – Sky Sports Football
10.00pm – Sky Sports Mix
11.00pm – Sky Sports Football
Wednesday 4th October
9.00am – Sky Sports Football
1.00pm – Sky Sports Football
3.00pm – Sky Sports Mix
5.00pm – Sky Sports Football
7.00pm – Sky Sports Mix
9.00pm – Sky Sports Football
10.00pm – Sky Sports Mix
THESE DATE/TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE SO PLEASE CHECK LISTINGS!
WEDNESDAY SESSION AT SOLIHULL WFC UPDATE
With regard to the new Walking Football session at Solihull Football Centre, Brick Kiln Lane, on Wednesday afternoons from
2.00pm – 3.15pm this has been changed from OVER 50’S to an OVER 60’S SESSION
WFA LEAGUE OF CHAMPIONS TOURNAMENT WINNERS
Birmingham finally land a major!
BWFC made it 2 trophies in 2 weeks following up from their Bham FA league success, the previous week. Winning the league meant that BWFC qualified for the WFA league of Champions trophy. The tournament brought together all the winners of their respective leagues and was to be held at the new walking football centre in Solihull. Teams from Hartlepool to Kent travelled to the new centre to play the tournament in glorious sunshine throughout the day.
First up for BWFC were the very solid Seaton Carew from Hartlepool. A cagey 0-0 affair was played out with the best chance falling to Seaton that brought out the very best of the Birmingham keeper Derek Hughes, diving at full stretch to keep out the Northerners. Notoriously slow starters BWFC soon found their groove and dispatched Derbyshire outfit, Risley Kicks 5-1, with goals from D Norton, A Struthers, I Ward, D Wright and goal of the tournament from Ian ‘Razor’ Gough. Next up for BWFC were Abbeymead Rovers, a very comfortable 2-0 win, Birmingham rarely troubled, looking comfortable throughout, Dave Norton and Dave Wright on the score sheet. As the tournament heated up Birmingham and National Champions Herne Bay were both unbeaten and faced each other next. Birmingham took the initiative but with Herne Bay happy to defend around their area, chances were at a premium. Best chance falling to Dave Norton in the final minute who chipped the keeper but unfortunately ‘over head height’! final score 0-0. Final game for Birmingham was against Derbyshire league champs Burton Albion. Due to tournament rules BWFC just needed to win and not concede (goals against taking priority over goal difference). A thoroughly professional job was done in emphatic style winning 5-0. (D Norton, D Wright, I Ward x 2, A Struthers). Birmingham now sat top of the league but with Seaton Carew and Herne Bay still to play. Seaton triumphed in an ill tempered affair which meant BWFC finished 2nd unbeaten, only conceding 1 goal. BWFC now faced Seaton in a repeat of the opening game in the final. Seaton took the upper hand in the early stages while Birmingham adopted to the larger pitch. BWFC grew into the game and it took a moment of quality from Darren Bradley to break the deadlock. Bradley latched onto an inch perfect pass following a free kick from Ian Ward and dispatched a superb strike into the bottom left corner of the Seaton goal. BWFC played out the remainder of the match without scare to seal their first major success.
Manager Paul Murtagh commented …
“I thought the lads were class today, every one of them played for each other and the team gelled as a result. It’s so satisfying to finally win a major trophy having come so close on so many other occasions, It’s extra sweet to do it on our new ground! Hopefully this win has broken the duck and is the first of many as we establish ourselves as a major force in the game”
BIRMINGHAM COUNTY FA WALKING FOOTBALL LEAGUE.
Qualification for the semi final of The WFA Central Final on October 22nd meant that Birmingham’s over 50’s had to go into the penultimate weekend of the inaugural County FA league having to fulfil their remaining four fixtures to ensure their name was on the trophy, as a fixture clash would have ensued.
Knowing that 3 wins from their remaining fixtures would be enough they were relaxed if not spectacular in their 5-0 win over Coleshill. A brace from Ian Ward and singles from Darren Bradley, Dave Norton and Dave Wright meant only two more wins were needed. Meantime Sutton Town’s team had failed to arrive which meant a 3-0 walk over left one win from two games would be enough to take the spoils.
Birmingham started brightly as shots rained in on the Bedworth keeper, Norton was denied with a brilliant save which was pushed onto the crossbar and both Ward and Wright were also thwarted by the woodwork. As Birmingham pushed for what would be the title winning goals they were caught out at the back, Dave Castle was unable to stop a three man break and Bedworth scored past Derek Hughes after 6 minutes. Press as they might the brummies were unable to unlock a solid and organised defence and then some brilliant goalkeeping. In fact but for a couple of outstanding close range saves from Hughes it could have been more as Bedworth’s counter attacking game was proving effective. A 1-0 defeat, their first of the whole tournament meant only victory against Wyndley would be enough to crown Birmingham as Champions and in turn qualify them for the Champions trophy to be held at Solihull the following week.
Normal service was resumed as a brilliant Andy Struthers pass for the first of Dave Norton’s hat trick and two from Dave Wright meant a 5-1 victory and another trophy for the bulging cabinet at Beechcroft Avenue.
Afterwards captain Dave Castle said, “At times today we looked flat , we have played a lot together now and should be able to adapt a little better than what we did when teams put men behind the ball. Sometimes though when we’ve gone so long unbeaten a defeat can do us good , perhaps bring some perspective and reality to the situation, but at the end of the day we have done enough to win the trophy and that’s the main thing.”
NEW WALKING FOOTBALL SESSIONS AT OUR NEW ALTERNATIVE VENUE
NEW ONLINE CLUB SHOP FOR BWFC MERCHANDISE GOES LIVE!!!
As promised the new club shop which has a range of on and off field clothing including the new playing strip. has now gone LIVE!
Just click on the link and order any items you require direct with the Macron shop and get them delivered to your home address. These clothing items are a great idea for Christmas / Birthday presents so why not get your list together early this year?!
Alternatively paste the following into your browser … http://macronstorewestmidlands.com/shop/club-shops/birmingham-walking-fc/
BANK HOLIDAY NOTICE
Please note that ALL sessions on Monday 28th August will NOT take place due to the bank holiday.
However, the Tuesday over 40 session WILL restart on 29th August, 18:30.
NEW SESSION STARTS TOMORROW WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY
DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND AS OF TOMORROW WE ARE STARTING A NEW NON CONTACT OVER 70’S WALKING FOOTBALL SESSION.
WEDNESDAYS 09.30AM- 11.00AM £3 MEMBERS £4 NON MEMBERS
WALKING FOOTBALL PROMOTIONAL VIDEO
BWFC has recently been working with the Walking Football Association (WFA) to promote the game so for your viewing pleasure click on the following link for a look .. https://player.vimeo.com/video/221236255.
NEW OVER 70’S SESSION LAUNCHES NEXT WEEK!
Due to popular demand we have managed to squeeze a new session into the current menu of walking football. Starting next week Wednesday 19th July an over 70’s session will begin at 09.30 -11.00am. This session will be non-contact. Subsequently the over 50’s session on Wednesday, will move to the slightly later time of 11:30 – 13:00 to accommodate.
See the timetable below;
Walking Football Association recently featured Birmingham Walking Football Club in their latest newletter. Click here to view the newsletter.
LOVE BRUM CHEQUE PRESENTATION
Love Brum came down to Beechcroft yesterday to present our team with a cheque for £1130!!! A huge thanks to all those at Love Brum, BCFC and HJ Wealth and Planning for their support and belief in our community club, which are extremely grateful.
NOTICE OF WEDNESDAY SESSION CANCELLATION (1 WEEK ONLY)
NEXT WEDNESDAY 21ST JUNE 11-12.30 50+ SESSION CANCELLED (DUE TO SCHOOL HIRE), SESSION WILL RESUME AS USUAL ON 28TH JUNE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED
Birmingham Walking Football Club is proud to unveil their new home strip and new range of off-field clothing.
Full playing kit is priced at £45 with a shirt only option of £29.
FULL KIT (TOP/SHORTS/SOCKS) – £45 Includes badge, choice of printed large number on back (and name if required), printed sponsor, printed number on shorts.
KIT TOP – £29 Includes badge, choice of printed large number on back (and name if required) and printed sponsor.
The suppliers are visiting the club this Saturday, 10th June, between 11:00am and 12:30pm. They will have samples of the range to try on and will be able to take orders.
WALKING NETBALL WEDNESDAYS!
Last week we held our first session of walking netball, the sun was out and the feedback from the ladies was great! Why not dust off those trainers girls and get down to Beechcroft Wednesdays at 3.30 and give it a go!
BANK HOLIDAY WALKING FOOTBALL SESSIONS
This bank holiday Monday 29th May walking football sessions will be ON as normal
WALKING NETBALL STARTS TOMORROW!
Walking netball starts tomorrow 24th May at 3.30 at Beechcroft why not come along and give it a go? First session is FREE!
Walking Netball – YouTube from Netball WestMidlands’s
REDDITCH STANDARD WORLD CUP ARTICLE
AN ODE TO WALKING FOOTBALL – BY DAVID CASTLE
To kick the ball but not to run
Tournament football or just for fun
Change my gait for a fast walk
Referees still say, I’ve too much talk
Competitive games I’ve played over a ton
Success guaranteed over three quarters won
Playing with pro’s like Milly, Norts and Brads
Or simply us mere mortals, Dad’s and Grandads
Friends I have met with character and force
Like Wrighty, and Struthers and Razor of course
Murts is our leader to whom we all owe dear
The future is fitter and that’s very clear
World Cup in the bag, shout it so loud
The whole club behind them, made us so proud
With the Thorp brothers starring and scoring for fun
Huntington and Crampton, they watch every run
Don’t let them tell you that this football’s a bore
Walking football’s fast growing members galore
We just need to make sure we can take a good pen
We’d be unbeaten forever, imagine it then
WALKING NETBALL IS BACK!
Walking netball starts on Wednesday 24th May form 3.30 to 4.30. It will run for 10 weeks and the first session is free.
ENGLAND WIN THE WORLD CUP!
Now there’s a term you thought you’d never hear again, for a while at least!
BWFC were invited to enter a team to represent England in the International Super Vets 5 a side world cup football tournament held in Swansea 12th May 2017. Games were scheduled against teams representing Scotland, Wales and Canada. The Over 65’s Walking football category was a first for the tournament organizers who have been organizing international tournaments all over the world since 2009. First up for England was Scotland, and England got off to a dream start when Derek Thorp slotted home to put the three lions 1 up after being superbly set up by his brother Malcolm. However, a few minutes later a mix up in the England defence allowed Scotland back in to level at 1-1. England struggled to find the fluency they showed in recent warm up games and Scotland (fielding BWFC midfielder Frank Hughes) were deserving of their point, Final score 1-1. Next up, England v Wales Vets, again Derek Thorp produced a fine strike to put England in the driving seat early on to go 1-0 up against the experienced Welsh. An even contest throughout with the Welsh causing problems for the English defence making good use of the aerial ball and the ability of the goalkeeper to advance out of his area. In one such instance the Welsh were lucky to have their goalkeeper on the pitch after deliberately handling a goal bound shot on the half way line!! Fortunately it didn’t prove costly for England and they ran out deserved winners, Final score 1-0. England v Wales (YMA O HUD), the People’s Cup finalists of 2015 proved to be no match for England 2 more from D.Thorp, 1 from M.Thorp and a deserved goal for John Crampton really cemented England as the team to beat at the tournament. The scoreline could have been by a greater margin after striking the woodwork twice and missing a penalty. Goals were now precious as England were only ahead of the impressive Scots by goals scored in the tournament table, Final score 4-0. England v Canada, getting their early tournament nerves well out of the way now the England team started to find their groove and brushed aside Canada with 2 further goals from D Thorp and a sublime back healed finish from M Thorp. Keith Phipps, who had never played in goal before the tournament warm up games, was proving to be a real find with a string of fine saves all afternoon. With Del Whitmore and Barry Huntington marshalling the defence superbly England looked secure at the back. John Crampton and Dave Burgess showed their versatility by doing the job asked of them in both Midfield and defence and John Limborne proved he can play in more than one position and was unlucky to hit the post with a fine strike late on. Final score 3-0. Final game for England were the host team representing Wales (Swansea City). It wasn’t long before any nerves we’re calmed when England were awarded a penalty after M.Thorp was clumsily brought down in the area, Derek stepped up only to have his spot kick saved but the impressive Barry Huntington was first to react to hammer home the rebound. A deserved goal for Barry who had been superb all tournament who had gone close several times. A hat trick from goal machine Derek Thorp put the contest beyond doubt and the team played the ball around like Brazil, in glorious sunshine, Final score 4-0. Scotland now needed to score 8 goals in their last match against Wales to overturn the English and a 0-0 draw confirmed England as ‘over 65’s 5 a side world champions’.
Goal scorers, D.Thorp 8, M.Thorp 2, J.Crampton 1, Barry Huntington 1.
Manager Paul Murtagh commented
‘After the recent disappointments suffered by the over 50’s, this victory was even sweeter, I’m over the moon. I felt our preparation was good, the team adapted well to different rules and overcame some quality opposition. Every man played their part and did everything I asked of them. They can all be very proud of themselves and have proved they are a force to be reckoned with in the over 65’s category.”
AMENDED LADIES WALKING FOOTBALL SESSION TIME
Ladies from the 7th April we are moving the ladies walking football session to 7:45 – 9:00pm Hope you can all still make it!
LADIES SESSION SUCCESS
Last Friday saw the introduction of our womens only walking football session. 17, yes 17 ladies turned up to play! Ladies who had never kicked a football in their lives, ladies who don’t do any regular excercise, ladies who had always stood on the sideline watching their kids play rocked up to give the game a go, along side ladies who have played for clubs in their youth or attend mixed sessions at Beechcroft already. The session went well with teams taking turns to go in goal (and get their breath back) and rejoicing in the great defending, goal finishing and the making of new friends. This week despite the dismal weather 13 ladies attended including two new comers to stretch their leg muscles and play in the rain. Thank you to all those who joined us for the session, we look forward to seeing you next week, same time same place!
FRIDAYS 8PM – BEECHCROFT MULTI SPORTS CLUB
PEOPLES CUP 2017….AND SO IT BEGINS!
COME AND SUPPORT OUR BWFC OVER 35’S AND OVER 50’S TEAMS ENTERED INTO THE #PeoplesCup THIS SATURDAY AT GOALS STAR CITY BHAM. IF YOU FANCY A DAY OUT THE OVER 65’S PLAY IN DERBY & OVER 50’S IN SHREWSBURY! COME ON BIRMINGHAM LETS DO THIS!
LADIES WE NEED YOU!!
Are you over 40 or over 50 and facy playing Walking Football with a bunch of like minded women? Why not come along on Friday 24th February 8pm and join us in starting Beechcrofts first Ladies only Walking Football Team!
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COLLECT SAINSBURYS ACTIVE VOUCHERS FOR BEECHCROFT!
Sainsburys are giving away free sports equiptment for clubs collecting Active vouchers. Dont forget to collect yours at the till when you pay and bring them into Beechcroft next time you come. The collection box is in the club house. Thank you in advance!
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting free donations for Beechcroft Tennis and Multi Sports Community Club?
There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…
1. Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/beechcrofttennis/ and join for free.
2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!
There are no catches or hidden charges and Beechcroft Tennis and Multi Sports Community Club will be really grateful for your donations.
Thank you for your support.
BEECHCROFT GETS FIRST AID TRAINED!
A number of Beechcroft staff and regulars attended a general first aid training course this afternoon at the club. Would you know what to do in an emergency? Please contact Paul Murtagh if your interested in taking part on a course in the future.
Christmas and new year opening hours
Saturday 24th Dec – Session ON as normal.
Sunday 25th Dec – No session
Monday 26th Dec – No session
Tuesday 27th Dec – No session
Wednesday 28th Dec – Sessions ON as normal
Thursday 29th Dec – Sessions ON as normal
Friday 30th Dec – Sessions ON as normal
Saturday 31st Dec – No session
Sunday 1st Jan 17 – No session
Monday 2nd Jan 17 – Sessions ON as normal
Normal service resumes from Monday 2nd Jan 2017. (so Monday 2nd Jan session is ON as normal).
Beechcrofts Christmas Party 2016
Thank you to all those members, players friends and family who attended this years Christmas party, held at Solihull Indoor Bowls Club. A great night was had by all, full of dancing, food, drink and laughter! A raffle and auction was held to raise money for the club with prizes being donated by, Our sponsors Advanced Colour Coatings (Kev Mann), Mailcoms, Asda, Nandos Shirley, Bangla Lounge Hall Green, The Willows, Blue Ice Plaza & Sally Bluck, Paul Murtagh and Matt Corp.
The Silverlining Charity – 2016 Mission to Namibia
Steve Rodgers has now returned from his trip to Nambibia, here are his highlights!….
I’m back!! I have just returned from my Charity Mission to Namibia with the Silverlining and
wanted to thank you once again for helping me to take part in this amazing trip. I will be sharing
some more photos and information in due course, but in the meantime I thought it would be nice
to give you some quick feedback.
As you know, we went out to a very rural part of Namibia, on
the fringes of the Namib desert, where we provided help to
the Ovihutua Primary School. Our work at the school
involved creating three murals at the entrance of the
dormitory building to brighten things up and help inspire the
children; planting a small vegetable garden to help the
children learn about growing vegetables and keeping good
crops; and each of us giving a 45 minute lesson to the school
My lesson was on the subject of transport and it involved each
child completing a jigsaw puzzle, learning a lot of new words in
English, learning the song ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ with all the
actions and finally doing a little bit of Origami in order to make
their own paper aeroplanes!
The trip out to Namibia was long and tiring. It involved a 12 hour
flight to Johannesburg, a 2 hour flight to Windhoek and then a 4
hour drive out to the area in which the school was located!
We slept in tents, which for me was challenging because of
having to get up and down off the ground. Each day we
walked to the school from our campsite and spent around 4
hours in school in the morning before returning to camp
during the middle and hottest part of the day. We then went
back to the school during the late afternoon for a couple of
hours before returning again to the campsite for the evening.
It was very hot in Namibia at this time of the year. We
recorded the temperature in the shade in the campsite at over 43 dec C at one point!
Apart from the work we did at the school we also managed a
trek to the Brandberg Mountains to see the ‘White Lady’ cave
paintings which are quite amazing. This trek was up a dry
river bed full of large rocks and boulders and was very
challenging for me. However, I made it all the way there and
back with a little bit of help from the others!
On our way back to the airport for the return trip home we
were fortunate enough to stay over night in a small game
lodge close to a water hole where we were able to see many animals including elephants, giraffe,
and warthogs all come down to drink.
So, all in all an incredible experience – one which certainly
the school were very grateful for and one that I really
enjoyed taking part in. I’m sure the experiences that I’ve had
from this trip and working with others from the Silverlining
Charity will be of great benefit to me in the future.
Thank you once again for helping me take part.
From Monday 14th November the driveway will be inaccessible to vehicles as we are having it tarmacked! This will take approx 2 weeks, although its business as usual at the club. Please take care when walking over the uneven ground during this time.
Christmas Party 2016
Come and join us on Friday 2nd December for a Christmas party get together! Tickets are £6 per person, (max of two per player/member initially, general sale thereafter). As the club has grown considerably this last year we have had to hire an alternative venue to fit you all in! We have booked Solihull Indoor Bowls Club on Brick Kiln Lane B91 3LE, however the maximum capacity is 120 so its first come first served on the tickets. There will be a DJ, finger food buffet, Raffle and Auction on the night! We would love to see as many of you as possible, the party starts at 7pm and finishes at 12.00. Please pay in advance at the club, if you’ve not paid before the event we cannot guarantee entry.
Steve’s Charity Football Evening
A huge thank you to everyone at Beechcroft for your fantastic support for Steve’s trip to Namibia with the Silverlining Charity later this month where they will help a rural school.
Friday evening seemed to go very well indeed with a great turn out for Steve and some great games of walking football. It was really super to see players from just about all of the Beechcroft sessions playing in the same games and it was nice to welcome some friends who hadn’t previously played the game. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and even Nick Eaden (Ex Birmingham City and currently first team coach at Coventry) said he worked up a real sweat!
The raffle was very successful and there was some real generosity, particularly from Andy Struthers who made young Callum’s night by donating him his prize of the signed West Brom football! The signed Leicester City ball was won by Noel Preston, one of Steve’s old school friends! A full list of the prizes and the winners will be put up on the notice board in the Club.
The cake sale was a huge success as well and a massive thank you to everyone who made them. They were absolutely delicious!
Having added everything up, my early estimate is that the event will have contributed around £500 to the Silverlining Charity’s 2016 Mission to Namibia – an incredible sum! Thank you so much to everybody!
Silverlining Charity Mission to Namibia 2016 – Steve Rogers
Charity Fundraiser – Walking Football Game & Raffle
Friday 21st October, 7pm
Many of you will know Steve Rogers, a member of the walking football section at Beechcroft.
At the end of October, Steve will be going out to Namibia with a group of around 20 brain injured individuals and their buddies from the Silverlining Charity, a charity that helps brain injured people rebuild their lives through helping others.
The group will be going to the Ovihitua Primary School in Omaruru, a rural area close to the Namib Desert, where they will be helping with maintenance work, painting and decorating and helping to teach the school children. They will be sleeping under canvas and living in very ‘basic’ conditions. As well as benefiting the school, the trip is designed to stretch and test each of the individuals who are going. As part of the challenge, each of the participants has had to raise the funds to cover the costs of their trip.
Steve has already completed a number of challenges to help raise funds including: the Knowle Fun Run, where he walked the 5 mile route in 2hrs; a 169 km cycle ride at the David Lloyd gym in Solihull, equivalent to the distance between Villa Park and Wembley stadium in a time of 7hrs 17mins; the 30 km Heart of England bike ride on his trailer bike with his dad; and, to top everything, he completed a tandem skydive with the army’s Red Devils Free Fall team jumping from a height of 13,000ft (or 2.5 miles)!
Steve has almost reached his fundraising target but as a final event before he leaves for Namibia, we have organised a game of walking football under the new lights at Beechcroft on Friday 21st October 2016, starting at 7pm, followed by coffee and cakes and a raffle.
The game is open to any walking football player to play and we’re hoping that a few ex-professionals from some of the Midlands’ clubs will join us. They’ll be no charge to play, but we hope that players will make a small donation to Steve’s fundraising efforts.
Following the game we’ll enjoy a cup of coffee, some home made cakes and draw the raffle. Steve’s already had donated some great ‘football themed’ prizes, including a genuine Capital One Cup football used by Leicester City and signed by their 2015/16 squad, a signed West Bromwich Albion football, a signed Birmingham City home shirt, and two pairs of tickets for Aston Villa vs Blackburn Rovers. Tickets cost £1 for a strip of 5 and you’ll see them on sale at the regular events taking place at the club in the lead up to 21st October.
Thank you so much for reading this and I do hope that you’ll be able to join us on 21st October either to play or spectate and help to support Steve in his final fundraising effort.
If you are unable to join us on 21st October but would still like to support Steve, please go to: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephenRogersb93
BEECHCROFT CLOSURE ON 20/7/16
ON WEDNESDAY 20TH JULY 2016 BEECHCROFT COURTS/PITCHES WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL 4PM DUE TO FLOODLIGHT INSTALLATION THEREFORE ALL CLASSES WILL BE CANCELLED. THIS IS A ONE OFF DUE TO THE FITTERS NEEDING ACCESS TO THE COURTS. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.
House Of Commons FA Presentation 6/6/16
Today was a very proud day for BWFC as our very own John Cassano, who has been with our Walking football Club since the very early days, was presented with a commendation for being a finalist in the FA Mars Just Play Player awards 2016. John and Birmingham’s Walking Football Manager Paul Murtagh attended the event at the House of Commons in London, where they got to meet other finalists and walking football communities from across the uk. John over the past two years has been very hands on with the club, collecting money, making the tea, showing magic tricks to entertain us all at half time! He has shown true commitment to his team by attending sessions up to 4 times a week, improving his fitness and loosing weight. We are delighted that John has been recognised in this way and we would like to thank the FA for a wonderful experience.
Renovations at Beechcroft continue….
Here are a few pictures showing how the renovation to the clubhouse is going. Won’t be long until the heating is added!
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Walking Football Hits Headlines in local paper
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BWFC footballers captured on film
Last week saw the BBC get inspired film crew interview and film some of our walking footballers on the road to the semi finals of the FA Peoples Cup.
BWFC teams play in Semis of FA Peoples Cup 2016
Today saw two teams represent Beechcroft at the FA Peoples Cup semi finals in Nottingham. (Report on fixtures page)
We are pleased to announce one of the two teams got through to the final taking place at Sheffield next month after winning four of the seven matches played! Well done to all the players involved, we are proud of you all!
Beechcroft Renovations Get The Green Light!
2016 will see the start of a new era for Beechcroft as work gets underway to renovate the pavillion. Planning has been approved by Birmingham council for an extension to the clubhouse, creating much needed store room, office, new kitchen, male and female showers & changing area and a function room. The leaking roof will be replaced, insulation installed, along with new double glazed windows/doors and the long awaited heating! The first stage has already begun with the digging up of the drive to install upgraded electrics in preparation for the heating, showers and floodlights.
All this costs money, and thanks to winning a Sport England Inspired Facilities grant we will be able to carry out most of the work.
Please bare with us while the work is being carried out, we will try to keep everything as functional as possible wherever we can, but do expect some disruption during this time.
An exciting, but busy year ahead for our club.
Beechcroft Proposals – Click here to see our plans!
WE WANT YOUR SAINSBURYS ACTIVE KID VOUCHERS!
Yes it’s that time of year again when Sainsburys are handing out ‘Active Kids’ vouchers for money spent in store or at the service stations. Please help us collect as many as possible to exchange for sports equipment for our club! The collection box is in the clubhouse on the desk. Thank you.
Last Saturday saw Beechcrofts members and friends gather at Moseley Cricket Club for a Christmas Party Fund Raiser. Over a hundred of you came to support the event in which we managed to raise a grand total of £444.50! Many thanks to our sponsors #AdvancedColourCoatings, #AsdaShirley, #TanworthSnowdome, #TheWarwickshireGolfClub, #BanglaLounge,# NandosShirley, #PerryBarrDogs, #BlackCountryMuseum for their donations for our raffle and auction prizes. The money raised will go towards floodlighting our club next year
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New Session this Saturday
A new session aimed at over 25’s will start this Saturday 30th Jan 2016. First session is free. It is played on a smaller AstroTurf pitch with 5-a-side goals, this is a more controlled form of the game. Minimal contact, head height and no sliding tackles ensures a safer enjoyable return to football.
Please be aware that we are making alterations to the drive way of the club in preparation for the long awaited floodlight installation! In doing so vehicle access will be very limited so management have asked that you kindly park (considerately) on neighboring roads or Robin Hood car park during this time. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.
Christmas opening times
All sessions will continue up to and inc Wednesday 23rd December, Walking football will then close for the Christmas period until the next session, which will be Wednesday 30th December. We will close again then for the new year and start back on Saturday 2nd January 2016. Any queries don’t hesitate to call or ask down the club.
Christmas Fund Raiser Success
LET THERE BE LIGHT!
Beechcroft this week received confirmation that our planning application for floodlighting at the club has been APPROVED!!!! Now we begin the process of fund raising to get this project off the ground and keep you guys and girls training year round!
AVIVA COMMUNITY FUNDING RESULTS
A massive THANK YOU to all who voted for us in the recent Aviva community fund appeal, we managed to get 5262 votes altogether which is amazing, and totally humbling to us all here at Beechcroft , to see how much we are supported by you.
All in all we came 4TH in the community group out of 326 with over 3000 applications!
However we are sad to inform you it was only the top 3 projects who went through to the panel stage to win funding, so it looks like our floodlight may have to wait a little longer.
In the meantime lets keep our fingers crossed for a good sporting summer!
THURSDAY NIGHT LOCATION CHANGE FROM 22/10/15
Thursday night over 40s walking football venue is unfortunately having to be changed from Fox Hollies Leisure Centre as they are re surfacing the astro turf. We have managed to find an alternative venue at Lode Heath Senior School on Lode Lane Solihull B91 2HW on their outdoor floodlit astro. The time will remain the same 8-9pm. We hope to raise enough money for floodlights of our own shortly so we can bring you all back ‘home’ on Thursday evenings but until then please bear with us.
BEECHCROFT NEEDS YOU!!!!
Calling all friends of Beechcroft Tennis & Multi Sports Community Club. The club has been shortlisted for up to £25 ,000 Aviva community funding for floodlighting!!!! This would be fantastic for anyone who enjoys sport. We ask if you could spare a few minutes and vote for our club. It’s very easy and you can follow this link Aviva Community fund
It doesn’t take long to register online, you get 10 votes (if you can vote all 10 for Beechcroft that would awesome). Ask your friends/family and work colleagues to vote too. The more votes we get the more chance we have of getting the funding and making a real change for sport in Birmingham. So please Help us and more importantly the club. Thank you!
EXTRA WALKING FOOTBALL SESSION FOR 60+!!!
By popular demand, from Friday 1st May 2015 Beechcroft are offering a new walking football session for those 60 years and over 12.30 -2pm. If you enjoy your walking football but would like a slower pace game why not join us this Friday?
Walking Sports Open Day Success
Our first open day of the year was held today hosting a variety of walking sports, from touchtennis to walking cricket and hockey, and was in good attendance. Fun was had by all as old and new members of the club came to try their hand at new sports. A raffle was held with three winners, Nick Kennedy won the tennis racket, Brendon Glyn won the private Tennis lesson, and first place was Councillor Barry Bowles who wins a years membership at Beechcroft! Congratulations to all the winners.
THURSDAY SESSION TIME/LOCATION CHANGE
Now the darker nights are drawing in we are unable to host the Thursday 40+ Walking Football session at Beechcroft, as we don’t have our floodlights (YET!!) However, knowing how popular this session is we have taken the decision to temporarily move it from 24/9/15 to Fox Hollies Leisure centre on Shirley Road Acocks Green B27 7NS, starting at the slightly later time of 8pm-9pm still on a Thursday to keep you lot out of trouble! As soon as our floodlights are up and working or the evenings get lighter (whichever comes first) we will be back at Beechcroft at the old time. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. FINISHED 21/10/15
BEECHCROFT WINS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PROJECT!
Some weeks ago we were nominated for a Solihull Together For Better Lives award of which we became Finalists! The presentation ceremony took place at the Renewal Centre in Solihull last week where the Mayor of Solihull announced Paul Murtagh the winner of the Award for an Outstanding Project Delivered in the community 2015 for our Walking Football development!
Read about us winning the award . There is the short video of the presentation – ( skip to 3.55 for our award)
HOT NEWS!!!!! From Thursday 2nd April 2015 Beechcroft are adding another Walking Football session to meet popular demand! The session will run on Thursday evenings 6 – 7.15 pm for the over 40s and those with injuries.
The Wednesday session will change with immediate effect to over 50’s and those with injuries. Monday sessions stay the same for the over 50’s and Saturday stays the same for over 40’s.
BEECHCROFT WALKING FOOTBALL CLUB TEAM KITS
Beechcroft Walking Football Club team kits/ tops/ training tops/ track suits are now available to order please see Paul/Zoe Murtagh or contact them on
Paul – 0121 796 1330 / Zoe – 07947 674469
FULL KIT (TOP/SHORTS/SOCKS) – £40 Includes emb badge, printed large number on back, printed sponsor, printed number on shorts
KIT TOP – £27 Includes emb badge, printed large number on back and printed sponsor
GOAL KEEPER KIT (TOP/SHORTS/SOCKS) – £47 Includes emb badge, printed large number on back, printed sponsor, printed number on shorts and padding
GOAL KEEPER TOP – £32 Includes emb badge, printed large number on back, printed sponsor and padding
TRAINING TOP – £25 Includes emb badge and printed small number on front OR initials
TRACK SUIT – £44 – Includes emb badge, printed small number OR initials