Normal service resumed for walking footballers

The Old Bexhillians Walking Football Club ( OBWFC) have well and truly returned to normal service, while still adhering to present Covid -19 rules and regulations.

Twice weekly sessions, on a Tuesday morning and Thursday evening at Little Common Recreation Ground and Bexhill College respectively are the order of the day and many social events are being planned and tournaments are in the pipeline for the clubs’ teams of all ages.

Tomorrow (May 8th) the club has been invited by 1066 Specials Football Team to an event at Bexhill College and later in the month (May 27th) the Over 70s squad travel to Worthing to take part in an event comprising teams from Portsmouth, Brighton and of course Worthing.

The no June 27th a triangular event is being staged at Little Common when squads from Battle and Hastings participate in a league format competition. 

An eclectic mix of social events is also planned taking in a charity quiz night, golf day, indoors sports night and summer barbecue.

In April the club was pleased to invite Andy Sullivan of Emergency Support Team, Hastings, to teach and advise club members of CPR and DEFIB procedures. CPR is the lifesaving medical procedure given to someone in cardiac arrest and DEFIB refers to a defibrillator that applies electric current to the chest wall or heart to control heart fibrillation. This is a subject that is very dear to the heart of our club manager, Mick Davies, as he has been involved himself in this over the years and really wanted to get the message across to the club members on just how important this could be in the event of an incident at our sessions. 

One of the main lessons that came from Andy`s demonstration was that just a few minutes’ swift reaction by a person could greatly assist the paramedic team when they arrive at an incident to treat an injured party. 

Andy gave his time free of charge for the demonstration and the OBWFC gladly donated money to the charity of his choice. In this case this was RE ACT, a disaster response charity that was heavily involved in the Coronavirus pandemic by supplying volunteers to hospitals.

Andy himself volunteered and spent hours at the intensive care unit at The Conquest Hospital helping out.

The club is proud to be associated with this type of charity and the emphasis of the club at its social and playing events is to raise money for local charities that we are all too well aware are doing so much to alleviate hardship in so many quarters.

Fuller details of the clubs’ activities and plans can be obtained from the club manager Mick Davies on 07961008743 or email – mickdavies48@gmail.com

The photograph above shows Andy Sullivan of Emergency Live Support Team passing on great advice to some of our members at The Sports Pavilion, Little Common Recreation Ground.  

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