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EVENTS

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Unique opportunity to play at Chesterfield FC's ground

The Club was offered the unique opportunity to play on the pitch of Chesterfield FC, newly promoted from the National league to the Second Division. On May 8th over 50 members of the Senior Spireites took advantage of this once in a lifetime change to play on the (almost) hallowed turf of our local team.

The Senior Spireites have a long history of links with Chesterfield FC and to use the pitch that the professional players use was a real treat. The playing sessions took place on 4 pitches, that were a quarter of the full size pitch, as a 6-a-side games. The weather was excellent which added to the very enjoyable occasion that was enjoyed by all the participants.

In mid-May the Walking Football World Championships (organised by the IWFF - International Walking Football Federation Council) are being held at the Chesterfield FC' SMH Group stadium with teams from Australia, Lithuania, Sweden, Norway, France, Wales, Poland and the hosts, England. The Senior Spireites are heavily involved in the event providing marshaling services and welcoming the players to Chesterfield.

To download the Zip file of photos of the event that were taken by Chesterfield FC's club photographer clink on the paper clip icon. 

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Happy 80th Birthday Barry Smith!

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The players at Hasland and Dronfield celebrated, somewhat early, Barry Smiths 80th Birthday (on Sunday 5th).

 

Barry was suitably ‘chuffed’ with his card and cake. Although there was only one candle on the cake in case of a ‘Fire Hazard’ with eighty candles! 

 

Special thanks to all concerned and for signing his card and a BIG THANKS to Keith Arrowsmith too for his rendition of Happy Birthday on the cornet.

AGM held in March 2024

The Club's AGM was held on Monday 18th March 2024 and was attended by over 35 members. Reports on the last 12 months' activities by the Club were presented by Malc Perks, Chair, Neil Haddy, Treasurer and Ian Edmundson, Secretary. Copies of their reports can be viewed using the links below together with a copy of the 2023 Financial Accounts.

The current Committee members were all thanked for their hard work and dedication to their roles and each one was re-elected for the next 12 months by the membership.

Challenge game played against Nottingham

On Thursday 29th February at Queens Park, Chesterfield, the Club played a challenge game against Nottingham. All of the players on both teams had Cancer and Heart issues and the match was a celebration of still being able to play football and enjoy life.

It was a very competitive game, finishing in a 2-2 draw.

Many thanks to Mel Pullen for arranging the fixture and managing the Senior Spireites team. Well done to everybody involved!

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Successful match against the Women's team held

The first challenge match between the Senior Spireites Men's team and the Spirettes Women's Walking Football team was held at the Dronfield Akademy in late 2023. 

The game was played in a competitive but friendly spirit and the overall event was very enjoyable. The two teams played 4 x 15 minutes sessions which the Men's team eventually won 5-1. The match was closer than the end score suggests with one of the quarters being 0-0. 

For the men's team there were goals from Alan Reynolds, John Dacey and Jeff Evans. Norman Green made several good saves to restrict the Spirettes to a single goal. Dee-Ann Lewis scored for the women's team and there were some excellent saves from Tricia Borrell.

After the match Cara Doxey of the Spirettes said - “The match was fabulous! Very supportive atmosphere and lots positive advice and encouragement from the referee. Huge effort from both sides - competitive and fun." Donna Fowles added  “I thought the men were very welcoming to us ladies and played the game in the way it was meant to be. The ref was very fair and looked after everyone well. I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the next one”

It is hoped that this will become a regular fixture with the next one to be held in the Spring of 2024.

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Annual Foot Golf Day

The Annual Foot Golf Competition took place at Barlborough Links. 12 members took part, but it was evident from early that John Quinn was well versed in this game and took an early lead and never looked like being caught, shooting a nine under par 57 and winning by 5 shots.

Clubman of the Year Award 2023

Chesterfield FC Trust held its first Awards Evening to acknowledge the outstanding individuals and groups who contribute to the local community as part of the Trust's activities. One of the awards was for the Male Walking Football Clubman of the Year.

All Senior Spireites were asked to nominate up to three members who they felt deserved to win the award. The shortlist of nominees were, in alphabetical order, Bob Berry, Tony Bettison, Rob Church, John Dacey, Roger Hancock, Steve Housley and Barry Smith. 

 

The overall winner was Rob Church, Social Secretary for the Club. Congratulations to Rob and well done to the other nominees for gaining the support of your colleagues at the Club.

The event was a very positive occasion and brought together different organisations in Chesterfield from right across the spectrum of friendship and support groups. Groups included those who support cancer patients and their families, ex-military personnel, people with a range of health issues as well as others who had football interests.

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