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Mel Pullen CPR Awareness Cup - next fixture

The defence of the Mel Pullen CPR Awareness trophy by the Senior Spireites will take place on Wednesday 6th March. Mansfield will be hosting and the venue is Mansfield RUFC Eakring Road, Mansfield NG18 3EW. Arrival is 10:15 and the first game is at 10:50. There will be a round of 3 games against Mansfield, Matlock and Worksop. 

Supporters and help with refereeing duties would be welcome. 

10th Anniversary game against Rotherham to be held in February
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The original Senior Spireites team from 2014, wearing blue and white shirts are (left to right) 

Back row: Chris Cobb, John Longstaff, Roy Beresford, Dave Green, Stuart Laycock, Ian Edmundson (slightly hidden), Barry Smith, Neil Haddy,  

Front row: Mel Pullen, Keith Arrowsmith, Norman Green.

Ten years ago on 26th February the Senior Spireites played their first (fairly) friendly game against Rotherham. On Monday 26th February 2024  there will be a repeat of this game in Rotherham as a 10th anniversary celebration.

For the anniversary game those members who played in the first game ten years ago, will be given priority, if they are willing and able to turn out and travel to Rotherham. The remainder of the squad  to play in the match will be over 70. 

In addition, there will be second series of games for the over 60 age group. 

Kick-off will be 12:30 and the proposal is to play 6-a-side over three 20 minute sessions for both age groups. Supporters are very welcome to attend the matches for this significant anniversary.

Trial of new refereeing arrangements

There is going to be a trial of new refereeing arrangements for all games until mid-March.

If there is no referee on the pitch, each team is required to select a playing referee from their team, preferably someone who knows the rules and has a whistle. Each team's referee will take charge of one half of the game, whilst also playing, and adjudicate fairly on running, fouls and other infringements of the rules.

All players are required to accept decisions, whether by a playing or non-playing referee

At the end of the trial we will be asking for feedback on if it was a success in improving the playing sessions.

Thank you, in advance, to the players for participating in this trial in a positive manner.

Successful first 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 mid-November. Full details of the evening are on the Events page using this link

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

Visit from German radio station to research the origins of walking football

Below is a photo of the Club members with Eddy from Deutschland Funk Radio in Germany, who was accompanied by his wife Ingrid. Eddy is in the UK to investigate the origins of Walking Football and of course, Chesterfield is the birthplace of the sport.

He interviewed several players to get their thoughts and opinions on the health benefits gained by participating walking football.

 

Eddy also watched our session with great interest before leaving for The Technique Stadium to interview John Croot, the Club's President and inventor of the modern form of Walking Football.

The Club presented the Guests with some small mementos of their visit. This included a Senior Spireites Mug, a Senior Spireites pen and a Club pennant.

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Thirteen Members receive 10 Year Playing Certificates

There are now 13 members who have been playing with the club for over 10 years! The Club first started in June 2012 with just 4 members and quickly more people joined to play regular 5-a-side matches. At this year's AGM the 12 members who are still actively involved with the club were recognised by receiving a Certificate of their long walking football playing careers. The full list of members with over 10 year's playing time are Keith Arrowsmith, Roy Beresford, Steve Boston, Rick Cunningham, Ian Edmundson, Dave Green, Norman Green, Neil Haddy, Mel Pullen, Barry Smith, John Longstaff, Eric Bagshaw and Andy Rodgers.

Photos of these players receiving their certificates can be seen on the Photos web page

Message from the Club's Chairman Malc Perks

Malc Perks, the Club's Chairman, tells us about how he got into Walking Football, the development of the Club and his thoughts on how it should progress in the future.

Click on the Download button to read the full article.

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