August 2020 update

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August 2020 update

Postby Probably Shirts » Sat Aug 15, 2020 1:04 pm

It seems like forever since we last gathered for our Walking Football sessions at both South Downs College and at Warblington School. Well, things have moved on apace behind the scenes since then, notwithstanding the effects of lockdown!

The first thing to announce is the change of venue for all of our sessions: once the Hawks' new 3G pitch at West Leigh Park opens in October, all three weekly sessions will be held there, inside the stadium! With Ross Betteridge on furlough, and not returning to his role in Hawks in the Community until the pitch is ready, the earliest we can resume our sessions is "sometime" in October, hopefully early in the month.

The second thing is that we have changed the times and days for all sessions: 10.00am - 11.30 on Mondays and Fridays, and 7.00pm to 8.00pm on Wednesdays. The Wednesday evening session will be subject to the Hawks' First Team not playing on that evening (obviously!), and if there is a clash, which may happen about 6 times per season, then the session would be shifted to 5.00pm - 6.00pm.

The third thing to announce is that we are almost certainly going to have to increase the session fee; it has been £3 per daytime session since September 2014, and we are anticipating that it will increase to £5 per session across the board, which is still very competitive compared to other clubs, especially given the new venue.

Fourthly, players will no longer be allowed to play in flat- or dimple-soled trainers/boots. We will need to play in moulded studs to protect the pitch.
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