NEW MEN’S KITS
WALKING NETBALL TOURNAMENT
Monday evening Beechcroft walking Netballers played in their first ever tournament this week in Bedford. They played 7 games with 12 other teams and came out 6th overall ! Well done to all who played!
SNOW CANCELS TENNIS TONIGHT
ALL OUTDOOR TENNIS ACTIVITIES THIS EVENING (29/1/19) ARE CANCELLED AT BEECHCROFT. JUNIOR TABLE TENNIS AT 5.30 PM & SOCIAL ADULT TABLE TENNIS AT 7 PM ARE GOING AHEAD AS NORMAL.
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BWFC LADIES SECURE SPONSORSHIP FOR NEW KIT
Last week BWFC Ladies secured a sponsorship deal for a new kit with Beechcroft sponsors Advanced Colour Coatings. The brand new Macron designed kit will be available to purchase shortly on the online club shop.
The Clubs kit will be purchased by our sponsors for the girls to wear in time for this years Peoples Cup, in which we have entered two teams in the over 50’s ladies walking football category, a first for the FA!
Ladies Manager Sue Thomas said, “Both myself and the rest of the girls are incredibly grateful to Kevin Mann and Advanced Colour Coatings for their generous gift of a new kit for the women’s teams. We can’t wait to wear it when we play in the new walking football section of this years FA Peoples Cup which kicks off next month”.
WALKING NETBALL & NETBALL SESSIONS
SCHOOL HOLIDAY INDOOR MULTI SPORT CAMP
We are now taking bookings for our February half term camp 2019 at Dickens Heath Community Primary School. With many sports suitable for children aged 5-12 years. Dates & time Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February 9am -4.30pm. Early bird, sibling discount & full week discounts why not get in touch on email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 796 1330. Please feel free to share to family & friends.
TABLE TENNIS SESSIONS
WALKING FOOTBALL NOTICE
WE POLITELY ASK ANYONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT WALKING FOOTBALL FOR THE FIRST TIME TO CONTACT US BEFORE ATTENDING SESSIONS TO AVOID THEM BECOMING OVER SUBSCRIBED. CERTAIN SESSIONS ARE AT CAPACITY AND UNEXPECTED INCREASED NUMBERS REDUCES ENJOYMENT OF THE GAME. PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO CONFIRM AVAILABILITY ON 0121 796 1330 THANK YOU.
SATURDAY 12TH JANUARY 2.30-4.30 pm
Why not drop the kids in at this years (belated) Junior Christmas Party while you do your sale shopping?!
Tennis, fun games followed by pizza in the club house all for £5 per child paid in advance. Please let Matt know if your child can attend asap to secure their place.
Monday 24th December Christmas eve there will be one session only at Beechcroft over 50+ from 11.00am-12.30pm. The afternoon session at Solihull is cancelled but players are welcome to join the Beechcroft session at 11.00am.
Tuesday 25th December Christmas Day and Wednesday 26th December Boxing day we are closed.
Thursday 27th December, Friday 28th December and Saturday 29th December, all sessions on as normal.
Monday 31st December, New Years eve, will be the same as Christmas eve, one session only at Beechcroft over 50+ 11.00am-12.30pm. (Solihull session closed)
Tuesday 1st January New Years Day we are closed.
From Wednesday 2nd January all sessions will resume as normal.
Tuesday less mobile session – anyone missing out on this session, due to it being on Christmas day, are more than welcome to attend the less mobile session on Thursday 27th December 1.00pm-2.00pm.
Finally, may we take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support this year and wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Stay fit and enjoy your football.
A mixed 60 and 65’s team retained the Ray Usher Memorial Cup with a fairly one-sided victory against Coleshill Strollers in near monsoon conditions at Brick Kiln Lane on Tuesday 18th December.
The trophy previously nicknamed “The Biscuit Cup” was the brainchild of club member John Cassano and started life being contested between BWFC and Coleshill in a number of friendly matches played throughout the year with the overall winners taking the trophy.
During this period however, Ray Usher a member of the Coleshill team suffered a cardiac arrest at home and unfortunately passed away, so it was decided to rename the trophy in his name.
As holders of the Cup, BWFC hosted this year’s match and ran out comfortable winners by 4 goals to Nil. Coleshill rarely tested the Birmingham defence and on the odd occasion they did the dependable Keith Phipps in goal kept them at bay.
Two goals from Martin Evans and 1 each from Decka Thorp and Brendan Hartland took the trophy for Birmingham but it must be said it was a really good all-round team performance.
Every outfield player received 45minutes playing time which sometimes meant them playing in unfamiliar roles, but such is the versatility of the players in the squad it proved to be no problem at all.
The trophy was presented to John Cassano after the game and it was handed back the Coleshill with the request that Ray’s family keep it in their home until it is competed for again next year.
WANTED … OVER 60s MANAGER
To further increase the competitive playing opportunities of our every growing pool of over 60’s players we are looking for someone to help organise and manage another over 60’s BWFC team. Duties to include arranging friendlies and competitive games against our own and other local competitive teams, games to be arranged at the convenience of the new manager! (to be clear, this is in addition to the current over 60’s manager, not in place of … good old Steve White!)
WALKING NETBALL CHRISTMAS SESSION TIMES
Our Monday and Tuesday walking netball sessions will continue as normal up to and including 18th Dec when it will stop for Christmas and will re start on Monday 7th January 2019! The Friday morning session has now finished and will re start on January 11th.
NEW YEAR NEW WALKING NETBALL SESSION
We are please to announce that due to popular demand we are starting an ADDITIONAL INDOOR walking netball session starting in the new year which will take place at Lighthall Senior School sports hall at 6 – 7 pm from Monday 7th January price is £4.00.
KIDS CHRISTMAS PARTY
SATURDAY 15TH DECEMBER 2.30-4.30 pm
Why not drop the kids in at this years Junior Christmas Party while you do your last minute shopping?!
Tennis, fun games followed by pizza in the club house all for £5 per child paid in advance. Please let Matt know if your child can attend asap to secure their place.
Welcome Alex Navarro to the Beechcroft coaching Team. Spanish born, he has over 20 years playing experience, reaching top 500 in Spain and has been coaching for 8 years in Spain, London & Croatia. His coaching approach is suitable for all levels from beginners to pros and his passion for coaching tennis at all levels is exceptional whilst coaching the physical and positive mental attributes of tennis in a fun, safe environment. Beechcroft are very proud to have Alex join us in the team. Alex is offering an introductory first lesson at £15 and then £20 per hour.
LADIES WALKING FOOTBALL XMAS SESSION TIMES
Ladies we know this is a busy time of year for us all and so some of the sessions won’t be as well attended as you’ll all be Christmas shopping etc so we are proposing to cancel some of the sessions just over the festive period. Below is the timetable for the next few weeks.
30th Nov ON
7th Dec /14th Dec/21st Dec/28th Dec OFF
7th Jan STARTS BACK AS NORMAL
SOLIHULL FOOTBALL CENTRE MONDAYS;
3rd Dec OFF
10th Dec / 17th Dec ON
24th Dec OFF
4th JAN STARTS BACK AS NORMAL
NEW INDOOR TENNIS PROGRAM
Great News! From January for 6 weeks Beechcroft are running an INDOOR Tennis program taking place at Dickens Heath Schoolevery Saturday lasting for 6 weeks. Sessions include;
Mini Tots for 3-5 years 9-9.30 am £24 payable in advance
Mini Red Improver for 5-8 years 9.30-10.30 am £36 payable in advance
Mini Red All Abilities for 5-8 years 10.30-11.15 am £30 payable in advance
Dickens Heath Primary School
Three Acres Lane
Dickens Heath Solihull
Contact Matt Corp on email: email@example.com, Mobile: 07930 164811 for further information.
OVER 60S SEASON GETS OFF TO A FLYING START!
Last week saw BWFCs over 60’s play their first league game of the season against Boldmere. The first half of the game was fairly evenly matched score wise but Birmingham missed a lot of chances. The second half was a completely different story with Birmingham turning their second half possession into goals running out 4-1 winners with Dave Whatmore (2), Martin Evans (1) and man of the match by a shade Roy Williams (1) all getting on the score sheet. A great start to the season guys!
NATIONAL FIRST FOR OVER 70’S
Last Sunday BWFC sent a team of over 70’s to Nottingham to play in the first ever over 70’s walking football tournament. Although the team didn’t progress as well as they’d hoped it was an enjoyable experience for all concerned, as well as a learning curve for a possible future tournament in Cirencester in March. This was only the second time the team had played together and big thanks goes out to Bill who didn’t get to play but took up the role of manager. Scores were as follows;
BWFC 1-1 with Sheffield United – Draw
BWFC 0-2 Portsmouth (the eventual winners) – Loss
BWFC 0-0 Eastleigh – Draw
BWFC 0-0 Wales – Won that in a penalty shootout (Goalkeeper Geoffrey Harman saved 3 out of 4 pens)
Players – Geoffrey Harman, Alan Bailey, Dave Adams, Derek Adderley, Jim Murtagh, John Robb, Billy Pears, Roy Atkins, Steve Cash.
OCTOBER HALF TERM SPORTS CAMP
Beechcroft Tennis & Multi Sports Community Club will be providing all its multi sport camps at Dickens Heath School from this October.
If you are interested in your children doing lots of activity and not being stuck in front of the T.V & computer at half term why not get in touch with us!
Camps are £25 per child per day (10% off sibling discount day rate). £5 off on total booking if booked and paid by 22nd October. Full week booking is £100 per child (no extra discounts on this apart from the £5 early bird reduction on total cost). Please like and share!
BEER AND SKITTLES EVENING
Last few places left for our Beer and skittles night Friday 23rd Nov £10.50 pp inc meal at The Navigation Pub Wootton Wawen 7.30pm start. Please put your name on the list in the club house to secure your place!
QUIZ NIGHT SUCCESS
A fantastic £116.05 was made at the Quiz night last Saturday Thanks to all of you who came for your support for our club and Steve White and his wife for being superb Quiz masters!
BWFC LADIES WIN IN NOTTINGHAM
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SATURDAY 8TH DECEMBER
BEECHCROFT AND SOLIHULL FOOTBALL CENTRE
BEECHCROFT FINALS DAY
What a lovely finals day we had a week ago on a lovely sunny Sunday. We started the morning at 10am with the ladies finals. Sophie V Marsha. The match saw Marsha winning and becoming ladies champion some lovely tennis played by both.
The next match was the men’s singles final with Liam V Jaiden. This was a very entertaining match with some amazing tennis played from both. Liam had the edge on this occasion becoming our mens singles champion.
Next up was the men’s Doubles. Richard & Neil V Mike & Oscar, the match was always going to be close with all players experienced with playing club team doubles this summer. Eventually Mike & Oscar came out winners on the day.
Next up was the ladies doubles with Sophie & Maggie V Laura & Margaret. Another really good match from all four players with some lovely points played. Laura & Margaret came out at the end on top and became ladies doubles champions.
The very final match of the afternoon was the mixed doubles Margaret & Dave V Martyn & Marie. This match had lots of twists and turns but in the end Martyn & Marie were crowned mixed doubles champions. A big thank you to Laura and all the line judges who had a very long day, and all the players for participating. Thank you also to all the support from club members, it was great to see so many people there. After all the exercise we all had a lovely meal in the evening at Zizzi’s.
BEECHCROFT WALKING FOOTBALL SESSIONS UPDATE
Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August, the Walking Football over 40’s session at 8.30pm is cancelled due to the bank holiday and will resume as normal on Monday 3rd September.
The Walking football over 50’s daytime session at 11.00am on Bank Holiday Monday WILL BE ON AS NORMAL and anyone from the cancelled over 40’s or the Solihull ladies sessions are welcome to attend.
EFL TRUST WOMEN’S WALKING FOOTBALL CUP
Held at St Georges Park on Saturday 4th August
BWFC Women were approached by Birmingham City Community Trust to represent the Blues in the first ever EFL Cup for women. We were invited because one of our members, Sue Hector, was recently involved with Birmingham City Women in organising their 50th birthday celebrations.
The tournament was for over 40s and over 50s teams and, due to holiday commitments, we decided to send just an over 50s team to take part.
We arrived at St Georges Park to find six clubs were entered; Birmingham City, represented by ourselves, Bradford City represented by Rothwell Old Boars over 50s, Lincoln City represented by Lincoln Lady Imps over 40s, Preston North End represented by Preston over 40s and Crawley Town who were represented by Crawley Old Girls over 40s and over 50s. The EFL decided to make the tournament a combined age event with all teams playing each other in a round-robin league format. The top three teams would then play off against each other for the Cup and the bottom three play each other for the Plate, the outcome of each mini-tournament being decided on points and possibly goal difference.
Our first game of the day was against Preston over 40s. BWFC got off to a slow start, taking a few minutes to settle and Kelly O’Donnell in goal was called upon to make a smart save but as time went on, we had more of the play and had a couple of good chances ourselves. However, the allotted 10-minute game finished at 0-0.
Second up were Crawley over 40s and we were one up in a minute with a goal by Sue Moogan. BWFC were dominant throughout with our goalkeeper hardly involved and a second goal from Dee Reade after 7 minutes completed the scoring, the game finishing 2-0 to us.
Our third game was against Bradford and a meeting with Rothwell Old Boars over 50s. We made a change for this game, swapping goalkeeper Kelly with Sally Barber, to allow Kelly to play as an outfield player. What followed was another dominant performance with Sue Moogan scoring 2 minutes in and following up with a further two goals to complete her hat trick and a good 3-0 victory.
Game 4 was against Lincoln over 40s and again, Sally played in goal with Kelly playing as a striker. Sue Moogan scored after 2 mins and Kelly followed up with a second two minutes later. Sue added a third after 7 minutes and a final goal from Kath Broadfield gave BWFC another victory – this time 4-0.
Our final game of this first stage was against Crawley over 50s and we reverted to our original line-up for what we expected to be a tight game. Crawley proved to be stiff opposition – this was a game between two well organised teams with neither giving anything away and it finished a 0-0 draw.
The final table for this part of the day saw Preston finish with 14 points, Birmingham with 11 and Crawley over 50s with 10. These three teams would play each other again for the Cup with Bradford, Lincoln and Crawley over 40s playing for the Plate.
The first game in the Cup competition was Birmingham against Crawley over 50s with an identical outcome to the game in the first part of the competition – a tight 0-0 draw. Immediately, we then played our second game against Preston. This proved to be another close affair with few chances either end but the game was finally decided when Lorraine Robinson scored, giving us a 1-0 victory and a total of 4 points overall. The final game of the day between Crawley and Preston to decide the overall outcome was a tense affair. A 0-0 score would mean we won overall, a Preston victory would mean we won overall, a win of 2-0 or better for Crawley would mean that they won overall and a 1-0 to Crawley would leave us and Crawley all square on points, goal difference and goals scored … and, of course, it finished 1-0 to Crawley!
The final destination of the Cup would rest on a penalty shoot-out between ourselves and Crawley. Dee won the toss and elected for us to go first. Sue Moogan had her shot saved but Crawley’s first penalty was wide so all square after round 1.
Second up for us was Lorraine – who scored to the keeper’s left and Crawley’s second penalty was brilliantly saved by Kelly – advantage Birmingham.
Our final penalty taker was Captain Dee Reade – who scored to the keeper’s right giving us an unassailable 2-0 lead
… and victory! A super day – undefeated and without a single goal being conceded, including in the penalty shoot-out. A brilliant effort from everyone.
SESSION CANCELLED REMINDER
JUST A REMINDER THAT TONIGHTS (28/6/18 18.45-20.00) WALKING FOOTBALL SESSION AT BEECHCROFT IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE ENGLAND GAME.
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
BIRMINGHAM RETAIN COUNTY LEAGUE
Birmingham Over 50’s Blues retained the County FA Walking Football League on a blistering hot day at Tamworth FC.
A 2-0 success over Wyndley with goals from Ian Ward and David Wright, was followed by a hard fought 1-1 draw with Sutton’s Finest, where Sutton took the lead with a smartly worked goal. Heath Underwood had no answer in goal as he let in his first goal for the club after 5 consecutive clean sheets. Birmingham pressed hard as shots from Dave Norton, Wright and Ward all rattled the post and bar. Finally some great interlink play between Norton and John Mcginnell saw Mcginnell slot home his first for the club.
Knowing two wins in the last two games would mean retaining the title Birmingham seemed to settle down, a further two goals from the diminutive Ward and a single from Wright saw Bedworth United off with a 3-0 success.
The final game against an inexperienced Birmingham Whites was a fairly one sided affair. Darren Bradley continued his run of scoring important goals set Birmingham on the perfect trail and Wright’s smart finish confirmed their superiority and retention of the coveted shield.
After the game Manager Dave Norton said, “After a terrible start where we lost our first three games, we have shown a completely professional attitude and performance. Our aim was to qualify for the League of Champions Trophy which we won last year and that has been achieved. As a club we always need to move forward and with Heath and John as important new additions to the squad I firmly believe we have.”
Birmingham Whites finally ran out of steam in the heat in Staffordshire, ravaged by injuries with only Keeper Derek Hughes and defensive stalwart Stan the only players available from the original squad. Stand in Manager Gareth Edwards had players with individual quality but who had played very little football together. They acquitted themselves in very difficult circumstances and completed the 12 game season only letting in 5 goals, finishing only one point behind Coleshill Strollers in fourth place.
Club Captain David Castle commented, “I think overall the Whites have had a great season, it’s been really hard for Gareth and the guys today, some have played either no or very little competitive Walking Football, and we all know what a massive learning curve that is. They have more than held their own in every game and have done the club proud. There are no easy games here it’s a hard fought league. They missed the creativity of Pod and Buttons today but for work rate and endeavor they could not have done more. ”
Due to popular demand we have decided to put on a further walking netball session! The additional session will take place a week on Monday (4th June) 7.20pm-8.20pm. £3 for members and £4 for non members, FREE first session for newcomers!
NEW CARDIO TENNIS SESSION
A new Cardio Tennis session will start a week on Monday from 4th June at Beechcroft at 7.20pm-8.20pm.
The session will be £4 for members and £5 for non members, FREE first session for new comers.
A busy weekend for our mini tennis players again at Beechcroft. On Saturday the mini orange boys and girls competed in the final round of the winter Warwickshire leagues. Layla and Darcy had an unbelievable performance finishing joint top of the group to guarantee a spot in the county finals which take place at the Edgbaston classic WTA tournament so the girls will be rubbing shoulders with the professionals later on this summer.Due to a fixture backlog after the bad weather this winter the girls were back on court on Sunday this time joined by Dylan and Ruby (pictured above). Another great performance saw Beechcroft win all of their matches away at Hampton in Arden. A special thank you to Ruby for stepping in at the last minute to make up a team of four .
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 ENGLANDS WALKING FOOTBALL CAPTAINS
Click on the link to see the captains responses to their appointments
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!
ADDITIONAL WALKING NETBALL SESSION TO START IN JUNE
After the success of our ladies walking netball session during the day, we have decided from the 4th June (Mondays) we will be offering an additional session at 7.20pm every week along side adult Cardio tennis at the same time with our qualified coaches. First session FREE of charge and just pay & play after. Get the date in your diary ladies!
FIRST EVER WALKING FOOTBALL ENGLAND TEAM 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 – Chemico/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.
JUNIOR TENNIS SEASON BEGINS
It was the dawn of a new era at Beechcroft this Saturday with all 3 of our 8 & under team competing in their very first match for the club. Huge congratulations to Sophie, Isaac and Milan who all put up a tremendous performance. Both Sophie and Isaac did incredibly well to come within a couple of points of recording their first victory and Milan managed to win his very first competitive match.
Unfortunately the 9 & under team didn’t have a fixture as the opponents were unable to field a team.
Our 10 & under team travelled to take on a very strong team at Henley-in-Arden Tennis Club. Unfortunately Henley came out 5-1 winners on the day but it was a tale of what might have been with 4 out of the 6 matches coming down to a deciding tie break and Henley won all four!!
Our 12 & under team consisted of twin brothers Josh and Fin who played away to a very friendly West Warwicks team. The boys won all their matches in energy sapping heat on Saturday and are ready to take on David Lloyd TC at Beechcroft this weekend.
EASTER BANK HOLIDAY 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 is CANCELLED, resuming as normal the following week 9TH APRIL.
Kids’ football on Saturday is ON but there is no tennis coaching over the Easter school holidays apart from the Junior Tennis Camps, places are going fast so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment!
JUNIOR EASTER TENNIS CAMP
After a very successful tennis camp last month we have decided to run three more this Easter, Wednesday 4th April 13:30-17:30, Monday 9th April 13:00-17:00 and Wednesday 11th April 13:30-17:30. The cost is £15 per child or book all three for £40. If you would like to book your child a place please contact Matt Corp on 07930 164811 ASAP.
CONCLUSION OF THE PEOPLES CUP FOR BWFC TEAMS
It was a case of one stage too many for the 4 Birmingham teams that had qualified for the semi final stage of the Peoples Cup, 3 Walking Football Teams and our Ladies Walkers turned over 35 vets all put up spirited, if not totally successful displays . Our ladies team, with an average age of over 50 did themselves no disservice with a very credible showing against many players 20 years their junior. Finishing with one win one draw and two losses was unfortunately not enough to progress to the later stages. Goals from (Truley (2) and Alli) were simply not enough for the girls as they adapted their walking game to the normal 5 a side football extremely well.
With three teams in the mens tournament out of eight qualifiers Birmingham were hopeful of progressing to the finals day for the fourth consecutive year. Birmingham Whites started impressively as they beat Shrewsbury 3-2 with two goals from Richard Dawson and one from skipper Simon Dyer, unfortunately this was to be their only success as defeats to the two eventual finalists Peles Pearls and Heanor 2-0 and 4-0 respectively. In a largely inexperience tournament team a credible return against some extremely tough and in Heanor’s case a particularly aggressive opponents.
In the other group Birmingham’s over 65’s and Birmingham Blues were pitted against each other along with another team from Heanor and Holmes Chapel. The Blues started impressively as they hit the bar 3 times before going behind to a breakaway goal, a Dave Norton hat trick and one each from Dave Wright and Darren Bradley meant they were comfortable 5-1 winners. The 65’s played Holmes Chapel in a repeat of the final of the quarter finals at Stoke and unfortunately two sloppy goals put the Cheshire side ahead early on. A Derek Thorpe goal was just not enough to earn a point, in a game they dominated for long periods. Blues then dispatched Holmes Chapel in an end to end seemingly defenceless game 5-3 with Norton claiming all 5 of Birmingham’s goals. The game was marred with a major injury to stalwart Andy Struthers which left him collapsed and in need of a visit to hospital The 65’s ran out 3-1 winners against Heanor with an own goal and one each from Thorpe and Barry Huntingdon. In their final game they met each other and after the game been close at 2-1 the Blues were eventually flattered by the 5-1 winning margin, Norton and Wright both bagging a brace and a single from Bradley.
With only the Blues through to the semi finals with a 100% record, they met the extremely physical Heanor, and with several niggling injuries and no substitutes available due to Struthers hospitalisation they ran out of steam with a 1-0 loss to the Derby outfit. Norton was only able to be carried off at the end due to some ridiculous challenges from the overzealous opponents.
Afterwards skipper David Castle commented, “It’s been really tough today, Andy’s injury meant we played most the tournament with only 5 which is really hard and some of the challenges we faced in the semis were just beyond belief. It’s so difficult for the referees as the players just don’t help, ours told me he’d never refereed walking football before, it’s a shame because what should be one of the premier competitions and has great exposure on the BBC is not a great advert for the game“.
END OF THE PEOPLES CUP ROAD FOR THE LADIES
Our People’s Cup adventure came to an end today for our ladies. The girls did amazingly well against some very stiff opposition. We finished a creditable third in our group with both of the teams above us eventually qualifying for the finals at St George’s Park next month; we wish them both well.
We won one game, drew one game and lost two – both losses against the teams who qualified so I think we can be very proud of our achievements. 5-a-side is tough at any time but for a group of walking footballers playing running 5-a-side against much younger teams (our average age today was 52) it’s especially tough. However the girls never gave up and we are proud of every one of them!
Squad: Alli, Caroline, Dee, Jan, Sue H, Sue M, Truley. Goal scorers: Truley (2), Alli.
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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
JUNIOR EASTER TENNIS CAMP
After a very successful tennis camp last month we have decided to run three more this Easter, Wednesday 4th April 13:30-17:30, Monday 9th April 13:00-17:00 and Wednesday 11th April 13:30-17:30. The cost is £15 per child or book all three for £40. If you would like to book your child a place please contact Matt Corp on 07930 164811 ASAP.
Walking football sessions will be ON as usual on Good Friday 30/3/18, Easter Saturday 31/3/18 and Bank holiday Monday 02/4/18.
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.
DATES FOR YOU DIARY
American Tournament dates have been set for the following days;
25th March 2018, 22nd April 2018, and 20th May 2018 from 13:00 onwards.
If your interested in joining in please put your name on the tennis notice board in the club house.
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.
NEW ADULT TABLE TENNIS SESSION
WEDNESDAYS 13:30 – 15:00
Due to popular demand we are starting a new adult table tennis social session from next Wednesday 24th Jan 2018. The price will stay the same at £3 per person. Why not get up and go?!
LADIES WALKING NETBALL
TUESDAYS 9.30-10.30 at Beechcroft. Dont 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
HOME INTERNATIONAL – ENGLAND V WALES – OVER 50’s – 7/1/18 WIN
Birmingham’s Over 50’s continued their incredible season as they represented England in the Home International game at Pontypridd Stadium. Even with Home advantage the Wales side had no answer to the impressive England side. Chances were created right from the start as a first minute passing move from the kick off left Andy Struthers in front of goal only for a brilliant save to prevent him from scoring. Two minutes later Ian Ward’s left foot shot from a Darren Bradley pass put England ahead.
For long periods England played possession football, Bradley pulling the strings in midfield with Shane Ward. On ten minutes Struthers found himself in another great position and this time made no mistake in putting England 2-0 to the good. Birmingham briefly went a man down as Bradley received a two minute penalty for persistent running, but even with a man advantage Wales struggled to dispossess the impressive England outfit. Shortly before half time Dave Wright grabbed a brace before half time with cool finishing ensuring the lions went in at half time with a comfortable 4-0 lead.
The second half started with Wales putting England under more pressure, a couple of excellent blocks from skipper David Castle and a string of great saves from Derek Hughes kept the England goal enact. Bradley, Struthers and Shane Ward then continually put pressure on the Wales defence with smart intricate passing. From two free kicks Bradley’s smart thinking put in both Ian Ward and Wright to complete his hat trick as their lead went to 6-0. Ward then completed his only personal milestone to make it 7 with a fine individual effort. A lapse in concentration in defence as Dave Castle took a breather was the only blip as Wales scored to great delight of the home crowd, it was then appropriately left to the Birmingham stalwart Ian Gough to round off the scoring after a Shane Ward brilliant pass to complete a fine 8-1 victory.
Goalkeeper Derek Hughes was named man of the match for some excellent saves as Dave Castle lifted Birmingham’s third major trophy in as many months.
After, Delighted Manager Paul Murtagh said, “We played some lovely football today which was a joy to watch at times. It’s a fitting end to a fantastic season and I would like to thank all the players for all their efforts which has ultimately made my job very easy. A special mention to Norts who unfortunately was unable to play today, Norts has been part of everything good that has happened to the club this last season and instrumental in getting us to the final today.”
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 WALKING FOOTBALL 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 Walking Football 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!! 9/12/17
After a lot of hard work by team Beechcroft the pitch has been cleared and is ready to play on for todays 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.
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
WIGAN WALKERS OVER 60’s TOURNAMENT – 9th November 2017 – WINNERS !!
Birmingham Over 60,s made the long trek “oop north” on the infamous M6 Motorway, seeking to win their first Tournament outside of their local area. The win was accomplished in impressive style by finishing second in the league group stage and going on to win the Semi Final and Final.
All of the matches were 12 minutes duration played “off the boards” & were 6 a side.
B’ham WFC 0 Wigan Yellows 0
First up for Birmingham were Wigan Yellows. It took five minutes to get into their stride but as the game progressed Birmingham took control and peppered the Wigan goal with shots but the opposition goalkeeper was in outstanding form and managed to keep a clean sheet. At the other end the Birmingham defensive pairing of Frank Hughes and Paul Foster kept things tight and only allowed Wigan one chance on goal which fortunately hit the post and rebounded to safety.
B’ham WFC 1 Mancom 0
Next up for B’ham was Mancom. Straight from the outset B’ham looked comfortable with Steve White partnering Frank at the back and Roy Williams and Tom Neale joining the fray. However, Mancon showed they were capable of producing some good football and once or twice looked dangerous around the B’ham penalty area, but they were kept at bay by emergency on loan goalkeeper Terry Coton who produced a couple of excellent saves to stop B’ham from falling behind. Then right on cue, Steve Evans came up with a goal following a good B’ham passing movement, and they went on to chalk up their first win in the group.
B’ham WFC 1 Southport 0
A change of personnel saw Frank Hughes and Paul Foster reunited at the back with Steve White dropping to the bench. Although Southport looked to be the weakest team in this group, they gave a good account of themselves and B’ham seemed a little nervous and tentative in their play. However, when Frank Hughes made an overlap down the right wing and scored a fine goal they relaxed and reverted to the confident team seen in the previous two matches and came through unscathed to claim their second win of the competition.
B’ham WFC 0 Northgate Strollers 0
B’ham only needed a draw to qualify for the semi final stage of the competition and Manager, Steve White, fielded a side that did just that. It was tight affair and Terry Coton had to make some fine saves to keep B’ham in the hunt for that semi final place. At the other end B’ham were still making chances of their own but a combination of bad luck and poor finishing contrived to make the final score 0 – 0. Semi Final qualification had been achieved.
Semi Final: B’ham WFC 1 Wigan Whites 0
B’ham went into this match with an unchanged team and settled very quickly to the task in hand. Wigan had qualified top of their group with 10 points from a possible 12 and with a goal difference of +10 so it looked like B’ham may have a battle on their hands, but straight from the outset they passed the ball around with purpose and skill. And then a peach of a goal from centre forward Dave Whatmore put B’ham in the driving seat. He had been working very hard, but up till this moment, had not had any luck in front of goal. He latched onto the ball in his own half and unleashed an unstoppable volley into the top left hand corner of the net to put B’ham in front. A contender for goal of the season if ever I saw one!! Thanks to more sterling work by Terry Coton in goal and every player in front of him B’ham were through to the final!!
Final: B’ham WFC 2 Huddersfield 0
By now Huddersfield were showing everyone what a good side they were by defeating Wigan Yellows, the winners of our Group B, in the semi final. Again it looked on paper to be a difficult game but again B’ham took the game by the scruff of the neck straight from the start, with a resurgent Dave Whatmore having two good efforts well saved by the Huddersfield keeper in the first few minutes of the game. At the other end Terry Coton made more super saves as the game ebbed and flowed. Then, after a neat passing movement involving the whole team, Dave Whatmore turned his marker superbly and placed his shot past the Huddersfield goalkeeper to put B’ham 1 – 0 up and soon after he did the same thing to make it 2 – 0. This came with 2 minutes left on the clock and B’ham saw out the match in style to claim the winner’s trophy!!
Terry Coton, Frank Hughes, Steve White, Paul Foster, Roy Williams, Steve Evans, Tom Neale, Dave Whatmore, John Limbourne
Well done to everyone involved and especially to Manager Steve White for a tournament win after the disappointment of missing out on the National Final on penalties.
Many thanks and a special mention to Coleshill Strollers for the emergency loan of their goalkeeper Terry Coton who kept six clean sheets in six matches. Well done and thanks Terry!!
BWFC HITS THE LOCAL PAPER
BWFC IN TRA NATIONAL SOUTHERN LEAGUE – 5/11/17
Birmingham’s over 50’s had a solid start to the TRA National League with two wins and a draw. With four players missing from the side that lifted the WFA National Championships last week, they showed their strength in depth as Ade Whitehead, Andy Craddock and Rob Castle deputising.
Starting with a 4-1 victory over Stevenage with a Dave Norton hat trick and one from Andy Struthers, Birmingham were getting used to playing inside boards, something that isn’t akin to their flowing passing game. Following this result a 2-2 draw against home team Dagenham and Redbridge, once again a Norton brace completing Birmingham’s scoring.
Their final fixture against Laindon Athletic proved a purely one sided affair, shots rained in on their keeper and at one point the referee halted play for him to rest and get his breath, he produced some marvellous saves but could not prevent Birmingham septet of goals as another Dave Norton hat trick a brace from David Castle and singles from Struthers and Rob Castle completing the 7-0 score line.
After the game skipper David Castle commented,”It’s been a good experience for some of the players that have deputised today and everyone can be proud of their performance, we played against three teams that only play in the boards and not lost so we’d take that, I think Norwich, Watford and Bexley seem well organised and they will be the teams to beat in this competition.”
CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS PARTY
Children’s Christmas Party at Beechcroft on the 9th Dec. £5pp from 2.30 – 5.30 games, food and family fun (age 12 and under)
For tickets please post in an envelope with your child’s name and how many tickets you want and correct money in box in club house asap thank you!
U14 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP TENNIS
This Saturday 11th November is the Beechcroft Under 14 Club Championship Tennis Competition. Taking place from 2.30 – 5.30 at Beechcroft please contact Matt Corp if your child would like to take part. Cost is £5 per player.
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
Over 50’s Manger Paul Murtagh –
Over 50’s Team Coach David Castle –
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 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.”
MONSTER SMASH SUCCESS!
Saturday proved to be a spooktacular success with parents as well as our youngsters dressing up to take part in our Monster Smash tennis competition by #benedontennis! Well done to all that took part! @benedonuk @warwickshirelta
GIRLS MINI ORANGE TOURNAMENT
Last Tuesday 24th October 8 girls from across Warwickshire including 4 county players, took part in the Under 9’s grade 5 mini orange tournament at Leamington Spa Tennis Club. Our very own Layla Wall from Beechcroft came out overall WINNER on the day! Congratulations Layla from all at Beechcroft!
FREE SPOOKTACULAR MONSTER SMASH – SHIRLEY PARK
This Saturday 28th October we will be running a spooktacular tennis parent & child event at Shirley Park Tennis Courts!
Bring your whole family down between 10.30-12.30 at Shirley Park and celebrate halloween with a smash! All ages, abilities and family members are welcome! It is a fancy dress event so feel free to dress up in your spookiest outfits – although this is not a requirement!
To book your family a free spot please visit: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/…/473e5b34-6a5c-451a-a6da-4a19…
JOIN THE FAMILY FUN AND GET SOME FREE EXERCISE THIS HALLOWEEN!
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!
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 ”
Helping us to complete the brand new fencing around the bottom our our tennis courts.
The team gave up their own time to help us on such a cold and windy day.
It looks great, so a huge thank you from the Beechcroft Team and our neighbours.
Division 2 and will play each other on Saturday September 30 at 2pm why not come along and support them!
Men’s singles: Josha
Ladies singles: Laura Coombs
Ladies doubles: Laura Coombs & Jen Roberts
Men’s doubles: Martyn Williams & Oscar Ghulam
Mixed Doubles: Laura Coombs & Oscar Ghulam
Well done to all the players and many thanks to the organisers and helpers on the day
ADDITIONAL WALKING FOOTBALL SESSIONS AT OUR NEW ALTERNATIVE VENUE
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!
OVER 60’S WALKING FOOTBALL WORLD CUP WINNERS
Thanks to our BWFC aka England Goal Keeper Keith Phipps for this fabulous compilation of snaps from the tournament last week! Well worth a watch!
BEECHCROFT HAS THREE COUNTY PLAYERS!
CONGRATULATIONS to Darcy Jones, Layla Wall, and Archie Riley who were part of the winning indoor winter league for mini red TWICE this year. All three 8 year olds have been playing for two to three years and last weekend after being put forward to the Warwickshire County for talent and ability, started training with the County. Beechcroft are hoping to have more county players very soon , following in the footsteps of these children.
AMERICAN TOURNAMENT IN THE SUN
Sunday saw the American Tournament take place at Beechcroft with plenty of tennis played in the sunshine. Due to a lack of gents on this occassion one of the ladies (Laura Coombes) stood in and played against the other competing men and managed to beat them to the days trophy! Well done Laura! The ladies trophy result was close but Margaret Parsons pipped them to the post! Congratulations to the winners.
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.
SATURDAY KIDS FOOTBALL & 40+ WALKING FOOTBALL TIME CHANGE
We have changed the time for childrens football coaching on saturdays from 11.00 to 11.15 start time to try and alleviate the traffic in the car park. We hope you understand. The new session time will start this Saturday 6th May 2017. This change to the childrens football means the over 40’s walking football session will change from 12.15 start to 12.30 start time.
11.15 -12.15 Childrens football coaching
12.30-14.00 40+ walking football
BWFC IN PEOPLES CUP FINAL – Birmingham 30/4/17 (semi finalists)
IMPRESSIVE BLUES PAY THE PENALY
Birmingham’s Over 50’s impressed on Sunday in the final of the Peoples Cup and left the competition as the country’s only unbeaten team. Having reached the final stage of the Peoples Cup for the third consecutive year hopes were high as Birmingham we able to field their strongest ever squad. All six teams were to play each other in a round robin format and the top four were to qualify for the semi finals. In a frantic start Birmingham drew 3-3 with an impressive Leeds side after taking a 1-0 lead through Dave Norton early on goals were exchange at regular intervals with Mike Milligan and David Wright also getting on the score sheet. Their next fixture against Wokingham also proved to be a goal fest, but Birmingham never really looked in danger as they ended up 3-2 winners with goals from Norton 2 and Darren Bradley sliding in the winner. Needing only one more win from their last three games to qualify , the slick Brummies relaxed and were more compact , 2-0 victories over Plymouth and Manchester City and a 1-0 win against Bedford, as Bradley and Dave Castle kept opposition forwards at bay goals from Norton, Milligan , Bradley and Andrew Struthers, confirmed Birmingham as Group winners and a semi final place against fourth placed Wokingham.
The semi final started disastrously for Birmingham as with three minutes gone they found themselves 2-0 down, Norton had gone close with two well saved efforts and Wright had hit the bar, before both scored to make it 2-2 . Birmingham pressed as the clock ticked down, there only looked to be one winner as shots reigned in on the Wokingham keeper, with 10 seconds left Wokingham broke away and Les Dawson made a fine save and the game went to penalties. Unfortunately Birmingham’s long journey in the competition ended here as Wokingham ran out winners 3-2 on penalties, The Blues record of P 17 W 14 D3 L 0 should have bee enough to bring home the silverware.
After the game Manager Paul Murtagh commented , “I just can’t believe it, I’m gutted again, I know we were the best team here today and all the lads did the club proud, you need a little bit of luck to win these big tournaments and lady luck was just not with us in the end, To get so far, not lose a game and fall at the final hurdle again, is gut wrenching. We have to learn from it and move on, we are learning more each tournament about each other and our capabilities, as I say we need to get back in the saddle as soon as possible and next Sunday at Chesterton, gives us that chance”
Last Sunday saw the adult tennis section make the most of the sunshine in the internal American Tournament. It was a close result with the mens winner being Joe Gregory and the ladies Laura Coombs. Well done to all who took part this year.
MINI REDS 4TH IN WARWICKSHIRE!
Having won the Solihull area division of the Warwickshire 8 & under league. Yesterday Beechcroft mini red team went to the county finals to compete against the three other division winners. They played some amazing matches against the best players in the county. In the first round we lost out to a very strong Kenilworth team leaving us in the 3rd/4th play off. An agonisingly tight match against Lemington ended with both teams winning 5 matches each with Beechcroft losing out on number of points scored!!! Loosing by 3 points over 10 matches what an amazing effort by all 4 players (Archie, Ayaan, Layla and Darcie) We are now 4th best team in Warwickshire, an amazing achievement well done kids!!!
BEECHCROFT NOMINATED FOR CLUB OF THE YEAR
Last week our Tennis & Management Team attended an awards evening at Aston Villa Football Ground after being nominated for this years ‘Tennis Club Of The Year’ by the Warwickshire LTA (WALTA). The Other clubs nominated were Leamington Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, Streetly Lawn Tennis Club, and Warwick Boat Club Tennis section. Despite our huge mini red tennis success this year and massive growth in tennis members and our expanding tennis program, we were pipped at the post by Warwick Boat Club who had built on the great publicity around their coach Marcus Willis’ success at Wimbledon last summer. Congratulations to the worthy winners we feel extremly proud to have been nominated for this prestigious award.
TENNIS FINALS DAY 2017
The adults tennis finals day has been announced for the Sunday 10th September, don’t forget to put it in your diaries!
LADIES WALKING FOOTBALL 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
BEECHCROFT GETS FIRST AID TRAINING
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.
FREE DONATIONS TO BEECHCROFT EVERYTIME YOU SHOP ONLINE!
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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 Steve’s 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.
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!
Beechcroft Finals Day took place on Sunday 4 September. We were treated to some great tennis and even the weather stayed fine. The results were as follows:
Men’s Singles: Martyn Williams
Ladies Singles: Emma Long
Men’s Doubles: Asghar Ghulam and Martyn Williams
Ladies Doubles: Laura Coombs and Emma Long
Mixed Doubles: Maggie Ryan and Mike Thompson
SUMMER LADIES AND MENS DAY AT BEECHCROFT
A successful Ladies and Men’s Day at Beechcroft last week saw Sophie Ryan and Emma Long take the trophy for the ladies, and Dave Coombs and Mike Thompson for the men. Congratulations to all the winners who played in the hot sunshine and enjoyed a feast of homemade dishes followed by strawberries and cream and rockyroad for pudding!
Mens Tennis Team Success 17/5/16
Last week the mens tennis team headed off to play away at Kings Heath Tennis and Cricket Club. Mike Thompson, Martyn Williams, Alex Funnell and Dave Coombs returned triumphant beating Kings Heath 3-1! It was Alex’s debut for Beechcroft, where he partnered Martyn but unfortunately lost their match 3-6, 6-1, (12-14) on a championship tiebreak. Well done guys!
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Walking Football Hits Headlines in local paper
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.
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 bear 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.
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!
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!
This summer, Tuesdays are all yours. No matter what else comes along, you’ve already made a date with your match on the court. Take your game forward with Tennis Tuesdays, in partnership with Nike.
Each week’s session focuses on a different area of the game and you will improve your ability with a mixture of skills training from professional coaches and match play with other women at your level.
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* Saturday 9TH May Social Tennis with Solihull Tennis Club at Beechcroft from 2PM
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.
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.
FA PEOPLES CUP
On Saturday 21st February Beechcroft sent three over 40s walking football teams to Shrewsbury to take part in the FA Peoples Cup. All teams did incredibly well considering most of the ‘walkers’ hadn’t played competitively in years! After playing 5 games each Beechcroft Red were into the Semi final with 15 points, winning all their games. Beechcroft Blue were also Semi finalists with 9 points. Finally, Beechcroft White came joint 5th with 3 points. Beechcroft Reds went through to the Final with a very convincing 4-1 win over a physical Stoke City side. Beechcroft blue took on Shrewsbury in the other semi but unfortunately lost on penalties to put an end to a potential all Beechcroft final. Beechcroft Reds took revenge for their defeat with an even more convincing 7-1 win in the final and therefore being crowned FA Peoples Cup West Midlands Region Champions. We would like to thank all those men and women who took part (in their new kits) to make this a resounding success for our club! The next heat of the competition will take place at the end of April.
Read about us winning the fa people’s cup
BEECHCROFT TENNIS CLUB NEEDS LADY TENNIS PLAYERS OF ALL ABILITIES, IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED GET THEM TO COME ALONG AND MEET US!