Welcome to the Fleet of Foot Walking Football Club website.

We aim to show you who we are, what we are up to and our plans for the future.

Hopefully, you will find something here that you like and that you will want to join in with.

Pictures speak louder than words, so here are a few to start with:-


BREAKING NEWS


Cup Capers 2024

The 70+ squad got off to a winning start in this year's competition, defeating Rivermead in Reading by 3 goals to 2. Squad was (left to right) Alan Vickery, Martin Osborn, Pat Lenehan, John Brumwell, Robin Howard, Adrian Bunting. Goals from Alan, Robin and John.

A crowd of some 20 was in attendance, including our own Will, Dave and Lynn, and Pete who provided the photo.

65+ and 60+ playing soon.


New Session

Starting in the new year, we are beginning a new session, every Thursday evening, 7 to 8 pm in an outside astroturf cage. This will be an 'open' session, available to both men and women of all ages.

We launch on January 4th and the first session you attend will be free.

Contact robglen37@yahoo.co.uk for further information.


Methodshift Partnership

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with local enterprise Methodshift who have contributed to the purchase of a new set of kit for our men's teams.

Modelled below by a selection of our 'junior' members, this alternative kit will be available for any FoF squads playing in leagues or tournaments.

Methodshift is an innovative software & consultancy company dedicated to helping data-driven software development teams unlock their full potential. Our flagship product, Mission Control, is a groundbreaking platform designed to transform the way teams collaborate, communicate, and manage projects.

Central to Mission Control is a robust data analytics and AI-driven system that seamlessly integrates with your team's existing tools (such as Jira, Git, Trello, and Slack), offering invaluable insights and guidance to navigate the complex landscape of software development. By fostering a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement, Mission Control enables teams to break down silos, optimize workflows, and achieve exceptional results.


Arsenal Friendship Mission

Fleet women send 2 squads to Arsenal's hub on a friendship mission, at the same time seizing the opportunity to show off their new kit!

(Photos and info by Ann Goddard).


Annual Review 2022

Hi All Members,

Its that time when we take a quick look back on the previous 12 months activities and try to assess how they might impact on the Club going forward.

Probably the biggest change has been in the growth of the Ladies' section due, in no small part, I'm led to believe, to the success of England's Lionesses. One result of their expansion has been that the use of a single cage is no longer sufficient and, with evening take up at the Centre being immensely competitive, the Ladies have resorted to adding an additional session on a portion of the main pitch from 8 to 9 on a Monday evening, This will take effect from early 2023.

Additionally, and starting Spring time, the Ladies will be entering a team in the Thames Valley league which takes place at Bisham Abbey.

The Club is contributing half the cost of a new set of kit for all lady members.

Mainly through the efforts of Sue Scarlett, a highly successful tournament was held in October and was attended by 10 leading teams from the South East.

The men had an enjoyable friendly down at Romsey, taking teams at 60+ and 70+ level.

The men's 70+ league team continues to just about maintain a presence in the bi-monthly South East league held in Bournemouth. We sit near the bottom of the league, our points tally not being helped by failing to produce a squad on one occasion. Interest in joining the league is growing and it may well have 2 divisions next season.

A 60+ squad also participated in a tournament in Havant.

Club finances remain in good shape with the bank balance at the end of the year standing in excess of £2500. Any member wishing to have further insight into the Club's finances, should approach Adrian Bunting (Treasurer).

Since the onset of covid and its adverse impact on small businesses, we have been without any direct support from sponsors and incoming funds are entirely from membership and session fees. We are, however, able to maintain new memberships and renewals for 2023 at pre existing levels of £10 and £5. The system of payment monthly in arrears into the Club account would appear to be working successfully.

Indirect sponsorship continues to be provided by the Exchequer to whom we are extremely grateful and new discount cards are now available.

Best Wishes to All for 2023.

Robin.

Jan 06 2023


2022 Members in action and inaction


Romsey Away Day Report (October 2022)

The away day friendly in Romsey proved to be an enjoyable day out, starting off with a birthday presentation to Adrian on the eve of a significant age achievement.

We took 2 squads, 60+ and 70+, playing both our opponents in 7 aside format on grass.

The 60+ team had a good day beating their age equivalents 4-0 and Romsey's 70+ 5-0.

On target were Big Clive (5), Graham S (2), Paul 10/10 (1) and Mark (1).

Our 70+ team could not emulate their youthful comrades, going down 0-1 and 0-2 but, nevertheless, putting in highly creditable performances.

Squads were:

60+

Martin C.

Big Clive

Clean sheet Clive

Mark

Graham S

Paul B

Paul 10/10

70+

Adrian

Brian

Rob

Robin

Tony

Dave

John (Romsey)


Competitive Walking Football.

70+

The men's section made a return to competition last week, travelling to Bournemouth for the recently started WFA southern 70+ league. Still in its infancy, the league currently comprises Bournemouth, Eastleigh, Cove, Portsmouth and Exeter(!). We were aiming to join later in the year but stepped in to replace Portsmouth who had withdrawn. Matches were 7 aside and 20 minutes straight through. With only 7 in our squad (including 2 from Bournemouth) we had to work hard but came away with a creditable set of results losing 1-0 to Bournemouth and Exeter, drawing 0-0 with Cove and beating Eastleigh 2-0. We currently sit NOT bottom of the league, having missed out on the previous event. The squad comprised Adrian, Alan, Brian, Graham and myself plus two loanees from the home club. Going forward we are in dire need of a goalkeeper (we can use someone 65+ in this comp) so, if you know anyone, please give them a nudge.

Youth Section

My assessment of the current batch of younger players is that we should be in a position to operate a 60+ (or similar) team. The most likely place to do this is within the Hants FA league run from Southampton. This, however, continues to be run as a 50+ competition despite ourselves and other clubs saying this is dangerous and asking for an older age grouping. Following some ad hoc discussions at Bournemouth, it was decided to renew attempts to get Hants FA to see sense.

Steering Group

We have some changes here with Martin (membership) and Neil (social) relinquishing their positions. Many thanks to both of them for all the good work they put in. Dave Pomfret has agreed to run the memberships, welcome to him, and we remain searching for someone to take over the social events. All applications gratefully received.

Membership

We will very soon be in a position to review the composition of the membership so a reminder that, apart from those new members who joined in the last quarter of 2021, you should have remitted your £5 annual renewal.

Best Regards and Happy Walking Football,

Robin.


Having understandably paused our preferential discount dining scheme during covid, the Exchequer has kindly reintroduced it (excluding during December and first week of January). The previously issued cards remain valid. If you can't find yours, get another one from Robin or Sue.

Pete and Neil recently got married. (Not to each other). Congratulations to them both.


Congratulations to Sue and Elaine on their selection for the South 50+ Ladies squad.

They join South East 70+ and England 75+ Men's squad member, Adrian.

(The following article by Ken appears in the Fleet News)


"They are two of a kind at Fleet of Foot - and celebrating promotion to a higher level of walking football.

Step forward Sue Scarlett and Elaine Tookey, who have both been selected for the South East region’s over 50s women’s squad after successful trials.

The pair’s marvellous achievement is another proud moment for Fleet of Foot and the supportive staff at Hart Leisure Centre where the club is based.

The pair’s colleague Adrian Bunting set the benchmark by becoming a member of the first England over 75s squad.

Adrian, who stepped up to the South Region himself, is not surprised to see Sue and Elaine make it a remarkable treble for Fleet of Foot.

He said: “I had always believed that both players had the skill sets to progress beyond domestic club football."

Elaine is at her best playing wide right or left, has a good first touch and high energy levels.

Sue prefers to play as a central player, midfield or striker, and possesses a powerful shot with both feet, and is very fit.

A season of inter-region tournament football with the regular travel that comes with such commitment, will decide whether either or both want to progress to England trials.

Sue and Elaine are unanimous in stating it is “a dream come true” to be selected.

Sue, a swimming teacher and cafe assistant at the leisure centre, said: “ The moment I read the news from the WFA (Walking Football Association) SE England manager I was elated.

“It is a very proud moment for me to have been selected. I read the message three times for it to sink in. I realised then what an incredible and privileged opportunity for me to play at this level at my age. A dream come true.”

Elaine said: "When I went to senior school I was told that I wasn't allowed to play football because I was a girl,

So nearly 50 years later to be selected to play for the England SE region squad is a dream come true.

Playing twice a week for Fleet of Foot has been an inspiration. Walking football is a great game to play and I have met some amazing people.”


Portsmouth 70+ tournament

Peter, Will, Alan and Rob after a day out at Portsmouth's 70 + annual tournament. A good tan was had by all.