“YOU DON’T PLAY FOOTBALL LIKE SOMEONE WITH MENTAL HEALTH…
A new spin off from Creative Supports SIFL has been making some noise Every Wednesday at ‘The Bric’, in the ladies football session run by the newly qualified F.A coach Cathy O’Meara from Creative Support, and their new partners UCLAN represented by Cian McEvoy, the football development officer. Along with myself Wayne, as a volunteer the 3 of us cover all bases, experience, passion, patience and banter! And in Cian’s case Blades (not allowed) and 120mph shots!!
Before the session starts the crowd gathers in the car park. You feel the new found excitement in the ladies week, new friends, team mates embracing welcoming each other, we all pile in! Cian gets the sound system on…Rave! Dance! Football…like garlic bread…it’s the future!
Once changed and everyone has arrived Cathy gathers us all in. Any new faces are introduced and welcomed to the family instantly, then training begins. It’s not just training, there are mini games, challenges, skills, everyone pushing themselves determined to get player of the week (more of that later!).
So if you can imagine, the ladies (and, Cian & myself), doing drills, skills all to the rhythm of the of the music factory! The encouragement, banter and plenty of fun! You see the smiles you hear the laughter, so this ticks all the boxes…exercise, getting people out, connecting, raising endorphins…the feel good factor…a sense of belonging…being part of a team, new friends, learning new skills, problem solving, the list is endless… and all this in a safe, professional environment!
Over the weeks the numbers grown, the feel good factor is spreading, the seed is blossoming and already it’s a beautiful sight to see. Every session finishes with a game and to see the people working together, ladies encouraging the new arrivals, giving all they’ve got when they first become themselves is truly remarkable to see. When the final whistle blows, regardless of the score, embraces, high fives, and handshakes by all. We’re tired, but a nice tired, with warmth and smiles.
Now to really understand what this does for someone might be hard to explain, you probably have to be there, but I will try. Some people have never had recognition, or achievement, an award! When that names called out, the look of shock, excitement, joy, pride, all with screams, shouts of ‘Congratulations’ with a round of applause.
The presentation happens and the medals could be given by the Queen (well they are…Queen Cathy!) or could be a knighthood because that is what they mean! Chest puffed out, head held high, Proud!
This session gives so much, the joy and sunshine is there for all to see, it’s infectious! It’s my favourite session, Cath told me that one lady said ‘Promise me these sessions will never stop! they are the best thing I look forward to all week!’.
Come down, see, and feel…
Hi there this is Wayne’s “banter page”, where you can comment on news and views on football and any other stories. Keep in touch with your peers, catch up, pre-match wind up and plenty of banter!! Updates on tournaments and let’s have your prediction for the coming season.
to all our qualified FA level one coaches. Our very own Karen Brady (Cathy) putting the girls through drills on a Wednesday morning was a joy to see. So we all know on tournament day’s we’re going to see and hear zonal marking, tactical switches, plan A’s, B’s, C’s and D’s????? And plenty of chewing gum, arguing with refs and plenty of kicking water bottlesJ!!!
Last month was Kemple View’s 5-a-side tournament at UCLAN. Over £500 was raised for Favor UK. Thanks to all for making it a great day!! Winners of the Europa League where C.S.I Andy and the Biggy – the Champions League – went to the Nearly Men of Tournaments far and wide ..Our very own Paul’s Blackburn Cobblers!! The team played at a high level of consistency all the way through. Boomer’s goals and the rest of the team’s vast experience shone through romping Fleetwood Town in the final. Asked to comment on the victorious day Paul said “this has been coming for a long time, and it was bound to happen” And then went on to explain…in depth, after playing for Northampton Town under 12’s years and years ago. A 3-1 defeat to Kettering Town knocked the wind out of him for a while, but he knew he’d “bounce back”. “So now to have my name up in lights with all those Northampton Greats, It’s the pinnacle of my career!!” When pushed to name these greats…they are of course, the ones we all know and love:
The Lionheart-Gary Cobb
The Skilful-John Farrington
The Legend-Allistor Gibb (the 5th Bee Gee)
Of course how could we forget such greats!
Whilst speaking to the chairman and vice chairwoman of the SIFL I asked for their predictions for the coming year so here they are:-
Lg2- Northampton Town
F A Cup- Northampton Town
League cup- Northampton Town
Cath a.k.a Ironside J
Lg1- Not Blackburn
Lg2- Not Accrington
F A Cup- Burnley
League C- Burnley
Well I don’t think they’re really getting how predictions work!! But, Good luck to you.
Go on have a go!!
Well not long now till our SIFL 1st round of fixtures happen. The knee supports, deep heat and WD40 are back out of the cupboard. Look forward to seeing you all!!
Please spread the word about this website, keep in touch and “KEEP THE FAITH”
A Few quotes for you…
You can’t live a positive life
With a negative mind.
To the world you may be one person
But to one person you may be the world.
You have brains in your head
And feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose