It was a very quiet transfer window for BWFC. No player movement to report during the recent transfer window, but then again who knows who will turn up when we are allowed to play again. At least we don't need to be worried about players retiring as we all did that years ago.
Personally I had a good run and played my last competitive game when I turned 50, hung up my boots, packed away my training kit, and desperately looked for something to fill the void. How could I replace the adrenalin rush of another Saturday afternoon spent on a muddy and usually uneven Dorset/Devon/Somerset pitch followed by recriminations and banter in the pub afterwards? I'd enjoyed (mostly) forty odd years of one or two games a week, plus training, The future did not look great and I soon realised that going to watch local teams just made me feel worse.
Despite everything the next fifteen years flashed by - and then I discovered walking football. Well my wife did, and encouraged me to give it a go. Little did she know that it would soon become an obsession. I still wonder if she regrets spotting that ad in the local paper.
Two hours one morning a week at Wimborne soon turned into two, then we could not resist pitting ourselves against local teams. The bug was well and truly caught. A few of us started going along to the sessions run by AFC Bournemouth at Littledown and I for one was inspired by the quality of the coaching and the players and rediscovered my competitive streak. It felt good, and still does, which is what makes this infernal lockdown so depressing.
Sessions run by AFC Bournemouth walking football and BWFC are simply great fun, full of banter, and safe for everyone regardless of their mobility, experience, and skills. Yes there are lots of competitive players too and we organise games that test even the best of them. Two players have representative honours and I'm sure as time goes on we will add to that list.
In the meantime - thank you walking football, and we hope you are back soon.