Members of the Thames Valley Churches Football League have made the most of the wet summer and continued to enjoy playing football.
Training throughout the soggy summer paid off for Greyfriars FC who won the Kenya Cup in June. The eight-a-side tournament was held at the Madjeski Dome, and made up of teams from various Reading football leagues.
Greyfriars came top of their group with two scrappy 1-0 victories. Two impressive defensive performances and some fine goalkeeping in the quarter and semi-finals ended in victories via penalties after 0-0 draws. Surprised to have made it so far, Greyfriars saved their best to last and won the final 2-1 on the stroke of midnight.
The Kenya Cup is a tournament run by Daniel Carter, who last year spent time with the Kings Kids Village, an orphanage in Nairobi with a specific vision to care for orphans of Aids victims.
Inspired by his visit, Daniel has been organising tournaments to raise money for the charity.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the Kings Kids Village, or would like to find out how to enter any future tournaments,
please initially contact the TVCFL by emailing
West Reading Church Football Club will be entering two teams into the TVCFL this coming season. The squad have recently returned from
an annual five-a-side tournament that they
organise on the Isle of Wight with Shanklin URC.
Held at the ground of Ventnor FC during a rare warm weekend, a great weekend of football and fellowship saw Ventor FC narrowly beat a team from WRCFC with a last minute goal.
Celebrating their club’s 25th anniversary this coming season, the team will be organising several events throughout the year and will be continuing their partnership work with St Mungo’s and the local community.
Wycliffe Wanderers’ Mark Schooling was looking to smash the world record for the longest five-a-side game at the end of July – just after this issue went to press – in a clash between fans of Peterborough FC and Reading FC.
The current record of 42 hours was set in Reading last year (Mark was involved in that game too!), and the aim is to add an extra 10 hours this time: that’s just over two days of non-stop football!
If that doesn’t sound that tough enough, each team can only consist of eight players, so they will have to take it in turns to sleep in the Hampton Community Sports Centre in Peterborough.
Keep your eyes posted for September’s issue
to hear how they got on.
If you’re interested in joining a team for the 2012/13 season, joining our group of referees,
or would like to find out more about the
TVCFL, please contact me via email: