I was sent a request to enter a team(s) into the Peter Hearn 5-a-side memorial competition to be held in Bradford on the Friday the 30th November. I asked Simon Hayes, our Recovery football coach if we could get some guys together who are in recovery from all services in Calderdale to sign up and play football for a the charity match in Bradford.
On the day Simon had done a brilliant job and we had enough players to make up two teams. We had hired a minibus to collect us from Conn3ct at 11am; the players arrived on time and were all in a happy and joyous mood and were really up for it. We arrived at the Speedball Centre in Girlington and were pretty much the first to arrive. The lads got into their football kits and wasted no time at all in warming up and kicking the ball around and arranging themselves into two teams. We had some strong opposition from the Bridge Project who had also entered two teams and Jabaz Hall who were the previous year’s winners.
Both teams, A and B kicked off with A team drawing their first match and B team losing. They played a further three more matches with team A winning all theirs and team B only winning one, however they went through to the semi’s on goal difference. In the semi’s B team played really well and deserved to win but were knocked out! Team A won the semi-final match and went through to the final along with Jabez Hall.
The final was a very active and super fast game, both teams played with determination and total commitment, wanting to win on the day. The first half was dominated by the Calderdale in Recovery team who went on to win, the final score being 3-1 to CiR. On the day we reigned supreme – well done to all who took part.
Article featured in RecoveryTimes issue 4