Owing to the obvious current conditions, the football club and associated activity is cancelled until further notice.
Despite the bad weather, players, coaches and families of all Binfield FC age groups came out to support the first Great Binfield FC run. Organised to support the club’s #BinfieldXBondi lockdown challenge, the run saw everyone coming onto the streets, in a socially distanced way, to clock up some miles to help them reach Bondi Beach in Australia.
The lockdown challenge was organised to keep everyone at the club fit and healthy, both physically and mentally, during these tough times. With our players unable to play football or train, we needed a challenge to get everyone active so it was decided we would run (or walk or cycle if under 12 years old) from our home ground at Hill Farm Lane in Binfield to Bondi Beach, some 10,584 miles away!
As well as keeping fit, we’ve also managed to raise some much needed funds for our chosen club charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). We set ourselves a target of £1,000 for the cause…and have smashed it already with over £1500 raised already from our generous supporters.
In terms of reaching Bondi, we are tallying up mileage on a weekly basis. As of Sunday 14th November, we had reached Malaysia…clocking up an impressive 7238 miles. Still some way to go to reach Bondi…but we are confident we will smash this target too as we keep active in lockdown!
Geoff Warner becomes the first signing of the new Binfield management team of Jamie McClurg and Carl Withers.
Even though we are in uncertain times, the management duo have set about building a backroom staff ready to hit the ground running, once it is safe to do so of course.
Geoff will be no stranger to most, given his recent time at Bracknell Town and it is here that the relationship between Dodds, Carl and Geoff was forged. Geoff joins the club with a wealth of coaching experience, some of it spent professionally at Reading FC and Fulham, as well as managing at clubs like Beaconsfield and Bracknell.
On the appointment of Geoff, Dodds and Carl confirmed how pleased they are to have Geoff on board and felt he will be a great addition to their team owing to his experience and all three are excited to get started.
Also joining the backroom team is Tony Perry and Ross Perry, who will be joining as goalkeeper coaches for the coming season. Tony and Ross were also at Bracknell during that same spell as Geoff and it was an easy decision to bring their experience in, having been around them both during that time, but also the strong relationship they have with current first team goalkeeper Chris Grace, so it felt like the perfect fit.
Can you help?
Local man Colin Hills has organised a network to collect non-perishable goods from your doorstep, adhering to the safe conduct of social distancing, and distributing them to NHS workers at Frimley Heath and Heatherwood, when they finish their extensive shifts.
Colin is doing this as these fabulous people wont have to queue in supermarkets at the end of their shifts. Any contribution of non-perishables will be welcome, even things like new toothbrushes and nappies, tins, pasta and toiletries.
Please contact Chris below if you can help and he will arrange a collection from you on a Monday. We will always abide by the social distancing rules.
He will then deliver as arranged to Frimley Hospital and Heatherwood on a Tuesday.
After many days, it’s clear for all to see that Corvid-19 is well and truly with us. Without going into all the why’s and wherefore’s, we all know what we should be doing in order to steer clear of the virus and we should all follow Government guidelines and act appropriately.
As for the football club, it is also clear that we:
- will not be playing football or
- training for the foreseeable future.
Self-isolating and social distancing is something that we must all adhere to, whether we like it or not, not just for our own safety and health, but for those we come into contact with.
As a community football club, we serve the Binfield village and are proud to be a vital part of our locality. The football club doesn’t stop. We have a good committee and we are in communication about various ways forward, with a view to the future. Some decisions will be difficult to make at present as we await to see various outcomes. To that end, we will be asking for volunteers to help out around the club at various points over the coming weeks and days.
Whilst you may be having a bit of down time at the moment from football, can I please ask you to keep an eye out for the elderly, infirm, those in need, those who are lonely, those that are housebound, those that need shopping doing, those that need taking to medical appointments and ask that you “be kind”.
Football will start again when this is all over and done with, but in meantime, be vigilant and aware, take care of yourself and take care of others.