L-R : Bill, Wayne, Matt (doing his best Tommy Cooper impression), Adam, Alex and Neil
'Football for Fathers' was the fantastic idea of local Hitchin Dad, William "Bill" Poole.
Supported by Wayne, Neil, Matt, Adam, Chris and Alex - who together form Football for Father's (FFF) 7-man organising committee, plus a gathering of local Dad's (Gavin, Bobby, Andy, Gareth, Ollie, Nick, Tom, Kev, Dan, Ian, Neil and James to name but a few....) the group has grown rapidly.
FFF has now evolved considerably from the original idea of a weekly Dad's 'kick-around'. In just two years FFF has gone from "jumpers for goalposts" in the local park to a group of over 180+ local Dads, all paying subscriptions, four sessions per week on professional, floodlight astro-turf, summer tournaments, awards evenings, charitable fundraising, offers of international friendlies, mountain biking, Ryder Cup golf and new sessions for +50's football and Women's football planned.
Central to FFF becoming such a success has been the hard work and organisation of the Committee, the support of many people and organisations, the enthusiasm of the entire membership and our five founding principles below.
Park football - approx 12 regular members
Move to astro - approx 30 signed-up members
75+ signed-up members, 2 regular Hitchin sessions, club kit and tournaments
Football for Fathers charitable donations to DS Achieve and Hitchin Partnership
Branded merchandise (and beer consumption) continuing to increase...
180+ signed-up members, 4 regular Hitchin sessions, and FFF Golf.
FFF welcomes fathers of all abilities and fitness. We encourage those with less experience and challenge those with more than their fair share with equal positivity and support. The majority of our members are fathers, aged between 30 to early 50’s. We see this as a key factor in our success and our diverse demographic makes for a rich social mix, adding to the positive experience of our members.
Besides the obvious health benefits of playing football for an hour or two every week, we also recognise the important positive mental health contribution that our group provides. Given our demographic and the various stresses and challenges that being a father brings, the social, community factor mixed with a few endorphins (and the odd pint here and there...) provides a positive and proactive way of maintaining physical and mental wellbeing.
Football is, after all, the beautiful game and it’s all about being enjoyed. Yes, we all want to win - but not at the cost of enjoyment or to the detriment of our members and teammates. The FFF committee will not tolerate any members being overly competitive (both physically or verbally), aggressive or discriminatory in their interactions with other members. We firmly believe that winning should not come at the cost of inclusivity, wellbeing or enjoyment. Where these founding principles are threatened we will act appropriately to protect them.
FFF is delighted to support local good causes and charities. We see this as a very fortunate by-product of being part of a group who all share the same values and principles. As we continue to grow we look forward to being able to further increase the impact we are able to have on positive, local community initiatives.
FFF is a volunteer run football club. Anyone paying subs for sessions on Monday or Wednesday (or other FFF scheduled games/tournaments) does so entirely at their own risk. Sole responsibility for any injury, illness or death that may occur or later arise as a result of playing football at a FFF session rests entirely with the individual members. By paying a subscription you agree to the terms of this health and safety policy.