Tuesday's 9-10pm kicked off on the 17th September and we already have over 40 new members signed-up. If you are kicking your heels on a Tuesday night and are aged 30+, dust off your football boots and come and join us. Register your interest below:
Alex and Adam from the FFF Committee were invited into the BBC Three Counties radio HQ on 10th July 2019 to talk about Football for Fathers, and the results of our 2019 Members' survey.
Hitchin, Hertfordshire, 5 July, 2019 – A new survey by Hitchin based Football for Fathers highlights the dramatic benefits that regular, fun, community football sessions can have on the health of men, aged 30 and above.
According to the most recent statistics compiled by the Men’s Health Forum, 12.5% of men in the UK are suffering from one of the common mental health disorders, and men report significantly lower life satisfaction than women (lowest with men aged 45 to 59). Men also have measurably lower access to the social support of friends, relatives and community. On men’s fitness, every year 50,000 deaths are directly attributed to excess weight and one man in five dies before the age of 65.
Against this backdrop, Football for Fathers is a unique, grassroots success story. Established in spring 2017, Football for Fathers is a community-based club for football-loving dads. Based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, the club provides fun, competitive weekly football sessions for men of all abilities, aged 30 and above.
Originally started by 7 friends (and fathers) who missed a regular, social game of football, the group has evolved from a ‘jumpers-for-goalposts’ kick-around in the park, to 3 (and soon to be 4) sessions per week and a membership of almost 140.
Football for Fathers (FFF) first ever survey of its membership received 112 responses (representing 80% of the current membership). Headline findings include:
Alex Williamson, a Hitchin Dad and member since 2017 commented: “Since starting at the club I've lost over two stone and my resting heart rate is down to the low 50s. Beyond the physical health benefits, the sessions are friendly and fun. I’ve found it a great help in managing the inevitable stresses of work and family life. It’s a very friendly and welcoming vibe and has also helped expand my social circle.”
Adam Nethersole, one of the club’s Founding Fathers said:“Football for Fathers has become something of an institution in Hitchin, and we believe it’s a unique footballing concept in the UK. Community football is a fantastic way to bring men - often living busy, stressful lives – together, in a welcoming, supportive club-culture. Our survey results validate what we have created – a club we are all very proud of.”
Due to over-whelming demand the club are starting a new session in September on Tuesday evenings between 9-10pm. Dads from Hitchin or the surrounding villages who are interested in taking part can pre-register via the website.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE SURVEY IS AVAILABLE HERE.
Thanks to our friends at Macron Store Hertfordshire, you can now purchase kit via a dedicated online shop. Get shopping below...
After a tense final, and having suffered a last minute equaliser, 'Game of Throw-ins' won the Championship, beating 'Le Saux Solid Crew' in the final on penalties.
The Football for Fathers' Committee are organising a series of sessions on Emergency First Aid in football. Theses are provided free of charge for the benefit of members. Sessions are limited to 20 persons. More information here.
Anything FC Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Everton Ladies can do, so can we!
As modelled by Wayne here is our new Football for Fathers 2019 Away shirt. If you're interested in getting hold of one,
speak to Neil Turnham.
Hitchin, Nov 2018 - Football for Fathers are delighted to be sponsoring Hitchin Partnership this Christmas. Our sponsorship will help the Partnership deliver a football within all of their 120 Christmas hampers which are distributed to families across Hitchin.
Hitchin Partnership provides a family support service to the 27 schools in Hitchin and our surrounding villages. They work alongside families giving practical support and user friendly parenting strategies. More information on the partnership and it's work can be found here.
Hitchin, Nov 2018 - Football for Fathers are delighted to be sponsoring DS Achieve - a local, Hertfordshire based charity that aims to empower children with Downs Syndrome to achieve their potential and to enable their families to support them in doing so.
Without this support, families can really struggle to access the services and information they need to make sure their children achieve all they can. The kind of activities DS Achieve roll out include teaching young children early learning skills to set them up to start school, providing essential support and information to parents, and training school teachers and their assistants how to support children with Downs Syndrome in their settings.
You can read more about DS Achieve at DSAchieve.com.
Thanks to Whitey and the team who took part in our first 11-a-side competitive match back in September. Our lads had a narrow defeat, losing 2-1, with our goal coming from John 'Kaka' Parr (someone please buy him some black shorts...) who scored a bicycle kick, assisted by Neil Turnham. Special mention to Gavin who performed heroics in goal.
Hitchin, July 2018 - The unveiling of Hitchin Football for Fathers' squad for the upcoming high-profile fixture with Waltham Utd (Vets) brought the Hitchin Vic to a standstill on Wednesday night.
At a packed press conference (standing room only), the FFF squad for the prestigious 11 a-side match v Waltham United (Vets) was released by the FFF Committee (above) against the back drop of an unprecedented bidding war to secure international TV rights.
Player Coach Chris 'Whitey' commented amongst the media frenzy: “We have come a long way in a short space of time and to have the opportunity to play against such high profile opposition is a dream come true for the lads. For most of them it is the biggest game of their career. My job is to take the pressure off them, and above all treat it the same way as any other game”.
We're travelling down to Waltham with a very strong squad, and one that combines pace, power and superb post-match drinking abilities".
Director of Football, Adam Nethersole replied in response to questions from the Comet: “With the World Cup having only just finished we are acutely aware of fatigue within the squad, and that being said, we know how disciplined the lads will be on their hard-earned summer breaks. We have no concerns of any of them letting themselves go. We've spoken to Gareth (Southgate) and he is happy for us to release the full power and experience of the squad.
Commenting on the controversial international TV rights deal, Director of Communications and Charlton Athletic legend, Neil T commented “FFF TV have secured the domestic rights but internationally we have Fox, Aljazeera and Eurosport (HD) at the table. Plus Panini stickers want to make a book based on the fixture. It’s time to put up or shut up”.
The squad for the upcoming fixture with Waltham Utd (Vets) is as follows:
1. Chris W (Caps 0) (Player/Coach)
2. Luke (Caps 0)
3. David (Caps 0)
4. Jimmy (Caps 0)
5. Matt H (Caps 0, Balls in the tennis court 56)
6. Chris A (Caps 0)
7. Bobby (Caps 0)
8. Andy Bur (Caps 0)
9. Neil T (Caps 0, Kebabs 4)
10. Paul D (Caps 0)
11. Scott (Caps 0)
12. Chris B (Caps 0)
13. Tom A (Caps 0, Missed goals in Cup finals after mazy solo runs 1)
14. Jan R (Caps 0)
15. Ian (Caps 0)
16. Harry (Caps 0, Annoying photos of him on holiday 7)
17. John (Caps 0)
18. Dan L (Caps 0)
19. Matt O (Caps 0)
20. Said (Caps 0)
21. Adam (Caps 0) (Assistant Manager)
* Squad subject to injury fluctuation, and four of us getting out of a poorly timed camping trip to Henlow.
Photos from Hitchin Football For Fathers' media conference are below...
Hitchin, June 2018 - Through our recent 5-a-Side tournament, FFF was delighted to be able to support local community interest company, ELSA and their founder and CEO Jane Shipley's excellent work to help empower local, young people.
Donations from FFF members who took part enabled ELSA to provide new pairs of football boots to enable the young people they work with to fully enjoy the benefits football can provide.
More information on E.L.S.A can be found at: http://elsa4u.co.uk