Crewkerne & District U3A’s walking football team recorded its first win, since its formation three years ago, in a county FA football tournament. The Crewkerne team took a squad of 10 players to the Friendly Festival held at Bucklers Mead Sports Centre. Eleven walking football teams from Somerset attended the tournament with matches lasting 10 minutes, played across three artificial 3G pitches. Crewkerne drew their first match 0-0, won the next one 2-0 the third match 1-0 and then drew the next three matches 0-0. The winning goals were scored by Phil Linley, Mike Rawe and Phil Hartley. Team member Anne Bright said: “It was an excellent result thanks to good all round teamwork. We came away without losing a game and without conceding a goal.”
Other members of the squad, who had a chance to play during the walking football tournament, were Mick Pardoe, Peter Riddell, Peter White, Barry Mossley, Andy Derrick, Bob and Anne Bright. Anne praised Somerset Football Association for organising the tournament which attracted teams from Yeovil, Taunton, Frome, Shepton, Clevedon, Weston-super-Mare, Odd Down and Midsomer Norton as well as from Crewkerne.
As well as finding success on the field, Crewkerne & District U3A reported a brilliant session in the classroom when member Val Warren, regional volunteer for the Third Age Trust on the Avalon network, held an induction workshop at the George Reynolds Centre for U3A members in South Somerset. Most of those who attended the session, that looked at issues such as safeguarding, data protection and responsibilities of trustees, were committee members from U3As in Castle Cary, Martock & District, Yeovil and Crewkerne.
Val Warren has spent her career working in the charity sector and and been a member of Crewkerne & District U3A for 12 years. Val said: “We have a duty of care to our hard working volunteers to ensure they are up-to-date and able to comply with all the legislation that affects charities these days.” Feedback on the workshop highlighted the value of them getting together and sharing experiences, as well as the need to develop greater awareness of recent legislation and how it impacts on the management of their U3As. Among the problems that confront the South West region are lack of public transport, lack of resources and rural isolation. Val said: “Our U3As are doing a brilliant job in overcoming them.”