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    Brittany Walking Football Association, Newsletter, November 2017. Morbihan, France.  

     A team name of “Les Bleus Clairs” has been adopted for our high octane, competition squad, although ” Brittany Spears” has appeared as an alternative with mixed opinions.

    Our President, Jeff Smith has been in contact with several interested clubs and associations, particularly in Guernsey. They are developing quickly and maybe we can visit them next year and host a return fixture as well. They naturally have close, friendly links to Jersey too.

     Our relationship with District 56, part of F.F.F.(Fédération Française de Football) has produced an invitation to attend the college at Saint Jean de Brevelay (56) on 14th December, to exhibit the game to students, tutors and parents. AFP (Agence France-Presse) will hopefully attend the presentation! We plan to have a post match-pre Christmas soiree after the fixture, which is timed for 17.15-19.00.

     We have conducted several other press engagements, including an interview that Jacqueline Dufour held with RMC (Radio Monte Carlo) in Monaco - by telephone, sadly not in person! describing our sport - in all of 5 minutes! The presentation has now been networked nationally. We hope that all the publicity will help broaden awareness in the region in general and in particular, to expand female participation in the Association.

     In early September, Aulnay (17) attended with a mixed age squad and were able to raise 2 teams. We played outside on a new all-weather court in Cleguerec on a perfect Breton afternoon. A fine evening at Pont Samouel was enjoyed and gifts given. Bad weather, injuries and hangovers dictated that Aulnay departed early the next day. A week later, we hosted Havant & Waterlooville and Bristol United. We enjoyed a very successful tournament and... BWFA won! Jeff commented that it was very pleasing, as president, to award the winning trophy to himself. In October, a group from BWFA attended a tournament in Havant, near Portsmouth. We lost the opening 2 games, but rallied well and won the remaining 3. BWFA finished 3rd, closely behind the runners up. The next day, we were the guests of Pompey in the Community for a competition. Good friends and contacts were made over the two days and we hope to return sooner rather than later.

     The group intends to continue training and activity over the winter and are planning 2018 tournaments in May and again in September.

     John Alexander Secretary, BWFA.


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