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Fives Federation Newsletter 2008

You can read the 2008 Chairman’s (James Toop) report below, and you can download the full newsletter here:

2008 Newsletter

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In the 2007 Annual Report, I described the CFA’s three areas of focus: formalising the Association, continued growth and strategic planning. We continue to make good progress promoting One wall Fives and executing on our strategic plan. However, delays in gaining Company status have delayed our funding applications. This has not slowed our preparations, though, and – now with Company status – we are ready to start the funding process.

We have already been in discussions with schools in Tower Hamlets and Hackney, both of which could potentially be our new borough for summer 2008. For schools, we have developed marketing materials, prepared a new pupil/player website, and written lesson plans. We are also planning a summer competition for our Kensington & Chelsea and Lambeth schools, as well as coaching courses for teachers. We will continue to partner with Westway to roll out the 2008 coaching programme.

One of the successes of 2007 was the interest shown by adult Fives players in One-wall. The British Open last summer led to an England Fives team being sent to competitions in Italy and Spain. One-wall Fives is growing throughout Europe and 11 countries took part in the winter international programme. This year, the CFA will launch an adult membership scheme to allow players to participate in summer competitions, international tours and play in the England team. In addition, we are looking for sports centres to mark out permanent courts so that we have a “home” in London.

If you are want to find out more about the CFA’s summer competitions and foreign tours, please visit our new website, www.playfives.co.uk

James Toop

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