Six teams are taking part in the newly-established Newquay Flexi-League, allowing more Cornish players than ever to get involved in the game without the commitments of weekend football.
The Newquay Flexi-League offers teams the chance to play an hour of midweek football under the floodlights at Godolphin Way. With teams usually in action every other week, the format aims to get players involved who may be unable to commit to weekend football, allowing them to stay fit and enjoy the social benefits of the beautiful game.
There is also a particular focus on the development of young players who may be experiencing open-age football for the first time; Flexi-Football is the ideal starting point to allow them to challenge themselves against adults for the first time. “From observing the various skill sets, as well as the rates of progression that young people have, it seemed apparent that a gradual integration into Adult football was needed,” said Clive Bunt, joint manager for Newquay Royal British Legion Development. “Flexi-Football delivers these options for young people, helping their progression, being mentored by experienced players around them and giving them confidence to carry their football journey forward.”
Two weeks have passed since the league’s inception, meaning that every team has now had the chance to play at least one fixture. The competition got off to a much-anticipated start on July 18th with Indian Queens, St Agnes, Perranporth and Newquay Youth all in action in the inaugural round of fixtures.
Much of the credit for the new league goes to Cornwall FA Football Development Officer Will Snapes, who has worked tirelessly to give life to an idea formed by his predecessor Rob Finnamore. “This Flexi-League should provide great opportunities for players who have limited access to football, or players who are looking to get back into playing,” said Will. “I hope that this format encourages more players to get involved in football and increases participation in and around the Newquay area.”
Cornwall FA would like to thank the volunteers at Godolphin for their time and effort in helping to get the league up and running. We hope all the teams involved enjoy the competition.
Flexi-Football is also on offer in Bodmin and Penwith. If you are interested in getting involved please contact Will: firstname.lastname@example.org