Westcliff SVP was created in 2000, and has been involved in supporting homeless people through the Winter Night Shelter and many vulnerable people within the community who need a hand with bills, food parcels, necessities, emotional / spiritual support and other services
In the Summer of 2021, as lockdown restrictions were eased, the Friends of Old Subbuteo were asked to hold a Subbuteo event at their Community Support Hub. The Friends of Old Subbuteo don't need a second invite to arrange a local Subbuteo event, so it was game on!
This was either the first time anyone had played Subbuteo, or the first time for at least a couple of decades!
With two tables set up, there was a chance for anyone to have a go, and with a barbecue being prepared and served by our host and event organiser Daniel, there was a relaxed atmosphere for folks to eat, chat and play, as they wished.
In the end, 5 games were played, some lasting around 20 minutes with others played for nearly an hour! For some (especially Lee), once the playing got started, it wasn't very easy to stop! 😅 The game with Elliot was a bit of a marathon, and eventually needed settling with an epic shootout.
Lee 2 v 2 Steve (Lee won 1-0 on shots)
Chris 1 v 0 Alex
Steve 1 v 0 Jimmy
Lee 0 v 0 Elliot (Lee won 4-2 on shots)
Graham ? v ? Russell
The result of the game between Graham and Russell is unrecorded. It might go down as a mythical Subbuteo incident - a mystery never to be solved(!) 🤔 ...or, it might be we find this out at the next event!
Next event is planned for October 2021... watch this space! 😀
The second event at Westcliff SVP saw several closely contested games, which adopted a variety of formats. Singles, doubles and games purely consisting of shoot-outs were held, to give all a chance to get involved in a way that suited them.
Also, Russell was there, which gave the opportunity to explore what happened in that mythical unrecorded match in the Summer. Apparently both he and Graham had played Subbuteo as teenagers, but with the decades since had forgotten the rules and most of the skills(!). This didn't deter them from playing a game where the rules were agreed on as the game progressed. Russell magnanimously admitted to winning the tight affair 1-0, attributing the victory to a healthy slice of good fortune.
Steve 1 v 1 Chris
Russell 2 v 2 Steve
Catherine 1 v 0 Steve (Shots)
Russell 0 v 3 Nate (Shots)
Nate 4 - 3 Russell (Shots)
Nate 2 - 1 Chris
Nate/Steve 1 - 0 Chris/Russell
A relaxed affair saw a mixture of activity, with some singles and doubles matches mixed with some penalty shoot-outs.
The shootouts are proving to be a great way for folks to get involved - not needing to commit to a full match, and still able to have a flick-to-kick experience! 😀
Peter, Alex, Chris and Steve shared a few games, then Jamie and Catherine joined in with some penalty shoot-out action...
Catherine kept up her 100% goal-scoring feats. To date, every shot she has ever taken in her life has finished up in the back of the net! 😎 (2 out of 2!)
Steve 1 v 0 Peter
Chris 1 - 1 Alex
Steve/Chris 1 - 1 Alex/Peter
Jamie wins with 2, Alex, Catherine, Steve and Chris manage to net 1, Peter was foiled by the keeper and then hit the post!