Community Kickabout is a small-sided football session for Over 30’s and is part of our fitness initiative, organised by the TSC in partnership with Hemel Hempstead Town FC and supported by a Community Grant from Dacorum Borough Council. Click Here to find out more about our plans to get local people active.

Continuing the successful return of Community Kickabout after the break for Lockdown, we were back at Vauxhall Road on Monday night for another football session. Thanks to everyone who participated, and again thanks to those who joined the stand-by list and were available to fill in for late withdrawals; apologies to those who registered for the stand-by list but didn’t get the opportunity to play this week, the sessions continue to gain popularity and we hope to be able to accommodate more players soon. Once again, we were also very thankful to Scott Daly for helping out by getting the players properly warmed up at the start of the session. Booking is now active for next weeks session, at 9pm on Monday 21st December 2020, this is our last session of 2020 as 28th is a Bank Holiday (we’ll return to Vauxhall Road on Monday 4th January 2021), payment must be made online in order to secure your place. For this last session of the year, “Christmas Kickabout”, we’re going to increase the participants fees from £6 to £10 and donate the proceeds to DENS, the homeless charity for people in Dacorum. DENS ensure individuals have access to temporary and short-term accommodation, and individuals and families have access to emergency food and provisions. DENS has been helping to rebuild lives for over 16 years. Read more on their website:

Action from a recent Community Kickabout. Photo: Dan Finill.

Our sessions take place on the main pitch at Hemel Hempstead Town FC, Vauxhall Road, which is FIFA Pro standard all-weather artificial grass; our matches are an easy, affordable and friendly opportunity for anyone to get active (not just TSC members or Hemel FC fans). The emphasis on these sessions is having fun! If this initiative is to succeed, then participants need to enjoy our sessions; in turn we’ll hopefully see continued participation and you’ll see an improvement in fitness.

The session is for people aged over 30 because cardiovascular disease in people aged between 30 and 74 in Dacorum is statistically significantly higher than the averages for England and Hertfordshire and around 50,000 residents aged 50 and above suffer from a long-term health problem or disability. Our aim is to encourage participation amongst our community; whilst this is an initiative of the Tudor Supporters Club, anyone is welcome to participate (albeit we will subsidise the costs for our members).

There is compulsory use of the correct footwear as directed by Hemel FC for their new artificial surface – Football Boots with moulded plastic studs are preferred.  Please be aware that bladed boots of any description, metal studs, metal tipped studs and flat soled trainers are not permitted.

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