The week started with a sad, but heartwarming moment for our walking footballers. At the Cemetery of Rákospalota, our players said a final farewell to their former captain, László Szabó. The funeral was attended by a good number of our players - both active and inactive players, and to some surprise there was also a new face who did not have the chance to play with Laci.
Those present had not been in touch for decades, this little walking football team was not even one and a half years old when Laci passed away, but there is no doubt that this little team holds a special place in their green and white hearts. Among the decades-long friends, colleagues and close relatives, the significance of such young acquaintances usually fades. It was touching to hear in the eulogy how important and defining not only Ferencváros, but also the team itself, became for our late player. There are so many legends, icons, legendary teams and countless excellent sportsmen and sportswomen of this club, of whom they were lifelong fans, yet at one point, in the distant city of Sofia, it so happened that they together were Ferencváros, which is a priceless experience. It was not even a little bit exaggerated for the team's former president, Gergely Balla, to place a joint wreath on the final resting place on behalf of the Fradi Walking Football Family, with the message: 'Captain! We say goodbye, but we will not forget you!"
The team was slightly smaller than usual at Tuesday evening's training session. Fortunately, the morning's events did not affect the mood in the slightest, and it proved to be one of the best sessions so far.
Thursday's matchday was a format-shifting one this time, as the coaching duo of Roland Horváth and Zoltán Ódor make them play two rounds, alltogether with 12 shorter matches with the four teams, which definitely helped the competition, as there was no noticeable change in the goal count over time—which of course was not insignificantly due to their progress, reflected in the better use of the goal scoring chances. The tournament was won this time by Team Sárosi, for whom this was the first good tournament performance, but it was more noteworthy than the result that although only two ladies were present at the session, both proved to be the most successful players in their teams. Let's also mention the names of the ladies, Katica Maticza, who was also the top scorer in the whole competition with 5 goals, and Éva Mayer.
When we talk about sport, it is rare that both genders have the same opportunity to shine, but walking football is truly a game for all. Young and old, men and women can enjoy the game equally. That's why we love it!
We will double the number of FTC walking football teams at the end of June, and we are now welcoming applications from over the age of 50 at firstname.lastname@example.org!
1. Team Sárosi 11 points
2. Team Albert 9 points
3. Team Fenyvesi 8 points
4. Team Varga 5 points
Team Sárosi–Team Varga 0:1, 0:0
Team Albert–Team Fenyvesi 2:1, 0:1
Team Varga–Team Albert 1:5, 1:3
Team Sárosi–Team Fenyvesi 1:0, 0:0
Team Fenyvesi–Team Varga 1:0, 2:2
Team Sárosi–Team Albert 4:2, 1:0
Two former players were welcomed back by the walking football team.
As well as playing sport, they were also active this week in terms of cheering.
The Walking Football Programme continues with constantly developing team cohesion.
A team from Debrecen joined FTC's domestic walking football tournament on Saturday.
The walking footballers completed two more sessions, preparing for the first Hungarian inter-club competition.
The walking football team fought for Albert, Fenyvesi and Zoltán Varga.
With new structure, new faces alongside the old, but with unchanged enthusiasm, the programme was launched.