August 2013: EFA President Rides London To Raise Money For Cambridge Courts

EFA President Richard Barber successfully completed the 100 mile RideLondon bike ride last weekend, raising money for the new Cambridge University courts in the process.

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July 2013: Westway Fives Festival Is A Huge Success

Paul Bowden reports:

The First Westway Fives Festival at Eton College

On Wednesday 17th July, 112 ten and eleven year olds from three schools took part in the first ever Westway Fives Festival held at Eton College, the home of the game. They were participants in the Westway Outreach Programme generously sponsored by John Lyon’s Charity in which 16 schools had taken part over the last year involving almost 700 children.

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Cambridge Playathon players go the distance

Robert Wilson reports:

On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June, Cambridge University Eton Fives Club played a twenty-four hour sponsored match on the court at Magdalene College to raise money for the three Eton Fives courts that are being built in the new sports centre for October 2013. So far, nearly £1,000 has been raised, with the overall appeal requiring under £40,000 of the total £440,000 needed.

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May 2013: EFCT Chairman Puts His Best Foot Forward

Eton Fives Charitable Trust Chairman Richard Black completed his sponsored walk - wearing his Fives gloves all the way - on Sunday, raising over £1,200 for the Cambridge courts appeal in the process.

EFA Dinner and Awards 2013

The 2013 EFA Dinner took place in London on Saturday night and was another memorable occasion; the event featured the second end of season award ceremony with the winners in each category voted for by the Eton Fives-playing public. An even higher number of votes was cast than last year and one or two of the categories were incredibly close; the big winners on the night were the Old Millhilllians who took home the Team of the Year award and also the Coach of the Year award for Steve Plummer. George Campbell and Karen Hird were rewarded for their breakthroughs this season with the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards and John Reynolds was the victor in an incredibly strong field in the Special Contribution to Fives category.

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2013 EFA End of Season Awards: Time to get voting!

Following on from last year's inaugural event, the EFA Dinner on May 11th will see the presentation of the EFA Awards for the following categories: Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Team of the Year, Coach of the Year and Special Contribution to Fives.

***VOTING IS NOW CLOSED***

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April 2013: North Oxford win Division 2

North Oxford won the Division 2 title for the second successive year last night with a nailbiting 2-1 win over a strong Westway Olavians team. The two points gained take them to a final tally of 25 for the season, half a point ahead of the Old Millhillians 2, who narrowly miss out on a remarkable first and second division double. With the match poised at 1-1 and the title in the balance, North Oxford's heroes were vice-captain Spencer Chapman and Carl Rennie, who held their nerve to come from 12-10 down to win the fourth game 13-12 and clinch the decisive point.

2013 Eton College Fives Marathon

Mike Hughes reports:

Eton College Fives Team 25 hour Fives Marathon

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th March 2013

In early February Charlie Fairbanks Smith and Tom Hearn approached myself and C.M.B.Williams with an ambitious idea to play Fives, non-stop, for 25 hours in order to raise money for some worthy charitable causes. We were only too happy to help facilitate such a commendable initiative, and so at 5.00pm on Saturday 9th March the idea became a reality as 18 Etonians along with 10 Beaks, Old Etonians and guests appeared outside court 11 to showcase the start of a marathon effort to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK and Thames Hospice care.

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