Chugging along at Feniton Town Football Club
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The frustrating monotony of lockdown is particularly poignant at Feniton Town, who entered the enforced break sitting top of the Devon and Exeter League Premier Division.
Like most clubs, Fenny are keeping themselves busy with running challenges and first-team manager James Hiscox is well aware that there is a mental health aspect to be considered in these strange times.
When it comes to the resumption of competitive football, all options remain on the table for the League but the window for completing the season is narrowing all the time.
“It is obviously difficult to keep things chugging along because we obviously can’t meet as a group but we have got a running group on Whatsapp,” said Hiscox.
“I set out challenges on that and encourage the players to keep trying to beat their personal best times. I also speak to players individually, just to make sure they are alright.
“They are competitive people by nature and football on a Saturday is your release, it is the highlight of the week for many of us.
“As a manager, I finish the game on a Saturday and I’m already thinking about the next game on a Sunday morning. The weeks seem to be dragging on longer at the moment.
“There is a huge mental health aspect to the current situation and we always encourage the boys to talk with each other.
“For the 90 minutes of football on a Saturday, and training in the week, players can completely forget about any problems or worries they might have. All you need to think about is playing the game.
“When you’re sat at home and feeling bored, people can naturally overthink and that goes for everybody involved in physical activity because we can’t even go to the gym.
“In terms of our season, we’ve heard nothing from the League because even the Government haven’t been able to clarify when lockdown will end.
“It is very difficult for the League and from our side of things, we half expect the season to be declared void, which would be very disappointing for us."