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Sport, an important pastime for most children, be it football, tennis, swimming or one of the many sports children enjoy.

Paphos lacks green parks therefore your usual kick around at the local park in the UK is difficult to find in Cyprus.

Most properties come with or have access to a swimming pool. Moving to Cyprus children soon become confident both
in the pool at in the sea. It is worth remembering, pool temperatures are best between May to September. October to
April for most the pools are too cool.

Sports clubs (including “non-profitable” clubs) are generally commercial, expect to pay approximately euros 40.00 to 80.00 per month per person for such activities as football and tennis. For a family with two children this could equal euros 1,000.00 to 1,600.00 per year. There are some exceptions including the local Rugby club.

Other sporting activities include a running club, lawn bowls, ten pin bowling, cycling, squash (to be found in one of the many hotels) and sea fishing.

Water based activities are popular though can be expensive. An hours Jet bike hire for example will cost approximately euros 80.00 - 100.00. Boat hire can be negotiated, for a 8 person boat expect to pay euros 130.00 for 4 hours hire. Diving is also popular though check with the various LICENCED clubs for current prices. There is a Water Park in Paphos, if you intend to use the Park more than once during the year then a season pass is worth considering.

Always check the Individual or persons coaching, supervising or instructing your children holds the relevant and current qualifications, is appropriately trained, (one qualified person does not make all people qualified) and there is at least one current fully qualified first aider. Also make sure they hold a Disclosure & Barring Service certificate (DBS / CRB) to the date of their departure from the UK (if British) and a clear Cypriot police report from the day they arrived in Cyprus.

Make sure the Sports club you will be sending your children to is registered with the appropriate governing body. For example, in the UK most football clubs are affiliated with the Football Association (the FA) and therefore are governed and will abide by the code of practice and meet child protection laws and and safeguarding children regulations. Check the equipment is appropriate and well maintained.

ASK - ARE THE PEOPLE SUPERVISING YOUR CHILDREN QUALIFIED, HOLDS A CURRENT CRB / DISCLOSURE & BARRING SERVICE CERTIFICATE / POLICE CHECKED AND APPROPRIATE INSURANCE ? - Just because you live in a different Country does not mean morals are worthier.

REMEMBER , ONE QUALIFIED PERSON DOES NOT MAKE EVERYONE WORKING WITH CHILDREN QUALIFIED - ALWAYS ASK TO SEE QUALIFICATIONS.

Not for the fainthearted a visit to one of the professional football clubs to watch a match. Cypriots are very fanatical about football and sometimes during a game they can become offensive, fiery and aggressive .

In general sport is not as accessible as the UK though with a smaller population this is understandable.
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> JUN 17: CYPRUS PRESS......Two men were arrested and remanded for three days after a parasailing accident which left two tourists injured

> MAY 17: CYPRUS PRESS......A 26-year-old man was arrested in connection with the crowd trouble

> MAR 17: SOCIAL MEDIA.....More arrests, as usual no sentencing and the thugs carry on regardless. (Football match)

> MAR 17: CYPRUS PRESS......During riots after the Anorthosis – Apollon match in Larnaca on Sunday a 23-year-old man was arrested for violent behaviour and throwing objects.

> FEB 17: CYPRUS PRESS......Three people were arrested on Sunday after crowd trouble

> FEB 17: CYPRUS PRESS......Paphos mayor Phedonas Phedonos will share any information he has on football match-fixing with police

> FEB 17: CYPRUS PRESS......Female footie fan given suspended sentence for using firecrackers at match

> FEB 17: CYPRUS PRESS......The football association (CFA) has fined two top flight teams €50,000 each after they were implicated in suspicious betting activity by the European governing body UEFA.

> DEC 16: CYPRUS PRESS......The chairman of the sports organisation (KOA) urged parliament to approve legislation to fight match-fixing

> MAR 16: CYPRUS PRESS......A bomb went off early on Friday outside a bakery in Limassol, owned by a 50-year-old former football referee.

> DEC 15: CYPRUS PRESS......corruption and match-fixing in Cypriot football

> SEP 15: CYPRUS PRESS......Police are searching for a man suspected of engaging in racist conduct during a football match

> AUG 15: CYPRUS PRESS......identity card for sports fans, voted in last year as part of an anti-hooligan bill

> JUL 15: SOCIAL MEDIA.....A punch-up between opposing football supporters is front page news


> JUL 15: CYPRUS PRESS......an international football referee who charged that match-fixing was widespread in Cyprus,

> JUL 15: SOCIAL MEDIA.....Anyone in Cyprus with the slightest intelligence, knows to well, that football in Cyprus from KOP (Cyprus FA) down to the lowest divisions are thriving on corruption and criminal behavior.

> JUN 15: CYPRUS PRESS......the Cyprus Sports Association (KOA) jointly organised a lecture on how sports can help reduce the ‘one in five’ children that face sexual violence.


> MAY 15: CYPRUS PRESS......Long simmering doubts over the integrity of Cypriot football boiled over

> MAY 15: CYPRUS PRESS......A 24-year-old woman has been remanded in custody for three days on suspicion of throwing a firecracker at a car after Saturday’s football game

> APR 15: INTERNATIONAL PRESS......yet another Cypriot soccer league referee found his car a burned wreck

> MAR 15: CYPRUS PRESS......A 30-year-old man was detained for verbally abusing police officers before a cup fixture


> FEB 15: CYPRUS PRESS......A brawl between players of the opposing teams signalled the cutting short of an amateur-league game

> JAN 15: CYPRUS PRESS......It’s fair to say that the referee had a very bad game but he was not helped at all by the players who failed to show any respect towards their fellow professionals nor towards the fans who watched the game.

> JAN 15: CYPRUS PRESS......police returned all computers and equipment confiscated last month. Police investigators raided the CFA offices late on December 23, following accusations by international referee Marios Panayi regarding match-fixing in the island’s top league.

> DEC 14: PAPHOS FORUM......Match fixing is a world-wide phenomenon and Cyprus is no different.

> OCT 14: CYPRUS PRESS......A football player claims to have received death threats after becoming the first Greek Cypriot to join a Turkish Cypriot team

> SEP 14: CYPRUS PRESS......The Cyprus Search and Rescue Centre (CSRC) delivered two semi-rigid inflatable boats to the Larnaca municipality and the Cyprus navy’s: Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT), to be used for search and rescue purposes.

> AUG 14: PAPHOS FORUM......The other possible complication with the boat is Cyprus doesn't recognise RYA qualifications


> JUN 14: CYPRUS PRESS......The draft of a new bill aiming at preventing violence in football matches by controlling fans and by enforcing strict penalties to perpetrators is on its final stages

> May14: CYPRUS PRESS......the cyprus football association (CFA) board will convene urgently to discuss ways of stemming the increasing surge of hooliganism in Cyprus.

> May14: CYPRUS PRESS......An substitute was sent to hospital with a head injury after he was struck by a firecracker, prompting referee to abandon the game a few minutes into the second half.

> May14: PAPHOS FORUM......Heavy Police presence......a big match and they were expecting trouble.

> APR 14: PAPHOS FORUM......Water sports injuries are not that uncommon and can be serious.

> APR 14: CYPRUS PRESS......Fighting between rival fans has become a frequent phenomenon in Cyprus in the last ten years despite continuous campaigns by the clubs, the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) and the police.
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> MAR 14: PAPHOS FORUM......Cyprus suffers from the violence at football games we used to see in England in the 70s and 80s and 90s.

> MAR 14: CYPRUS PRESS......All Cyprus football matches for this weekend have been postponed after referees told the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) that they would be abstaining from work after one of their members had his car blown up.

> FEB 14: CYPRUS FORUM......There's no such thing at background check in Cyprus. Not the proper way of doing it, anyways.

> FEB 14: PAPHOS FORUM......The Marina in Limasol is up and running. We were offered a berth there but boy oh boy is it expensive.

> JAN 14: CYPRUS PRESS……Police investigations are ongoing into six Cyprus First Division football matches that were suspected by football’s governing body, UEFA, of being fixed.

> OCT 13: PAPHOS FORUM......They (Paphos FC) have been relegated to Div 2 B league mainly because they had no money to pay the players, the best went and left and they were docked points last year as well, they have been docked 6 points again this season same reason

> AUG 13: PAPHOS FORUM......I know you can go Tuna fishing , but you have to go a long way out , I think about an hour or so .. Sea bream and sea bass are out there , but dont expect any whoppers , as the whole region has been over fished ..



> AUG 13: CYPRUS PRESS……(Cyprus) Referees have called for stricter punishments after football fans attacked a referee following a pre-season friendly. Referees said hooligans were out of control.

> FEB 13: CYPRUS PRESS……The Cyprus Football Association (CFA) has asked police to investigate possible match-fixing of a local match after European football governing body UEFA sent out a warning, according to a CFA statement.

> FEB 13: PAPHOS FORUM......Firecrackers are illegal in Cyprus. These rules, however, do not apparently apply to football fans. Ahead of today's 'big match' fans of both teams were blatantly breaking the law - and the police were looking on and doing ...... absolutley nothing!

> NOV 12: CYPRUS PRESS......The goalkeeper collapsed injured in his box due to an exploding flare thrown on to the pitch just yards from him. The volley of debris thrown down from the fans led to the match being suspended by match officials to protect the players' safety.
 
> NOV 12: CYPRUS PRESS……Professional futsal has become such a popular spectator sport that the top teams even have their share of fire-cracker and stone-throwing hooligans more usually associated with futsal’s big brother, football.

> OCT 12: UK PRESS......Cyprus league was suspended 10 minutes into the second half after a flare was thrown by away supporters, landing next to players and exploding.

> AUG 12: PAHOS RESIDENT ON FORUM……There is a big problem with disorder at football matches.

> MAR 12: PEYIA COUNCIL......For the first time, they (APOP Peyia FC) presented details on their significant debts (over €2 million).

> PAHOS RESIDENT ON FORUM……Only in Peyia! We've been to the match to cheer on Peyia. And did Peyia need some cheering on! What a shower of a game - and I'm a girlie when it comes to footie! It was terrible.
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