Thanks to Tesco, Groundwork and our club treasurer Ray Parker, Arbroath Walking Football recently took delivery of a brand new defibrillator (AED ). The cash was raised through Tesco’s ‘bags of help‘ scheme and the persistence of Ray.
We feel that a defibrillator is a must for any walking football club. It’s also very reassuring for the players to know that we will have one at every session.

Ray Parker. Darin Bell. Gogs Smith and the Tesco manager with the defibrillator. Image by Wallace Ferrier

Sunday Friendly

On Sunday 10th March, Dundee & Angus college travelled to Arbroath to play a set of friendlies against AWF.
After a slow start in the first game, AWF ran out 9-3 winners in what was a very entertaining game.

The 2nd game saw two AWF teams pitted against each other. Wullie Craib’s team were heading toward a 3-1 defeat, when, with a few minutes left of the game, two quick goals saw them earn a draw.

Dundee and Angus college got into the swing of things and comfortably won the next two games.

In a replay of the second game, fortunes were reversed as Wullie’s team lost a two-goal lead to see the game finish all square again. Fantastic stuff

All games were competitive, but they were played in the right spirit; players from both camps putting their hands up when a free kick offence had taken place. Another good advert for walking football. Well done to all involved.

Match report by Dave Milne

On the road again

Plans are firmly in place for Arbroath Walking Football Club to hit the road again.

After coming very close to winning the Spanish Masters in Cambrils, the club is travelling to Lake Garda in Italy to try and bring home the Italian Masters Trophy. Failing that, there is always the Cucchiaio di Legno Trophy (the wooden spoon).

The tournament is once again being organised by Walking Football Tours
These Guys have been organising walking football tours for a few years now and it shows, complete professionals from the word go. Oh! the banter is also second to none.

For further information about the competition, please click the link below.
Italian Masters Walking Football

The great debate

He’s running‘. You’ll hear that at almost every session of walking football up and down the country, it’s the most contentious issue in the game. In fact, go on YouTube and search for walking football, you’ll see running during most (if not all) games.

Most of the running is done off the ball, and if you’re reffing a game it’s really difficult to pick this up because you’re focused on the player with the ball and the players close to him, you’re watching for fouls, the number of touches, and of course, running.

Most of the running is down to the fact that the vast majority who play walking football have played football at some level before and the competitive edge still remains with the player; it’s all about getting to the ball first, and at that moment, they forget that they’re playing walking football.

Some of the running happens over just a few steps, in my own opinion, it’s still advantageous to the team in possession. Most of the players don’t even know that they’re running, they’re caught up in the game and the competitiveness takes over.

It’s up to the players to check themselves, if you think you’re running, you almost certainly are. If the ref tells you that you’re running, just accept it and get on with the game. If you’re running and know you are, maybe you should consider playing a game of normal paced football.

I can’t remember who said this, might have been during a friendly I was watching, but it made me laugh – ‘can we not drop this obsession with running and just get on with the game?’ Erm, it’s walking football.

Enjoy the game, folks. Feel free to add your tuppence worth.

Arbroath FC Match Day Experience

Arbroath Walking Football Club were invited to play at Gayfield, the home of Arbroath Football Club On Saturday 26th January 2019 as part of the Gayfield match day experience. The opposition  this time were Dundee Utd Community Trust. The game is played during the half time interval and gives both teams a chance showcase their skills and hopefully attract interest from potential players.

The game was played in a very sporting manner with the Dundee team coming very close to opening the scoring. The final score was a two-one victory for the home side. Kevin Craib was the scorer of both goals for the Arbroath team.

Thanks to Dundee Utd, a very sporting group of players who demonstrated that the game is not just for men. And thanks once again to Arbroath FC for allowing us to play and advertise walking football.

The after-match pose