Good game – good game

We were invited to play a half time match at Gayfield yesterday (04/02/18) against Dundee United Walking Football Club. Surprisingly for this time of year, the weather was quite mild and a gentle breeze replaced the normal force 10 wind. The pitch was also in excellent condition, hats doffed to the ground staff.
We had 7 players available for this game, and as usual, they were all keen as mustard to get on the pitch and get playing. We had 12 minutes to showcase walking football to potential newcomers, and I hope we at least made people aware that it’s not a bunch of old people who can barely move and that it is quite competitive, and also that it’s not just an all-male sport.
The game itself was an end to end affair, there were no dirty tackles, there were a couple of running incidents, but they were due to the occasion.
Arbroath came out on top in this match, but we hope that we can play them again at some point, hopefully over a longer period.
Many thanks to all at Arbroath FC for organising this and for having us. Particular thanks go to Brian Cargill for the big part he plays, not only for helping raise awareness of the sport, but for his enthusiasm for all things Arbroath. Thanks also to Yvonne Milliken for her organisational skills and timekeeping. Last, but certainly not least, many thanks to the players from Dundee United Walking Football Club, AWFC look forward to meeting you all again.

From left back:
Ray Parker. Mike Burnett. Dave Milne John Gowans. Dave (the cat) Beattie. Jim McNairn.
Front: The one and only – Sye Webster

Gayfield revisited

This Saturday (3rd February) will see us returning to Gayfield to play a half time match. This time round, we will be playing against Dundee United walking football club.
Anyone who has played in these games will know that it all happens in a flash, but it’s a very enjoyable experience. We will be meeting at the players entrance at 14.30, Arbroath FC are kindly providing us with kit, just bring footwear.
This will be another good game for all players involved. Just remember that we are advertising the walking football game.

National governing body

Received this email today (We are members of Walking Football Scotland). I’m not sure how this will affect us joining a local league, or a league set up that hasn’t been sanctioned. I’m not sure if Walking Football Scotland have any plans for a local league or competitions of any sort. News of any happenings will be posted here.

Dear Jim,

There has been a lot of confusion regarding an organisation called the Walking Football Association and its claim to be the National Governing Body (NGB) for Walking Football in the UK. The Walking Football Association is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales, No. 10479575

I am happy to go on record and state that Walking Football Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity No: SC047709, and proud to be leading walking football in Scotland and has no links with the WFA.

The WFA have no jurisdiction in Scotland nor do I recognise them as an NGB.

I look to the Scottish FA to be the National Governing Body in Scotland and happy to share a quote from the Scottish FA, which states: “The Scottish FA is the Governing Body for Football in Scotland. Walking Football is a derivative of Football and we therefore support this area of the game through our working relationships with Walking Football Scotland.”

I felt this letter was necessary to clear up any confusion and inform our members of the difference between both organisations and ask you to circulate it around your group.

Walking Football Scotland already has strong partnerships with organisations such as Age Scotland, NHS Scotland, Paths for All and the SPFL Trust. With everyone working together and Walking Football Scotland continuing to develop a safe and exciting game at every level, the future for the slowed down version of the game is indeed very bright.

Andy Gould, Head of Football Development at the Scottish FA, said: “Walking Football is a core activity in the Scottish FA’s Grassroots Football strategy, the One National Plan, and it is heartening to see the growth of a sport that helps to deliver benefits such as increased physical activity, mental well-being and our ultimate vision of providing ‘Football for Life’.

“We look forward to working with Walking Football Scotland, our regional network and our extensive links to clubs and other stakeholders to continue to support the growth of walking football in future.”

Walking Football Scotland has been delighted with the support from our members and happy to work with everyone to improve, maintain and promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of older adults in Scotland through walking football.

I hope this has clarified the position and I am confident that with your continued support we can move on in a positive manner.



Gary McLaughlin

Walking Football Scotland