Championees Championees …

Having already been to Coventry for trails in 2020 for the Scotland squad (and being selected), two lads from Arbroath Walking Football: Gordon ‘Gogs’ Smith and Dave ‘Wadds’ Waddell, traveled down to Nottingham to participate in the Samantha Birtles Memorial Cup. This event was a walking football tournament organised by Nottingham Forest legend Garry Birtles in memory of his wife, who he lost to pancreatic cancer.

 

Ten teams were involved in the tournament, and the lads were in some illustrious company as some current and ex England national walking football players were involved.

The lads were surprised when their team (the Scottish Exiles) was piped onto the pitch. A very proud moment that they both agreed made the hairs on the back of their neck stand up.

The Exiles made it through the group stages, winning two and losing 1-0 to Nottingham Forest. Gogs Scored a cracking debut goal against Boston United, an unstoppable howitzer from 15 yards, and Wadds was named man of the match against Nottingham forest.
In the semi-final, the Scottish Exiles came out 1-0 victors in a very close match against Sleaford Town.
The Exiles then faced the North East England Select team in the final. In what was always going to be a very close match, the game finished 0-0. The game went to sudden death penalties, Gogs scored, and Wadds saved the last penalty kick to ensure the cup went to the Scottish Exiles. Wadds was also named Man of the match for the final.

The lads would like to express their gratitude to – Steve Morgon for organising the event. Garry Birtles, for being a great host and for organising this event. Arbroath FC Community Trust for their support, particularly Kevin Middleton for supplying the tops.

Everyone at AWF would like to congratulate the lads; well done.

Charity Cycle

Horseback UK is a charity set up to empower service personnel and veterans suffering from life-changing injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and to aid them on their road to recovery.

Local man Ian Wren is a patron of the charity and fundraiser for them.

On August 7th, 2021, two of Arbroath Walking Football’s finest, Wullie Craib and Allan (Hatchet) Harrison decided to help out the charity by taking part in the Horseback UK Tarfside Cycle Challenge.

The challenge is a 65-mile cycle ride from Hercules Den In Arbroath up to Tarfside in Glenesk and back again.

On the day, conditions were warm and windy, the two lads felt they made good time as they headed to Tarfside. However, the journey back to Arbroath was a different story. Facing a strong headwind, the lads found it a challenge and the leg cramps didn’t help them at all. A particular challenging section was the big hill at Farnell, the lads were happy to see the back of that.

Once back at Hercules Den, the struggles of the big hill were soon a distant memory when Beverly Wren served the lads with burgers and beers.

With Sponsorship looking to top around the £400 mark, the lads are very grateful to family and fellow AWF members and are very happy to help out a great charity.

You can find out more about Horseback UK by clicking  HERE

Allan And Willie all smiles

The Tuesday Sessions

Thanks to Arbroath Football Club Community Trust, we now have a Tuesday night session.

Whilst these sessions are still aimed at the over 50s (male and female), they are also open to anyone under 50 who may be recovering from injury, illness, or just looking to regain their fitness. Our Tuesday sessions are a bit more laid back with the emphasis on participant enjoyment.

A few member examples are below.

One of our regulars is Dennis (Dinker) Mostyn. Dennis recently had a quadruple bypass, he is using these sessions to keep himself fit and play the game he loves. Dinker still has a great touch, and when he’s not defending, still scores the occasional belter.

Another regular is Jordan. Jordan is in his 20s and has struggled with dodgy knees, and in turn, his fitness isn’t what it should be. He’s another player with a great touch and an eye for goal. These sessions are Jordan’s way of getting back into football.

Nikita, our Russian internationalist, is there to get his fitness and his touch back.

Come along and give it a go.

Yes! we even have a woman playing

AWF Join Arbroath Player Pathway

Arbroath Walking Football Club join the Arbroath Player Pathway!
Arbroath Walking Football Club plays a key role in providing football to players 50 years old and over. Walking Football is a slowed-down version of the beautiful game, which provides players with a fun and relaxed way to enjoy football. More information on Arbroath Walking Football Club can be found on their website: https://arbroath-walking.football/ or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/arbroathwalkingfitba
The Arbroath Player Pathway is a collaborative partnership between clubs and the Arbroath FC Community Trust designed to help football in Arbroath become more sustainable and to provide opportunities for all players who wish to play the game. Having Arbroath Walking Football Club onboard means that the Arbroath Player Pathway provides football for male and female players in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s who wish to continue playing the game.
Trust Football Development Officer, Kevin Middleton said, “Arbroath Walking Football has been training at Seaton Park for a few months now and I’ve been impressed with the sessions. Training has been available for all players over 50 and each session has been really enjoyable. The love for football from members has been evident as well. The Trust looks forward to working with Arbroath Walking Football Club to grow this level of the Pathway”.
Jim McNairn, Arbroath Walking Football Club, said, “We are delighted to be joining the Arbroath Player Pathway to continue to provide for our current members and to attract new ones. Walking Football promotes cardiovascular fitness, and the positive social and health impact has been proven in many studies.
With the Arbroath FC Community Trusts’ help, we have managed to provide two sessions a week, which are always a laugh, that caters to those players who want to play in a relaxed or competitive manner. We look forward to working with the Trust and other clubs to shape the future of football in Arbroath.”
Arbroath FC Community Trust Chair, Shelley Hague said, “Walking football provides opportunities for all players over 50, regardless of ability. The Trust has a priority around inclusion and this development is a big part of that.”
SFA’s East Region Manager, Kevin Lee said, “Scottish FA have just released our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan ‘Power of Football’ where our vision is to harness the power of football to inspire the nation to transform lives and build a united and successful game. To deliver this vision we need the whole football family to work together to deliver ‘football for all’ and ‘football for life’ within their own communities. A strong and seamless player pathway from children, youth, and into the adult game is vital for attracting a new generation of players into our game and promoting player retention and lifelong participation.
The collaborative work that Arbroath FC Community Trust and Arbroath Walking Football Club are doing to unite football for the good of their community and our national game is just fantastic. These are exciting times for football in Scotland and in Arbroath, we look forward to continuing our partnership with Arbroath FCCT to grow our game.”
For more information contact ArbroathFCCT@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ArbroathFCTrust
Arbroath FC Community Trust is a Scottish-based charity No. SC050531

Kevin Middleton AFCCT. Shelley Hague AFCCT. Mike Burnett AWF. Mike Caird AFC Chairman