Important – GMWFL Spring Season

Owing to the prolonged Coronavirus lockdown the GMWFL Spring season is now declared void.

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Walking Footballers, Can You Do 10 Year Old Harry’s Daily Challenges? – Click Here

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I Saw This Article Online & It’s An Excellent Summary Of The Present Situation

“A seventy plus strong group meeting for five hours every single week stopped dead in its tracks. Leagues shut down, Venues mothballed. Walking footballers who discovered this new game just a few short years ago will feel the sense of ‘wasted’ or ‘lost’ time keener than most. All footballing is finite but when you’re into your sixth, seventh and eighth decade you know that you’re in extra time already. Clock ticking. Nobody wants to be on hold for very long. Two weeks away on holiday can be keenly felt by some.

The cause? A pernicious killer that’s escaped out of a ‘wet market’ in Wuhan (a city of ten million people I’d never heard of before) to threaten not just our game – trivial in comparison, I guess – but to disrupt (or worse) the lives of those that had been playing it to keep healthy, to stave off the ageing process.

Lockdown means locked out. Of a world you’d come to quite like. A world of familiar faces, of some jovial banter and light hearted associations. Pounds piling on. Sure some try to keep up a modicum of exercise and mobility, but how many get truly breathless like they do when playing a strenuous walking game?

We adapt. Paint the fence, or a door, dig the garden and make our period of ‘house arrest’ as productive as possible but without the structure of an organised walking football week we find the thought ‘what day is it?’ entering our heads more often. Weekends come and go. Not quite as quickly as they once did.

No Saturday and Sunday diversion from the ‘proper’ game to occupy our thoughts. The trainers start to gather dust, the plans you’d made go further and further onto the back burner, no end in sight yet and who knows when? The creative thinkers try to find ways of engaging, now the ball isn’t doing the talking. Old photographs to jog the memory, words from yesterday and many days before when the cares we have today didn’t remotely feature anywhere in our collective consciousness.

You might start to see the efforts of teammates trying to make you laugh with videos and jokes online. Sometimes they succeed, other times Tumbleweed appears in a mental image and blows down a deserted main street in my mind. But thank goodness for ‘online’. Where would we be without it?

We say ‘keep well’ and ‘stay well’ when such sentiments went unspoken in the very recent past. Most are genuinely concerned about their contemporaries, some of whom, maybe most, have underlying conditions which make them more vulnerable to Covid-19. Because that’s what this is all about. We should be nervous, even afraid.

One day we’ll be back in our groups all over these islands, until then we’ll grin and bear the lack of a game. I feel much more sorry for housebound children missing THEIR friends and their education. Parents who will be worrying about wages, mortgages and paying that big bill that’s just arrived. And of course the catastrophic loss of life. Lost to this pernicious killer disease that came out of a bloody ‘wet’ market in a place I’d never heard of.

Let’s count our blessings eh? Walking football won’t be going anywhere apart from coming back. One day. We can wait, a little while at least.”

Many thanks to the writer, Alan Richards of the Denton Walking Football Group for permission to publish it.

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GMWFL & Coronavirus

See statement below (received Monday 16th March 2020 18:33) from Simon Gerrard the Chief Executive Officer of the Lancashire FA:

“Following the Government’s announcement today (16.03.20), for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in Lancashire is postponed for the foreseeable future. Throughout this period, we have taken Government and FA advice with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time. We are in regular communication with the FA/Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review.”

The GMWFL which takes place at the Heywood Sports Village is affiliated to the Lancashire FA and we must follow guidance given by the FA to protect the health and wellbeing of all participants taking part in the league.

It is with regret that for this reason the GMWFL will be postponed until advice is received from the Lancashire FA that it is safe to resume.

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Ian Mackie, of the Lancashire FA recently attended and interviewed players and officials at a Greater Manchester Walking Football League Autumn session.

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The Walking Football Referees Association (WFRA) ran a Referees Workshop for the GMWFL referees on 4th March 2020. It proved to be a great day with professional presentation from Mick Hill and Alan Rose, which our referees found extremely beneficial and can only make our excellent group of officials even better. Thanks to Manchester Corinthians for assisting in the referees assessments.

Manchester Walking Football

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Do You Play Or Are Involved In Trials For The England WF Team?

This article will clarify the current situation – Read HERE.

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WFLA

The Greater Manchester Walking Football League are pleased to announce that they are now members of the Walking Football Leagues Alliance. We felt the timing was right for the birth of this organisation in order to develop, support and unify the many walking football leagues across England. Hopefully it will eventually become accepted and approved by the FA for the benefit of all who play competitive walking football. Click HERE for the WFLA website.

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All Played At The Heywood Sports Village, West Starkey Street, Heywood, OL10 4TW

Calendar 2020

SeptemberEventTime
3rd60s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
10th60s League Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
13thMartin Dawson Trophy13:00-17:00
17th65s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
24th65s League Division 3 & 70s league Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
OctoberEventTime
1st60s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
8th60s League Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
15th65s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
22nd65s League Division 3 & 70s league Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
NovemberEventTime
5th60s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
12th60s League Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
19th65s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
26th65s League Division 3 & 70s league Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
DecemberEventTime
3rd60s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
10th60s League Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
17th65s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
January 2021EventTime
14th65s League Division 3 & 70s league Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00

Manchester Walking Football

Greater Manchester Walking Football League

The Greater Manchester Walking Football League was launched initially in November 2016 to provide regular competitive football for the many over 60’s walking footballers. Players in their 60’s and 70’s are often giving away 10 years or more to younger players in normal over 50’s competitions and this doesn’t create a level playing field.

Generally the younger players are fitter, more energetic, have better balance, are less likely to have replacement hips and knees, don’t suffer as many injuries and recover quicker when they are injured.

With Greater Manchester having the most walking football clubs in any area of the UK, and the sport being the fastest growing activity for the older generation, setting up a league in the area was a natural progression.

Seeing the demand for this category of walking football, I decided to enquire if teams were interested in playing in an over 60’s league format. The response was encouraging and the first to embrace the idea was Paul Gardner of Rochdale Link4Life.

Paul is now the co-administrator of the league and his colleague Barry Woodburn is responsible for team registration on tournament and league fixture dates. Steve Colesby is now the Treasurer and Fixtures Secretary and Garry Pearce is now the Referees Appointments and Disciplinary Secretary.

Andrew Whitaker, the Football Development Officer – Disability and Inclusion, from the Lancashire FA has also been a great help in getting the Greater Manchester Walking Football League affiliated and sanctioned to that organisation. Thanks Andrew.

The league, the first over 60s in the country, has been developed to provide a regular opportunity for teams across Greater Manchester, Lancashire and its bordering counties to compete in sporting competition and enjoy great social inter action.

The Greater Manchester Walking Football League runs in seasons, Spring and Autumn, with each season consisting of 4 monthly fixture dates. All fixture dates take place on the new 3G facility at Heywood Sports Village, West Starkey Street, Heywood, OL10 4TW.

Further innovation came in the form of an over 65’s League, which was introduced in February 2018, where seven teams entered the inaugural division. In the same year two over 70’s Cup Tournaments were introduced, probably the first in the country. We started an over 70’s League in March 2019, with seven teams competing, the first over 70’s league in the country. Next up will be an over 75’s Cup Tournament, as the present teams move up the age category.

A big vote of thanks is given to all the teams who entered the initial league season started in February 2017, AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders, AFC Blackpool Very Senior Seasiders, Bolton Wanderers, Chadderton FC WF, Fleetwood Town Flyers, Maccabi Old Codgers, Nash Amblers, Rochdale Striders, Rochdale AFC Strollers and Vintage Celtic. We hope you are all convinced you made the right decision in being inaugural members of the league, have enjoyed the competition, and of course, will return for future seasons.

The league has a growing reputation as one of the best in the country, with many teams saying it’s the best organised league they have played in, with excellent referees, a great modern venue and it’s close distance from the motorway network.

If your team would like to join us then please either use the Contact Us page or phone 07443 900290. If you have no particular team of your own to play for and would like to be involved, sometimes our current teams are short of players. If you would like to go on the spare players register then please use the contact details above.

 

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