Message From Paul Gardner League Chairman
On the back of Bill’s message that went out I just wanted to say that next year I am positive that we will re-start the league as part of the new normal, and again offer all the players the opportunity to compete and enjoy the great game of walking football. This league means so much to us all who have helped to create, build and improve it over the years.
In a year that many of us want to forget, let me again thank you for your support and wish you and your families a Happy Christmas and New Year full of promise!
Stay safe, Paul.
GMWFL Covid Update 26.11.20
With the governments new tier system in force until AT LEAST 31st March 2021 there will be no full league programme that month, unless the restrictions are lifted. If not, hopefully we can start in April but even that is by no means certain. However, with vaccines available shortly the long term outlook is now more positive.
The problem at the Heywood Sports Village is in the numbers attending each league session, normally with ten teams at each weekly session, with players, referees and spectators this can be up to one hundred people and in the present regulations this isn’t allowed.
It could be that for the Spring 2021 season, we run a local league, in the three age categories 60+, 65+ and 70+, for teams in the Greater Manchester tier, i.e. Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. This would need to be run on a team home and away basis in order to reduce the numbers at each fixture to an acceptable level.
However we will monitor the situation and obviously keep all clubs informed. Thank you for your support and in the absence of our normal presentations in December have a good Christmas and New Year.
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 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.
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. The full history of the league 2016-2020 can be read HERE.
Steve Colesby is now the Treasurer and Fixtures Secretary and Garry Pearce is now the Referees Appointments and Disciplinary Secretary.
We were the first FA affiliated over 60s league in the country and have attracted teams from across the Greater Manchester area, Cheshire, Cumbria, Fylde Coast, Lancashire and Yorkshire.
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.
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 to the motorway network.
If your team would like to join us then please either use the Contact Us page or phone 07443 900290.