Long time since I’ve posted. The co.uk website has been down & unavailable for a while. It’s now been rebranded as wfcharborne.com. I think if you search for the old co.uk site you will get redirected to the new site.
So.... what’s been happening in the intervening period.
For start there’s been all the fun and games between the WFU & the WFA, the latter unilaterally declaring themselves to be the National Governing Body for Walking Football, setting in place an English National WFA team and arranging Internstipndl matches.
For those interested in the political to & fro, and individual characters I leave you to look at the WFU & WFA websites, and the forum on the walkingfootball.com site.
The FA themselves were merely biding their time and have recently introduced their ‘ Stepping Out’ strategy.
Today sees a significant development as the FA release their long awaited version of "The Rules"
It's a little early to comment on them, and I'll probably leave that to the WF commentators out there in Social Media Land. Of course they are primarily designed for the FA's own Peoples Cup Competition.
This is what the FA say....
" The official Laws of the Game for Walking Football have now been launched.The game, a slower paced version of the sport which is accessible to all regardless of age, health and ability, has experienced a strong organic growth in recent years and has acted as the catalyst in attracting many people back into football due to its various health and fitness benefits and a strong sense of fun and enjoyment.
And the new set of laws, set down by a group of individuals connected to the game including participants, organisers, coaches and referees, will be applied for the first time at this weekend’s FA People’s Cup first round, in which over 200 Walking Football teams will participate in one of 16 categories.
The laws have been distributed to host centres and County Football Associations with a view to fully training referees in due course.
They centre around the key principles of no running, low contact and no over head-height kicks. A key aspect is the use of sin bins for two-minute periods when players breach the no running rule. "
Heres the link www.thefa.com/news/2017/feb/22/laws-of-walking-football-launched-220217
Since the start of the New Year we've had 4 sessions of 14, and one of 13. 7 vs 7 makes for a very tight fast game.
As a consequence It's been decided to call a halt to any new members without prior approval. Sorry, but if everyone turned up now, we'd be swamped.
As it is, I'm not going to turn anyone away who's played before. So if we have 15 or more its going to be 3 teams each playing each other in 3 x 20 minute games.
Just a reminder that Monday 19th December will be our final session this year. We will be resuming on Monday 9th January.
For any absentees, Steve & Nigel wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing yo all back again in 2017.
Play in our recent sessions has been very swift, so in an attempt to slow the pace down (without the need for constant referee intervention) we played last night with a regulation size 4 Futsal.
Overall the experiment was well received. The lack of bounce takes a little getting used to, but the ball does tend to stick at your feet. meaning its under better control, and it requires passing with a lot more precision. The downside is that shooting requires a lot more power & effort.
As anticipated, the resultant pace of the game was slowed down, as we all seemed to concentrating a lot harder on controlled play.
The experiment will be continued.
It's a new term for all the parents out there, but we at wfcHarborne carried on through the summer. Pleased to report that with the new season there's been a flurry of enquiries about playing. we had our first lady (except Jenny) last Monday, hope Penny returns with her mates.
Co-incidentally myself & Nigel are on holiday this week 12th, so Adrian is nominally in charge of the kit, so any problems about washing to him. No doubt you'll find a suitable ref.
Been a while since my last posting, so here's a few stats...
This year we have held 29 sessions, with a combined total of 325 attendances (15 max to 7 min) & a profit of over £80 going to AgeUK.
Although I suggested the membership was technically closed, I can't really refuse anyone.
At the last couple of sessions we've had 15 players turn up... great to see the interest in Walking Football is continuing.
So, we tried 7 versus 8 which was very crowded, bit like a pinball; the pace was still hectic, but had little flow to it as there was so little space.
Last week we experimented with 3 sets of 5-a-side in a round robin of 6 matches meaning we all got 40 minutes playing time. Consensus of the Court Oak committee was that this was more preferable. Lot more space for proper football, although the extra competitive element meant that there was substantially more running that with have to be cracked down upon.
For the record, the Blue vests ran out winners
W D L F A
Blue 3 1 0 9 2
Yellow 1 1 2 6 7
White 1 0 3 4 10
With so many regular players now, plus some coming back from injury, the membership is technically closed. I'll create a waiting list if needed, but its important if members anticipate being away for a time they let Steve know
At last nights session, the minute I handed out 4 yellow vests vs 5 white a latecomer arrived. So what was deliberately chosen as the strongest side of 4 plus 1 was allowed to stand to provide the stiffest competition to the others as a measure of their prowess.
The whites were in no way outplayed. A combination of keeping the ball, strong tackling & team spirit made it difficult for the yellows to break through. At the end it was about 8 - 6 to the yellows.
I think this clearly shows the progress people have made over the past few months.
An hours worth of steps is over 5,000 according to the Fitbit, which at 29 inches per step is only 2.25 miles. Heres the printout
Max heart was 128, you can see how the pace increased towards the end in attempt to seal a greater victory. 462 calories it calculates.
The British Heart Foundation recommends a maximum heart rate based on age of : 220 less your age.
See information sheet from BHF.