Ravenscraig League Fixtures for the 21st November

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Two points separate first and fourth place in the league with only two more set of fixtures left to play. It has never been tighter at the top of the walking football league, with both Hearts teams sitting joint first and second on the same amount of points and Gala Fairydean Rovers in third. The top three teams are being chased by a Glasgow Sport West in superb form after winning all their games at the last session in October.

Good luck to everyone taking part next week.

Football Memories Scotland National Convention

 l-r Robert Craig, Chair of Football Memories Scotland and Scottish Football Museum, Matt Ramsay WFS, Gary McLaughlin WFS and Richard McBrearty, Football Memories Project Director.

l-r Robert Craig, Chair of Football Memories Scotland and Scottish Football Museum, Matt Ramsay WFS, Gary McLaughlin WFS and Richard McBrearty, Football Memories Project Director.

Walking Football Scotland was represented at the Football Memories Scotland - 1st National Convention at Hampden Park last week by Chairman Gary McLaughlin and Trustee Matt Ramsay.

Robert Craig welcomed everyone and Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport addressed a packed room at Hampden Park, before splitting up into workshop groups.

Robert Craig, chair of Football Memories Scotland and Sports Heritage Scotland, said: “The convention is a celebration of where we’ve got to, and also a learning event,”

The workshops were designed to help with understanding and learning and proved to be a huge success and provided a wonderful opportunity to network and exchange ideas.

Workshops

1    “Functional Activities for All” - Care Inspectorate -

2    “Active Memories” - Hampden Sports Clinic -

3    “Walking Football” - Walking Football Scotland -

4     “Deaf and Dementia Awareness” - BDA Scotland -

5     “Football and Dementia” - Alzheimer Scotland –

6     “Football and Social History” - Football Memories Scotland –

 Walking Football Scotland presentation

Walking Football Scotland presentation

Walking Football Scotland Chairman Gary McLaughlin said: “The day was a great success and we were delighted to be a part of it. It was especially pleasing to be asked to speak on Walking Football Scotland and the physical and mental health benefits enjoyed by walking football participants.”

“Football memories has a special place within the walking football community and the work carried out by Richard McBrearty and everyone involved with this project is simply awesome”

Walking Football Scotland Trustee Matt Ramsay said : “This was a terrific event for networking, as well as the opportunity to present the developments and benefits of walking football to an already interested audience.”

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First Ever Walking Football Competition for Over 65's

 Some of the walking football participants at Toryglen Regional Sports Centre

Some of the walking football participants at Toryglen Regional Sports Centre

Congratulations to Glasgow Sport for hosting the first ever walking football tournament for over 65’s at Toryglen Regional Football Centre on Wednesday 7th November.

The successful event saw 16 teams from across the country compete for the inaugural Glasgow Cup. Walking Football Scotland were delighted that 150 participants representing clubs from the Borders as far as Dundee supported this great initiative. It was so well received that WFS will look to roll out more events for our older aged participants.

The eventual winners were Ayr United, who triumphed after winning 2-0 against Gerihatricks in the final. Both semi finals were closely fought with Ayr United defeating Heart of Midlothian on penalties and Gerihatricks beating hosts Glasgow Sport 1-0.

Glasgow Sport’s, Sport Participation Officer Matt Ramsay said: “This has been an event which has brought much reward seeing so many happy faces and starts the introduction of a new Over 65 competition - one which we hope to see now annually. 

Working closely with WFS I am delighted that we in Glasgow could host the first proper competitive Over 65s event. The future is certainly bright and there’s no reason why this can’t be the start of things to come”

Gary McLaughlin chair of Walking Football Scotland said: “This has been a tremendous success today, it is especially pleasing to see 150 players over 65 having a wonderful time playing walking football. Competition brings its challenges, and even at 65 there is still a huge will to win. It is credit to the teams who took part that we can still enjoy playing football and Matt and his team were so organised that everything ran so well.”

Walking Football Scotland was delighted to support our charity partners Prostate Cancer UK who took the opportunity to speak to all players as well as receive donations totalling £241.87.

Nicola Davidson, Fundraising Coordinator Scotland said: “It was a brilliant day and we are looking forward to attending future games across Scotland. Our Volunteers loved the experience and our staff team are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer UK.”

Walking Football Scotland would like to thank Matt and his staff for what was a terrific day and we all look forward to being back at next year’s Glasgow Over 65’s Cup.

 

 The winning Ayr United team at their presentation.

The winning Ayr United team at their presentation.

A series of photographs from the successful over 65’s event.

All images are copyright of Walking Football Scotland 


Walking Football Partnership with Drinkaware

Helping walking football participants across Scotland make better choices about their drinking.

 l-r Andy Gould, Scottish FA Head of Football Development, Gary McLaughlin, Chairman of Walking Football Scotland, Ian Maxwell, Chief Executive of the Scottish FA, Elaine Hindal, Drinkaware Chief Executive and Craig Brown CBE.

l-r Andy Gould, Scottish FA Head of Football Development, Gary McLaughlin, Chairman of Walking Football Scotland, Ian Maxwell, Chief Executive of the Scottish FA, Elaine Hindal, Drinkaware Chief Executive and Craig Brown CBE.

The Scottish FA welcomed national alcohol education charity Drinkaware as a new research partner of walking football and Walking Football Scotland are delighted to play their part in the partnership.

Working together, Drinkaware will gather vital information from walking football participants on their health and alcohol consumption, allowing them to monitor participants’ drinking habits and subsequently try to improve them.

Drinkaware will also distribute information on drinking and its effects on health to our participants in order to educate them on the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption and the benefits of regular exercise.

The partnership was launched at Lesser Hampden on 23 October, with a team of Drinkaware ambassadors, watching a walking football match, organised by WFS Trustee Matt Ramsay and meeting former Scotland National Team manager Craig Brown CBE and others passionate about walking football.

 Great to see the players enjoying walking football at Lesser Hampden.

Great to see the players enjoying walking football at Lesser Hampden.

Gary McLaughlin, Chairman of Walking Football Scotland said: “This partnership encourages us to talk about alcohol and drinking habits. Drinkaware provides easy access to tools and information to help work out the amounts we are drinking and to educate ourselves and be more aware of the risks of misuse.

“Walking Football Scotland are delighted to be working with both these organisations to deliver better informed choices about drinking”

Elaine Hindal, Drinkaware Chief Executive, said: “Drinkaware is delighted to be the headline partner of walking football in Scotland.

“Walking football is an increasingly popular and fun way for older people to improve their health and wellbeing and we are committed to finding new and innovative ways of reducing the harms caused by alcohol.

“Working in partnership with Walking Football Scotland and the Scottish Football Association is a fantastic new opportunity, which allows us to work directly with communities across Scotland to help people make better choices about their drinking.”

Ian Maxwell, Chief Executive of the Scottish FA, said: “Walking football is a fast-growing initiative with clear health benefits, which dovetails with Drinkaware’s mission of promoting healthier lifestyles through a reduction in alcohol consumption.

“The health benefits of both responsible, informed drinking and increasing participation in sport are obvious. We are extremely pleased to welcome Drinkaware on board to both help to grow this wonderful sport and improve knowledge and awareness of responsible drinking.”

Craig Brown, who is also a patron of Walking Football Scotland, said: “Walking football is a fantastic way for people of my generation, who are perhaps no longer able to play at a quick pace, to participate in this wonderful sport and remain active.

“Drinkaware’s mission of promoting healthier lifestyles ties in perfectly with the ethos of walking football, which is to provide a platform for as many people as possible to remain fit and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.”

Supported by the Scottish FA and Walking Football Scotland, the sport aims to improve, maintain and promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of older adults through a slower-paced version of the beautiful game.

 FOOTBALL FOR LIFE  l-r Gary McLaughlin, Elaine Hindal and Andy Gould at the launch

FOOTBALL FOR LIFE

l-r Gary McLaughlin, Elaine Hindal and Andy Gould at the launch

 Drinkaware Ambassadors joined Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Exec., Craig Brown and others pitch side at Hampden park.

Drinkaware Ambassadors joined Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Exec., Craig Brown and others pitch side at Hampden park.

For further information on Drinkaware, please go to link below;

https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/