Football Really Is For Life

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Presentation of the Walking Football Scotland Scottish Cups  l-r Craig Brown, Willie Carroll Raith Rovers, Bill McConnell Kirkcaldy and Gary McLaughlin WFS Chair

Presentation of the Walking Football Scotland Scottish Cups

l-r Craig Brown, Willie Carroll Raith Rovers, Bill McConnell Kirkcaldy and Gary McLaughlin WFS Chair

Scottish Champions Over 50’s Raith Rovers (Blue) and Over 65’s Kirkcaldy (White) with Craig Brown and WFS Chair Gary McLaughlin

Scottish Champions Over 50’s Raith Rovers (Blue) and Over 65’s Kirkcaldy (White) with Craig Brown and WFS Chair Gary McLaughlin

Another fantastic day at the Walking Football Scotland Scottish Cup and Festival, held on Glasgow Green, Saturday June 29. The weather was kind to us and this added to the slick and meticulous planning by our Glasgow Sport hosts.

Our thanks to the Minister of Public Health and Sport, Joe FitzPatrick MSP for his support in kicking off this year’s Festival and Bailie James Scanlan of Glasgow City Council for his warm welcome.

Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport

Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport

Bailie James Scanlan

Bailie James Scanlan

The event - which we believe to be the biggest of its kind in the walking football world – was enjoyed by over 700 players competing in the Cups and the Friendly Festival. It was great to have Andy Gould, Head of Football Development at the Scottish FA along with us on the day and it was extra special to have Scottish Football Legend and our Patron Craig Brown enjoying the occasion and presenting the trophies. A very special mention goes to Glasgow Sport and Matt Ramsay in particular for hosting such a celebration of walking football.

Walking Football Scotland Chairman Gary McLaughlin said: “We are absolutely delighted with the Event today. The players turned out in the hundreds to support us. They travelled from the far North of Scotland down to the Borders. Glasgow Green was jumping today. Everything was so good, weather was fantastic, the competition although keen was played in an exceptionally sporting manner and I am so proud to see Walking Football developing and engaging so many as WFS strive, to play our part in making and keeping Scotland an Active Nation through Sport.”

A total of 32 teams took part in the Scottish Cup for the Over 50’s with Raith Rovers being crowned Scottish Champions, defeating Heart of Midlothian in a penalty shoot out in the final. The Inaugural Over 65’s Scottish Cup had 8 teams competing for the trophy and worthy winners Kirkcaldy defeated East Kilbride Gerihatricks in a similar nail biting penalty shoot out. The non-competitive Friendly Festival had 32 entrants signed up to play walking football at its purest.

We were delighted St John Scotland could join us and they put on CPR and Defibrillator displays throughout the day. These proved to be popular with our participants and Prostate Cancer UK were always visible in their gazebo where everyone was made welcome and made more informed about the disease.

Liz Crawford Projects Officer with St John Scotland teaching Minister Joe FitzPatrick and WFS Trustees Gary McLaughlin and Vivian Wallace some CPR.

Liz Crawford Projects Officer with St John Scotland teaching Minister Joe FitzPatrick and WFS Trustees Gary McLaughlin and Vivian Wallace some CPR.

Other partners were there to enjoy and add their support to the event, Cardiac Science and great to see Prostate Cancer UK, SAMH, Active Scotland, The Salvation Army and the Scottish FA all field teams in the Festival. 

The Prostate Cancer UK team met up with Minister Joe FitzPatrick at the Festival on Saturday.

The Prostate Cancer UK team met up with Minister Joe FitzPatrick at the Festival on Saturday.

Planning will start soon on next year’s Walking Football Scotland Scottish Cup and Festival. Keep a look out; please as we will be contacting teams looking for your feedback on the day. We need your opinions and views if we hope to improve going forward.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

Photographs courtesy of Glasgow City and Helen Hyland

Click on the image below to see more photographs from the day.

Keeping true to the spirit of walking football, Walking Football Scotland have always awarded a Fair Play Award to a team in the Festival and this years worthy winners were Midlothian Ladies.

This year the Board of Trustees decided to put up a Fair Play award for the competitive competition in memory of Peter Collins.

Peter was a man who was passionate about his walking football and was a great ambassador for the sport. He was always helpful, cheerful and nothing was a trouble for him. He was at the forefront of walking football when it was first played in Scotland and became recognisable as the smiling face of walking football. When asked as he often was, about getting back to playing football, he would say to everyone that it is “Wonderful” and go on to tell you it was mainly because of the fitness, the social side and the football banter. He would usually smile and remind you that he still enjoyed saving some cracking shots aimed at his goal. It is our small tribute to a gentleman a friend and colleague.

The Peter Collins Award for Fair Play will be an annual event and the first winners are Linlithgow Rose walking football Club.

Linlithgow Rose Winners of the Peter Collins Award for Fair play in the competitive Scottish Cup.  David Callaghan receives the trophy from Craig Brown and WFS Trustee Vivian Wallace

Linlithgow Rose Winners of the Peter Collins Award for Fair play in the competitive Scottish Cup.

David Callaghan receives the trophy from Craig Brown and WFS Trustee Vivian Wallace

Midlothian Ladies winners of the Fair Play Award in the Festival with Craig Brown and WFS Trustee Vivian Wallace

Midlothian Ladies winners of the Fair Play Award in the Festival with Craig Brown and WFS Trustee Vivian Wallace



World's Biggest Walking Football Event

l-r Paul McNeil, Scottish FA, Craig Brown, Gary McLaughlin, Rose Reilly and Matt Ramsay.

l-r Paul McNeil, Scottish FA, Craig Brown, Gary McLaughlin, Rose Reilly and Matt Ramsay.

Walking Football Scotland Scottish Cup and Festival

The draw for both the Over 50's & Over 65's Walking Football Scotland Scottish Cup  and the Friendly Festival was made today, Tuesday June 4 by patrons Craig Brown and Rose Reilly at the Scottish Football Museum in Hampden Park.

We are grateful to Colin Lobban and Stuart Spencer from the Scottish Football Museum for their help and hospitality and to Paul McNeil of the Scottish FA for making the draw run so smoothly.

Walking Football Scotland are looking forward to welcoming the 73 teams from across the country, who will take part on Saturday 29th June, making this the biggest Walking Football event in the world.

Gary McLaughlin WFS Chair said: “This has been a huge undertaking and we are delighted to be returning to Glasgow Green for this year’s event. This will be the largest gathering of walking footballers in the world and it would not have been possible without the help and expertise from Glasgow Sport and Matt Ramsay in particular. We hope to see walking football played at its best whether in either of the Scottish Cups (Over 50’s and Over 65’s) and the non competitive Festival.”

Walking Football Scotland Patrons Craig Brown and Rose Reilly join WFS Chair Gary McLaughlin (centre) for the draw in the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

Walking Football Scotland Patrons Craig Brown and Rose Reilly join WFS Chair Gary McLaughlin (centre) for the draw in the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

WFS Patrons Rose Reilly and Craig Brown with the WFS Scottish Cups.

WFS Patrons Rose Reilly and Craig Brown with the WFS Scottish Cups.

Due to the demand and popularity of walking football, WFS are pleased to include a new age category for this year’s event, creating an Over 65’s Cup to be played for alongside the established Over 50’s Scottish Cup with Gretna FC 2008 looking forward to defending last year’s win.

l-r Gary McLaughlin and Rose Reilly beside the Over 50’s Scottish Cup, Craig Brown and Matt Ramsay closest to the new Over 65’s Scottish Cup

l-r Gary McLaughlin and Rose Reilly beside the Over 50’s Scottish Cup, Craig Brown and Matt Ramsay closest to the new Over 65’s Scottish Cup

Walking football is growing fast across the country and participants are enjoying the mental health and physical health benefits the game brings with it.

Even if you are not playing, please come along and enjoy the spectacle and the day.

The full draw is presented below

Walking Football Scotland Over 50’s Draw

Walking Football Scotland Over 50’s Draw

Walking Football Scotland Over 65’s Draw

Walking Football Scotland Over 65’s Draw

Walking Football Scotland Festival Draw

Walking Football Scotland Festival Draw

WFS East Region Launch League in Dundee

The teams line up with Dundee United Community Trust’s Mel Gormley before the start.

The teams line up with Dundee United Community Trust’s Mel Gormley before the start.

A fantastic day was had by all at the Dundee United GA Arena on Sunday 28th April, for the Inaugural East Region walking football league.
Eight teams enjoyed a fabulous afternoon of walking football played in the right spirit, on a wonderful day and was superbly hosted by Dundee United Community Trust.
Many thanks to all the participants and special thanks to Craig Feret, Scottish FA, Michael Malone and Mel Gormley of the Dundee United Community Trust for working in partnership with us and to our own Bill McConnell and Gordon Farquharson for making this a first for the East Region.

At the end of a most enjoyable day which was played throughout in the correct spirit of the game.

A long way to go in the league, but Carnoustie finds themselves early leaders on goal difference, from a fine Kirkcaldy Team.

Congratulations to all the participants and our thanks to the referees.

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Note regarding points system: 3 Points for a win, 2 Points for a draw and 1 point for participation.

To see more photographs click on the images below

WFS Chair Gary McLaughlin with Bill McConnell, Craig Feret and Gordon Farquharson

WFS Chair Gary McLaughlin with Bill McConnell, Craig Feret and Gordon Farquharson

Jambo Joy in Glasgow

Ian Durrant making the presentation to Glasgow Cup winners Heart of Midlothian and runners up Linlithgow Rose.

Ian Durrant making the presentation to Glasgow Cup winners Heart of Midlothian and runners up Linlithgow Rose.

A massive congratulations to Hearts who became the first winners of the Over 50’s Glasgow Cup for Walking Football.

The event organised by Glasgow Sport was made a bit more special for everyone, when Ian Durrant (Former Rangers, Kilmarnock & Scotland) presented the cup to the Hearts team at the Toryglen Regional Football Centre on Wednesday 1st May.

A tight 1-1 final against Linlithgow Rose Maroon saw the match decided with a nervy penalty shootout and Hearts victorious.

20 teams from Stewarton to Gala Fairydean Rovers, Dundee East to Glasgow Sport, North Lanarkshire Auld Gits to Gerihatricks to name just a few, arrived bright-eyed bushy tailed to take part in the first ever Over 50’s Glasgow Cup.  It was pleasing to welcome Scone Thistle and Linlithgow Rose to their first ever competition, with the latter becoming the surprise package of the day winning all their games but missing out on penalties in the Final after a 1-1 draw.

Great sportsmanship throughout the day played in the right spirit saw Alloa, KCST Northwest, Linlithgow Rose Maroon, Motherwell Community Trust, Ayr United, Arbroath, Hearts and Kirkcaldy all progress to the quarter finals after battling their ways through their group matches.

Tight quarter finals saw Alloa, Linlithgow Rose Maroon, Ayr United and Hearts victorious to set-up mouth-watering semi-finals which again brought tense matches with Hearts winning again from penalty kicks to set-up their final with Linlithgow Rose Maroon before lifting the trophy.

A terrific day of walking football in Glasgow and special thanks to organiser and WFS trustee, Matt Ramsay of Glasgow Sport and to Nicola Davidson and John Houston from Prostate Cancer UK for coming along to speak to our participants.

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Click on the images below to scroll through some action shots from the day.

It was great to see our Charity partner Prostate Cancer UK at Toryglen and as always appreciate their help, engagement and support.

Nicola Davidson and John Houston from Prostate Cancer UK with some of the competitors.

Nicola Davidson and John Houston from Prostate Cancer UK with some of the competitors.

l-r Nicola Davidson, Gary McLaughlin and Matt Ramsay

l-r Nicola Davidson, Gary McLaughlin and Matt Ramsay