With the National Cup and Festival only a week or two away, WFS takes a wee look back on the history of this event.
On 7th June 2015, Age Scotland invited players of the relatively fledging sport to attend the first ever national event for walking football in Scotland at the Spartans Community Football Academy in Edinburgh. Fifteen groups from across Scotland and a team from the north of England entered and following some very hard fought games, with goals at a premium due to the tiny goals, a very "youthful" Hibernian Community Foundation team came out on top defeating Glasgow in the final.
The following year Paths for All promoted the event, again at Spartans, where a strong Montrose side lifted the award, pipping Midlothian in the final.
In 2017, Glasgow Sport hosted the tournament with a record 32 teams battling it out at Glasgow Green before Midlothian made up for the previous years disappointment by beating Gretna in the final.
This year the tournament has expanded to also include a non-competitive festival event and has attracted the maximum 32 teams to the Cup competition with another 28 groups confirmed in the festival.
This year's event could attract an incredible 600 partipants making it possibly the biggest walking football one day event ever held in the UK.
We welcome several guest teams in the Festival including groups from Active Scotland, Age Scotland, Scottish Government, Show Racism the Red Card, SAMH, Radio Clyde, Salvation Army and BBC Radio Sportsound who may have a few celebrity players in their squads.
Glasgow Sport, in association with Walking Football Scotland and supported by The Scottish Football Partnership and Paths for All, are again organising the tournament which takes place on Saturday 23rd June 2018 at Glasgow Green from 12.00 to 4.00pm.
Walking Football Scotland's charity partner Prostate Cancer UK will also be in attendance raising awareness and any donations to this most worthwhile cause would be most welcome.
Spectators and anyone interested in finding out a bit more about walking football are most welcome to attend.
(Image above shows the teams prior to the 2016 tournament at Spartans Academy)