Hearts 98 pull slightly ahead today in the League with one session left to be played on the 5th December. It is all still to be played for with the top three so close together.
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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
A series of photographs from the successful over 65’s event.
All images are copyright of Walking Football Scotland