A festive message from the editor…
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Walking Football Year…
So here we are again. Another year reaching its end and I hope, when you look back on 2017, that walking football has been an aspect of the last year of your respective lives that you’ve enjoyed to the full and, after the break (if indeed you are taking one), I hope you will be refreshed and be as keen as ever to get back to your local sessions in January.
I think, overall, 2017 has been a good, progressive year for our game but not without its issues and unsavory (and even tragic) episodes (particularly on the competitive scene, it seems). We’ve discussed this before – and no doubt will again in the new year – But don’t want to and won’t dwell on these issues here, in our festive edition.
However, and on a very sad note, we were very sorry to hear about the tragic, very premature death of Gordon Powell (just 60) at a walking football event in Portugal recently and the equally tragic death of Ken Ludlam from East Kent (only in his early fifties) who Succumbed to a heart attack whilst playing in a friendly game recently. Our condolences go out to their respective families, their team mates and friends.
Coming back to the year ahead, we are delighted to hear about the FA’s strategy initiative that has begun (see the news page here) and if, in time, this leads to significant and meaningful support moving forwards for our version of the game, then this magazine is definitely on-side. Rightly or wrongly the FA seems to get a hammering whatever the circumstances (particularly by self-appointed entities, it seems) but we say let’s support this initiative, give them a chance and let’s see where this goes.
Watch this space…
So with the festive season inescapable now and Christmas Day itself a matter of days away, we are pleased to have a festive theme underlying a number of contributions in this edition. Certainly columnist Les Hunt has found the Christmas spirit (see WF People), referee Dave Calvert looks at what walking football officials want Santa to bring (see our Views page) and Alan Parry confirms his new year’s resolutions – that he’ll definitely keep this time around? 😉 In addition, and whilst you’re here, take a look at what keeps ex-pro Ryan Giggs fit and flexible (in ‘Left-field’) and don’t miss the WFC who appeared in the original Barclays Bank TV commercial – that lifted our game in the nation’s consciousness back in 2014 (see our ‘club profile’ page).
So sitting here with Christmas themes lulling away in the background (you really, really can’t escape it at this point), it only leaves me to thank you all again for your ongoing support here and again to ask you to please, please continue to tell everybody about us and pass on the link far and wide. Finally this time around, I hope you enjoy the read here, that you and yours have a relaxed and enjoyable Christmas and that you continue to enjoy your walking football in the new year. And if you can’t be good this festive season – be careful, eh? 😉
All the best for 2018!
Mike – editor at walkingfootball.online
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