A message from the editor…
Well, time marches on (as we all know too well) and I’m now delighted to share another substantive edition of walkingfootball.online with you. But before I talk about this edition, I’d like to thank the very many of you who read our first offering and, in addition, I’d like to pass on my sincere thanks to those of you who provided your views and comments following publication and, of course, to all of you who passed on your encouragement and very kind comments. Very much appreciated. As you know, walkingfootball.online is written by walking footballers for walking footballers and so your views and news are always very welcome and will continue to be much appreciated. So please keep them coming…
Further evidence that our game continues to grow reached this office recently – with news that Oxford United has now founded a walking football club (see the ‘news’ section here). Good luck guys!
However, I guess this publication’s big news right now is that our guest columnist and ambassador for walkingfootball.online, Sky’s Alan Parry was interviewed, on our behalf, by Ray Stubbs and Mark Webster on TalkSport Radio recently (we’ve included a link in the article in the news section here – so you can catch the interview). Alan has also kindly contributed a further article this time around that looks at one of the more humorous aspects of our version of the beautiful game. And there’s some real gems there, I can tell you!
Whilst it’s very encouraging that it appears, in general terms (in terms of the social game), that our game still seems to be going from strength to strength, we are increasingly hearing about issues where, in particularly, the competitive game is concerned. Over physicality and people of widely different ages contesting the same game can be a recipe for disaster (addressed here in our ‘Views’ section by Sports Therapist and Safety Guru, Mick Quinn). And, in some cases, inconsistent officiating appears to be creating much frustration and, on occasion, less than healthy ‘debate’ it seems (leading walking football Referee, Dave Calvert looks here, again on our ‘Views’ page, at what referees have to consider and how things could be improved for all concerned moving forwards)?
Also, this time around, don’t miss the phenomenon who is our ‘Star of the Walking Game’ in ‘WF People’ and meet our friends from the West Country on our ‘Club Profile’ page. Then there’s news from around the country, a particularly honest interview with a player who has been facing very challenging mental health issues himself and has found that our game has helped him turn his life around and, amongst other stories, we’ve also a round-up of this year’s People’s Cup Competition. I’d also like here to introduce Phil Jelly from our category sponsor HFM Columbus. In our ‘Left field’ section, Phil introduces his business and asks us questions that many of us need to consider at our stage of ‘the game’. I also hope you’ll join us in welcoming Phil to our version of the beautiful game and our grateful thanks go out to Phil and the very experienced and successful team at HFM Columbus for their generous support of our online magazine.
So please keep your views, news and experiences of our game coming, use the forum here, sign up if you haven’t already done so and please continue to introduce your fellow players and contacts to walkingfootball.online . Thanks in advance.
Finally, I hope you enjoy the read here and continue to enjoy your walking football wherever you play. And at whatever level you play, I also hope that we all can maintain the empathy we generally hold for each other off of the playing surface, whilst we’re playing and competing on it and, above all, that we all ensure the our game remains enjoyable and safe for all concerned!
All the best,
Mike – editor at walkingfootball.online .
Ps. Please feel free to use our content to support your own club goals – all we ask for is an acknowledgement.