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Mick Quinn: The way forward – if walking football is to be a sport for everybody to play together…

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  1. Russ Shaw

    I run 3 sessions on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council and Flitwick Eagles F.C. I have found that Jogging/running is the most difficult thing to control, particularly off the ball. Our view is 1 foot on the ground is a walk. We also play 3 touch, which, in my opinion makes the game more enjoyable and safer for participants. It encourages quick thinking and good movement. The main injuries we have suffered over the last 4 years have been Goalkeeper related when saving hard shots.
    We also use a futsal ball to help slow things and keep the ball down.
    I also try and make it minimal contact but agree with Michael that comings together are inevitable in Football. However our regular groups adapt their style of play according to the opponent they are up against (Our age range is 48 through to 84!).
    The social element is also important and we regularly go for coffee post match and hold regular socials.

  2. Gary Robinson

    We employed a qualified referee to run our matches….no contact no running…3 offences and we are sent off for 5 minutes…

  3. Paul Pike

    The rules under which we play are sound and work well. I suggest that the fact that we have used them in numerous tournaments in England and abroad, and that we have > 100 club members attest to this. Old farts like me (once a devil may care wippersnapper) do have to now consider safety. It is concerning that some rules seem to ignore expert medical evidence. Keep safe and, ergo, keep playing….Bubble wrap ?⚽️?

  4. Mick Geraghty

    The Cove model and Mick Quinns philosophy reflects our approach to the game at Uxbridge Amblers walking Fc. As a founder member of the club I have used my experience as a Uefa B licensed coach to develop a structured session that is safe, technically challenging for all levels of players and definitely fun.
    Warm ups with and without the ball , 3v3 games in small areas which build into a max of 7v7 on appropriate size pitch is a successful formular that develops a game where the ball dictates the pace of the game and the movement off the ball of players encourage spacial awareness and most definitely minimal contact.
    I also add a 2 touch condition to sessions which when persevered with all players imprive their touch and automatically play 2/3 touch in open games.
    Contact is the challenge for us all and constant reminders , demonstrations of what is acceptable or not and strict policing at club sessions is where success or failure for the game in general will be achieved.
    We all know that competitions brings the beast out in all of us but the challenge of developing strong referees goes hand in hand with club leaders and coaches challenges.
    Finally , we play to the FA rules , whatever rules you play, whoever you are aligned to we all shouldn’t under estimate the fantastic achievements all clubs have made in a short period of time and we should applaud success and give positive criticism at the appropriate times.
    Regards Mick Geraghty , Uxbridge Amblers fc

  5. Phil Andrews

    I run the largest group in Northamptonshire with 3 sessions per week and 60 players but we’re about to make a real growth as we move to a million pound all-weather facility that’s the only one out of 18 in town that is NOT attached to a school. This’ll increase our membership.
    As with most groups it’s the rules on running and minimal contact which really hamper our sessions. I play and referee games and my players admit I seem to strike the right balance. New players are vetted and accessed for their suitability to fit in with the club ethos and this works well.
    I’ve 40 years of running teams (half in the Army) where although tough and competitive no one would be reckless or deliberately injure anyone else otherwise you’d be on guard duty!!

    I would like to receive a copy of the Mick Quinn rules as frankly the FA ones seem to be a tweak on the vets rules and most of my guys are returning after 30-40 years away from the sport.

    We absolutely love it and want to expand the sessions and social side but we really need to have a good set of rules.
    Can anyone help us?


    Phil Andrews BEM

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