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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

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