The Cumberland Walking Football League began on a cold and blustery morning in Workington on Sunday 27 January 2019.
Cumberland FA recently confirmed the sponsor for the brand new Walking Football League for the next three years, with ‘The Cumberland’ coming on board to support the format of football across the county.
The league structure, which is a first for Cumberland, gives friendly and competitive playing opportunities for players aged 50+ across the County. With league fixtures, festivals and Cup competitions, there is a format to suit everyone! The age groups are 50+ and 60+ giving more players the opportunity to play in an environment that suits their needs!
Becky Towns, The Cumberland’s Community Co-ordinator, commented, “Every year we support a wide variety of activities that provide opportunities for people that will benefit their physical and mental wellbeing. “So we’re really proud to be supporting the Cumberland FA’s Walking Football League over the next three years, and looking forward to going along and getting involved in these sessions to see the positive impact it is having to people from within our local communities.”
The festival format on Sunday welcomed 6 teams, with players traveling from Carlisle, Penrith, Workington and Grange to play a number of friendly fixtures to kick off the Walking Football calendar.
Ray Sempill, Cumberland FA’s Football Development Officer commented “It was great to get the competition programme up and running. Well done to all the teams for braving the gales. Lots of good games played in a great spirit today. I’d like to express our thanks to Lakes College and The Galloping Horse for hosting us."
John Sander, a player from Carlisle United FITC team gave us his thoughts on Walking Football “I like it because it keeps me fit, we play twice a week for 2 hours at Carlisle and the camaraderie amongst the players is great. The social side of it also keeps you in touch with the local game.”
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The FA People's Cup in Carlisle is the next chance for the Over 50’s to play in Cumberland with the chance of progressing to the Regional Finals of the nationwide competition.
The competition hosted by Soccerworld, Carlisle takes place on Saturday 23 February.
The Cumberland Walking Football League kicks off in March, with spaces still available for new and established Walking Football Centres to enter.
For further details or to chat about the options please contact Ray Sempill on 01900 511800 or email Ray.Sempill@CumberlandFA.com
Cumberland FA will also be providing a Walking Football Referees Course in February to support the format of the game. If there are any current Cumberland registered Referees who are interested in getting involved please contact Ray.Sempill@CumberlandFA.com
Interested in getting involved in Walking Football? There are currently Walking Football Centres in Carlisle, Penrith, Workington, Whitehaven and Wigton with a further two in the process of getting started!
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