Coaches Reports 2021 & 2022
Hi Foxes ,
As we come to the end of the first quarter of 2022, our 8th season, I would like to give a belated welcome to all our members, new and old.
During the past 3 months the committee have worked tirelessly to achieve FA Accredited status, the FA quality kite mark for all football clubs. We are very proud to be the first Men's football club in Middlesex and only one of a very few walking football clubs in the country to get the award.
We will be offering FA First Aid courses and FA Playmaker courses in the coming months as part of our members' development plan.
The 2022 membership has reached 70 players and both our Wednesday and Friday sessions have seen excellent attendance with 2 pitches being used..
The Wednesday session is match based and our Friday session continues to be structured around developing players in walking football, through small sided practices and full size games, for more competitive walking football.
The standards of Walking Football at all sessions continues to improve but we all need to focus on no jogging and no contact.
We continue to be a lead club in promoting the 3 touch game which more and more clubs are adopting.
Please remember, especially new members, to fully warm up without the ball before each session to avoid injuries. Our partnership with Uxbridge Physiotherapy at Brunel has proved successful and will continue throughout 2022.
I would encourage all members to attend both weekly sessions when possible.
We continue to offer players monthly competitive walking football in the Middlesex FA League. This has proven to be successful.
Our Middlesex FA League teams continue to be very competitive at both over 50s and 60s. The League titles will go to the very end of the season in April.
We then play in the League Cup and Plate in May and the Middlesex FA County Cup in June. Thank you to the 35 players who have represented the club to date.
We have committed to playing in the Middlesex FA League in 2022/23 season commencing in September 2022.
We are in the process of arranging a club friendly weekend with Clevedon Town away. Details to follow.
Our Community project, Forget Me Not FC, football for Dementia continues to be very successful and is recognised as as leading Dementia Football Project in England. Thank you to all our members for your continued support in fundraising for the project.
Finally please look at our website for continued updates on our FA Accreditation Club Plan, the monthly social diary and details of John Handell's Club Shop. John will be presenting the 2022 Club Polo Shirts and Rain Jackets in April.
Hi Foxes ,
After 18 months of Covid restrictions we are now returning to playing Walking Football with caution.
During the Pandemic we have followed the FA guidelines to playing football and all sessions have been well attended .
The session formats have gone through many stages to get us back to match play conditions. I would like to thank all players for their enthusiasm when taking part in drills and phase of play practises when nothing else was allowed .From a coaching perspective I can see the benefits of those practices in the quality of play in sessions over the past few months.
The Club also continued to engage with the FA and Middx FA throughout lockdown on sharing best practise with clubs nationally, support Walking Football Referee's development and oversee the management of the Middx FA Walking Football league 21/22 season.
Our continued drive to achieve the new FA Accreditation status has seen 8 members pass the FA Playmaker course ensuring we have qualified leaders at all sessions . We also have 10 FA qualified First Aiders ,again ensuring we have first aid cover at all sessions .
A growing number of clubs and competitions are adopting the 3 touch rule which we have used for the past 4 years. Clubs have seen the benefit of the rule with players development in touch ,distribution and movement and also a real reduction in contact all echoed in our weekly sessions.
The one common theme across the country is the constant jogging and running by players . I share the frustration of Club leaders and coaches with the regular speed merchants . Maybe a Club VAR ,video a runner, could be a tool to be used to reduce running ? Although it's the players who need to look at themselves and make the changes in their style of play that will make the real difference.
The other key difference with Walking Football compared to mainstream football is no contact . I have always seen defending to within a metre as an art and both individually and as a team and I see a marked improvement in this are of all members games. It's interesting to see in the Euros and in the Premier league players and teams defending by pressing to within a metre - my case rests !
Walking football has shown great growth this year nationally and we have seen enquiries to join increase. Both Wednesday and Friday sessions has seen new players resulting in our membership reaching 70 players . Any new player enquiries must now be by member request to Mick Harvey or myself .
I look forward to a successful 21/22 season with full sessions , competitive League and friendlies and the our continued status as a Walking football club others follow.