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  1. ask john croot

    Have to say it would be a sad reflection on how the game has developed if it got to that point - even if people gathered better players together to go 'pot hunting'. Thankfully the vast majority enjoy a day/night out kicking a ball in a recreational session. Sincerely hope the tail never wags the dog!
  2. Just a couple of thoughts to add. We use independent facilities so don't have anyone else on site. Have tried to equip ourselves with as much info as possible to hand - details of relevant postcodes for place identifications and available de fib machines nearby (as said before good number of us have done FA Emergency Aid course). We do keep a separate Medical Form with us so if anything did happen we could give that to the Emergency Services for reference. It does look best policy is to have everyone fill one in even if they claim they are fit and healthy (we've had people say along the lines - I'm diabetic and take blood pressure tablets ............ you don't need a form for that do you?) and do that every six months - to keep up to date
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    Gentle afternoon WF sessions on grass - only astros or trainers please £3 per session (no session on Thursday 1st June) Please email [email protected] for more info
  4. May be difficult to use in Competitive WF but works really well for our recreational sessions - so to answer Wiltshire 1 - Lots of WF is different - no over head height, cages, futsal balls - this is just something else 2 - Could I suggest Barcelona? 3 - Think it actually stops people running so much - can understand closing down - but does over time improve touch and vision 4 - Think it helps people - doesn't over complicate 5 - Not our experience - does stop bigger quicker players dominating 6 - Don't think it does - people can still show there skills 7 - Doesn't work like that - invariably the player knows he has taken too many touches ...... if he doesn't the others will very quickly point it out We have been using it for a year (cribbed from Grimsby) gone down well with many positive comments - only one voice of dissension out of best part of 100 blokes. Sure the skill levels have improved has had the general standard of play ............... perhaps our pass and move play will pay dividends in Birmingham tomorrow
  5. GA - would share those priorities in Bedford. Would also like to see a level of consistency in how we all achieve those priorities. The FA have their Charter Standard - can/should there be a similar idea for WF giving a standard for how things are delivered/run behind the scenes too?
  6. Hope he continues to improve GA. 6 of us done FA Emergency Aid - few of the others have done first aid for work - also have a GP who comes regularly to one of our sessions. Don't have defib on site but locally know where they are - also have medical forms for the guys ........ just doing a bit of a review on those. As Wilts says - highlights the importance!!
  7. Feel a bit like a stuck record. Can only speak well of the interest and support of our Beds FA Recreational Officer(s) and their interest and support of our WF sessions. They too are looking at a County WF meeting. I'm sure the FA have a handle on WF although it won't be their top priority. As GA said they did a lot of work last year with the survey (they actually sent a Researcher to one of our sessions to interview us and the guys) - just think we need to keep offering our opinions too.
  8. He doesn't reflect our views or opinions either GA
  9. Hi Scottie ......... yes that's the one I'd seen - hence the post. Can't say the event has covered itself in glory - but his analysis of the finalists is certainly an insult to our guys and would guess most, if not all the others!
  10. Wasn't going to post until picked up another tirade on WFU about Peoples Cup which doesn't match our experience. We played in the Semis at Peterborough - was competitive - some running - Ref did a good job with any physical contact to the point of yellow cards and 2 Red Cards (think the 2 guys wrestling were ultimately more embarrassed with what they'd done at their age than anything else). I can understand the frustration with the Peoples Cup, as many of the issues being raised, Referees, format, who qualifies, all occurred in last years competition so for lessons not to have been learnt is far from acceptable and everyone needs to feed that back as forcibly as possible. To make perfectly clear ............ we won't be going to play in the finals because we were too fast too strong nor fleet of foot and too powerful (and we won't be the only ones!) ............ but because a good bunch of lads played some decent walking football, scored a few goals and had an enjoyable afternoon out (and a pint afterwards) which reflects the sessions we've been running since October 2012 - exactly as it should be! I would add a footnote. The Peoples FA Cup is the only competition we enter. Unfortunately you can't find the number of teams entered into the Peoples FA Cup - but looking at the WFU/WFA - it appears that less than 10% of clubs listed have entered their National Competition (lots of one club across 2 ages). It seems that from a number of posts on these forums and the information that the FA received from their research last year, the vast proportion of people playing WF enjoy recreational sessions - exactly the same as we have for the last 5 seasons. So is it not time for other people to meet with the FA to discuss Recreational WF rather than competitve WF?!
  11. Interesting stuff - wondered how many of you are attached to Clubs or facilities that help with your set up and promotion - we are completely independent - setting it up ourselves back in 2012. Does also seem to confirm that in the main people prefer the 'recreational' rather than the 'competitive' version of WF?
  12. Very similar Mick - 3G - 3 touch - 3 matches of 20 minutes - 3 teams stay on their 'home' pitch the other 3 rotate so the 3 games are against different teams - we just divide bibs up by relevant numbers each week and they take lucky dip - occasionally one team may be weaker than the others - generally it balances out (I always apologies to whichever set of guys get lumbered with me!). As the teams change weekly - results at the end of the night become irrelevant for the next week. We've played 3 touch since last September - has improved skills and helped cut down on running. Sure the purists would frown on us but .......... we don't limit ages - means we have a fair number of Fathers and Sons come along - have even had 3 generations of one family and have a Grandad & Grandson at present .............works for us!
  13. Have noted a number of relevant comments on the posts. They may not be perfect but would certainly give the FA Rules some time (certainly the present WFU rules aren't the first draft and its only this season it's gone non contact). I've sat through many a local Youth/Local Leagues AGMs where we have spent hours on rule amendments. The difference in facility being used also seems to make a notable difference to the style of play - can only see making all the pitches uniform would be one heck of a hurdle to jump. Some people playing may have been ultra competitive and competitive WF gives them an outlet. As has already been pointed out - WF isn't just Football without the running - and football itself has changed over the last 30/40 years (google bad tackles from the Leeds v Chelsea 1970 Cup Final!). Can only agree with the guys who have developed relationships with their County FAs - I find our Recreational Officer top drawer - will certainly be talking to him about referees. Suppose one question I would ask you all - is do you experience this in your own sessions or only when you play in competitions?
  14. Must be missing something here? Looks like reports on BBC and comments on this thread from people who took part all had a similar experience to ours - good day out, played in a good spirit with a bit of banter, refs did a decent job, what's not to like ................ and no gum shields or vipers as far as we can tell!
  15. First time ever to post anything to a WF Forum - personal thoughts based on our experience since setting up our Bedford sessions back in October 2012. We are fortunate to have very healthy numbers to our sessions - we don't limit ages - the only Tournaments we have entered is the Peoples FA Cup. Can't profess that our sessions are perfect - yes sometimes people run and yes sometimes people will be over physical - to us that is outweighed by the atmosphere and pleasure that is created. Without doubt the Football Association have been behind the curve where WF is concerned. Would say that our County FA Recreational Officer is very helpful and supportive and is in regular contact (believe that goes for all the WF sessions across our County). In my opinion WF should be in the control of the Football Association, I think there are far deeper things to consider than just the playing rules, important as they are they can't be the be all and end all (if you gave a ball and a pitch to 12 blokes they would play a match and sort it as they go along ..... they wouldn't spend hours discussing the rules). I do understand where there are Competitions there should be some sort of common ground - even that is difficult with the variety of venues used. I believe it is far more important to get some consistency in what we can provide and support .................. should we be affiliated, have public liability insurance, people with First Aid qualifications, Safeguarding qualifications even a specific WF Coaching qualification - the only body that can provide that is the Football Association. Have seen posts over the years where so many miss the point ............... the greatest thing about WF is blokes enjoying kicking a ball again.