WFLA Steering Committee
The WFLA have now formed an initial steering committee from its members to take the WFLA forward. We will be looking into a number of new projects when grassroots walking football returns after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Walking Football Leagues Alliance
The Walking Football Leagues Alliance is a free to join, independent support network whose aims are to help establish, promote and support walking football leagues and encourage the growth of grassroots competitive walking football. The alliance encourages leagues to keep their independence but also offers participating leagues the following collective benefits:
- Planning and scheduling of a walking football calendar.
- Enhanced marketing/publicity/promotion of activities via the Alliance website and the use of social media.
- Access to accredited referees approved by the WFLA.
Free membership is open to the organisers of any local or National FA affiliated walking football league.
To oversee the work of the Walking Football Leagues Alliance would be an advisory body, involving representatives from member leagues and this would then evolve over time as the organisation develops.
If you are a tournament organiser but your organisation doesn’t qualify for membership then please do Contact Us as we will consider publicising your tournament in the events section on our website as our aim is to promote the sport at a grassroots competitive level.
Any Leagues Wishing To Join The Growing WFLA – Please Apply Via The Contact Us page
The Dorset Walking Football League is a relatively small but developing league comprising teams from Bournemouth, Hamworthy, Poole, Weymouth, Swanage and Dorchester. By joining the Walking Football Leagues Alliance, we would like the opportunity to further promote the Dorset Walking Football League and share valuable experiences, knowledge and resources in order to attract new teams to the League. We also regard this as an opportunity to forge relationships with other leagues for future friendlies and tournaments.
The Lincolnshire FA Walking Football League is proud to announce it’s affiliation to the Walking Football Leagues Alliance. This online platform allows the league to work alongside likeminded people & organisations in order to provide the best possible playing environment for members of the local walking football community. We are excited to engage with, and learn from, all members of the Alliance to develop, strengthen and unite walking football across the country.
Jake Park (Lincolnshire FA Football Development Officer)
The Lincolnshire FA Walking Football League (LFAWFL) are pleased to join the WFLA. Our inaugural season will consist of an over 60’s league. We look forward to co-operating with the WFLA member leagues. We hope to share best practises and experiences with the WFLA and its member leagues. We look forward to contributing as the need arises and commit to avoiding any conflicts with other member leagues with their planning and scheduling of leagues.
Gary Wildsmith, Chair of Lincolnshire FA Walking Football League
Developing and launching a league in Wiltshire has been fundamental to the overall growth of walking football across the county. Some of our clubs have played league football outside the county for a while so bringing everyone together within the county was vital. We are looking to see this whole league structure develop and the evolution of the WFLA fits well with how we see this progression and will hopefully provide an excellent forum to enhance the game.
Kev Turner, Secretary, Wiltshire County Walking Football League
The PSLW (PSL Walking Football League) are very pleased to announce that they have joined the Walking Football Leagues Alliance as an affiliated member league.
We have organised 6/7 a side leagues since 1997, it seems fitting that we will now be able to offer the great game of walking football in what will soon be our 25th year.
The WFLA and its member leagues are a credit to the sport and we feel honoured to be involved with organisations/people who obviously care passionately for their sport and local community. We look forward with optimism and excitement as we aim to emulate them and provide our own local community with the same opportunity to play walking football in a safe, friendly yet competitive league environment.
Our league motto is: “Participate, enjoy and respect the beautiful game”
The Suffolk & Essex Border Walking Football League, are proud to announce their involvement in the Walking Football Leagues Alliance. We felt in order to develop, support and unify the many walking football leagues across England. The alliance promises to be a positive and constructive organisation enabling a platform for leagues to share problems, solutions, thoughts, ideas, procedures, resources and of course mutual respect and cooperation going forward.
Derek Murr – Acting Chairman
Wales Walking Football National League is delighted to have the opportunity to join our friends in the Walking Football Leagues Alliance. Our first season was in 2019, with friendly competition for teams from across Wales. Our second season has started in 2020, but it has been put on hold as a result of the current nationwide (indeed worldwide) Coronavirus restrictions. Of course we hope to complete 2020 fixtures later in the year.
When we are able to move on from the current restrictions, we hope that we will continue to make more friends in the walking football family, to share knowledge and experiences with walking football leagues in England, and to provide more opportunities for clubs and players to play walking football in a competitive but friendly environment.
Hedley Austin – Chair Wales Walking Football National League
The Staffordshire Walking Football League are delighted to join the Walking Football Leagues Alliance. The first season of our league begins in April, and we hope that having the extra promotion from the WFLA will help build the reputation of our league. We look forward to the future and providing more teams and more players the opportunity to play Walking Football in a competitive environment.
The Walking Football Northern Premier League are pleased to announce that we are now members of the Walking Football Leagues Alliance. The Alliance provides a great opportunity to learn from and, if needed, to assist our fellow leagues up and down the country.
The Derbyshire Walking Football League, the oldest walking football league in the UK, are proud to announce their involvement in the newly formed Walking Football Leagues Alliance. The alliance promises to be a positive and constructive organisation enabling a platform for leagues to share problems, solutions, thoughts, ideas, procedures, resources and of course mutual respect and cooperation going forward.
The Greater Manchester Walking Football League are pleased to announce that they are now members of the Walking Football Leagues Alliance. We felt the timing was right for the birth of this organisation in order to develop, support and unify the many walking football leagues across England.
The Essex Walking Football League one of the largest walking football leagues in the UK, are proud to announce their involvement in the newly formed Walking Football Leagues Alliance. The alliance promises to be a positive and constructive organisation enabling a platform for leagues to share problems, solutions, thoughts, ideas, procedures, resources and of course mutual respect and cooperation going forward.
The Peterborough & District Walking Football League Region 1 are pleased to announce their involvement in the newly formed Walking Football Leagues Alliance. Our mission is to get as many people playing walking football in the best possible environment.
We are progressive and forward thinking, embracing new ways in which we can improve and deliver the best service to our clubs. We will promote inclusivity and eliminate all forms of discrimination and focus our attention on our Clubs and their needs. We are also committed to learning in order to further the development of the League.
Our Mission Statement:
Working for the benefit of our members and the whole community by delivering the highest standards of service for walking football in the Peterborough Area.
The established Hereford FA Walking Football League now in our 5th season are pleased to announce our involvement in the new WFLA alliance. We are always looking at ways to grow and promote Walking Football and we are looking forward to working in co-operation with other leagues to achieve this goal.
Joining the WFLA for me was a no brainer. I did speak to The FA down in Wembley before agreeing to join up so that there wasn’t going to be any conflict, The FA’s take on it was it wasn’t going to do any harm if Herefordshire FA Walking Football League joined the Alliance. The key factor for me joining was that WFLA isn’t political and the only people to benefit are the players/teams. With smaller Counties its always trickier to promote and gain interest so by having this platform, for me personally, it can only be a good thing to help Walking Football to continue to grow in Herefordshire.
Football Development Officer (Disability, Inclusion & Recreation)
Hereford Football Association Walking Football League.