Walking Football 18.11.18 (6)

Biggest ever walking football tournament in Bodmin

Walking football is continuing to grow around the County and yesterday we were delighted to host our second ever Walking Football Tournament in Bodmin.

Using the fantastic 3G facility at Callywith College the Cornwall FA team were there early to set up the 4 pitches on the sunny but chilly afternoon. This was our biggest event yet with 8 teams registered including brand new side Roseland Walking Football and Saints St Austell bringing two sides resulting in a fantastic 60 players taking part on the day.

Since the last festival we have worked with the clubs involved to help improve the experience for players and following valuable feedback have made some changes to the format including a managers & referee briefing, increased the size of the pitches and extended the duration of games. The changes were positively received and the games throughout the day were enjoyable & evenly matched between the sides. A strong Lanivet team were crowned champions after a number of convincing wins with the reigning champions St Agnes finishing a respectable 3rd after winning their playoff match against St Austell Sinners.

We were also joined on the day by the current cohort of referees on the course taking place in Bodmin, this was a brilliant opportunity to give them a chance to have first-hand experience of refereeing this format of football.

The next step for the walking football clubs around the county is to now achieve Charter Standard with the support from the CCFA development team. A first aid course is already planned for tonight ensuring the teams have a qualified first aider at training and games but also meeting the minimum criteria to be awarded charter standard status.

The FA Peoples Cup will be the next opportunity for our Walking Football teams to compete in a tournament with planning already underway for the weekend of 23rd and 24th February 2019.

If you would like to get involved in Walking Football visit our page to find out more http://www.cornwallfa.com/players/ways-to-play/walking-football or contact Cornwall FA- 01208 269010 or daniel.greenough@cornwallfa.com  or phil.cardew@cornwallfa.com