On Thursday 10th January 2019 we hosted a refereeing walking football workshop here at Durham FA which was being delivered by Richard Glynne-Jones, National Referee Manager at the FA.
The session consisted of both theory and practical sessions covering the safety aspects of walking football as well as the laws of the game adaptations from the 11-a-side game, before moving onto some practical refereeing. All twenty three referees in attendance took away something from the session with many referees inspired not only to officiate walking football but to also play the game.
Michael Moore, Level 7 Referee from Gateshead stated, “I really liked the balance between classroom and practical learning. I thought the video analysis were great, as you can see the game in action, rather than just words.”
John Everson, Level 7 Referee from Trimdon remarked, “I really enjoyed the workshop, if I wasn't refereeing I would have taken up playing walking football. I really enjoyed it!”
Chris McConnell, Level 7 Referee from Consett was impressed with the social side of the game, he said, “For me what was most interesting about walking football was how it brings together people who are no longer able to play full contact either due to age or past injuries. Keeping players playing and involved with the social side of the game is fantastic.”
We have walking football fixtures taking place regularly in Durham FA. Why not get involved?
If you are interested in refereeing please contact Alex Clark – Alex.Clark@DurhamFA.com
If you are looking to get involved in Walking Football we have plenty of opportunities to do so. We organise a monthly Walking Football League which takes place at Goals Sunderland – this provides a great opportunity for new referees to referee on a regular basis, we also have over 20 listed weekly sessions taking place across the County. Great time to get involved in the sport, for more information on Walking Football or to get involved please contact – Alysha.Cook@DurhamFA.com