The first year of the Walking Football Over 60's Northern Premier League has turned out to be a huge success with some high-level competition and top class, consistent refereeing.
Over the summer, teams from across the north of England have participated on a monthly basis with the standard being exceptionally high with some of the strongest teams in the country taking part.
The final round of games saw Grimsby Corinthians start the day one point clear of Redcar Strollers. Both teams then went on to win all their three subsequent matches and thus Grimsby Corinthians were crowned the inaugural winners of the competition.
Final league table is shown, and the top four teams, Grimsby Corinthians, Redcar Strollers, Sheffield and Blackburn Rovers proceed to play against the top four teams from the Southern Premier League for the National League Walking Football Over 60's Cup to be held on 1st December.
FA Charter Standard Award
The FA Charter Standard Programme is The FA’s accreditation scheme open to all grassroots clubs and leagues. It aims to raise standards in the grassroots game, supporting the development of clubs and leagues, recognising and rewarding commitment, quality and achievement.
The FA Charter Standard accreditation is for clubs who can be proud to be places where people want to play. These are the clubs who demonstrate they offer well-run and sustainable football. Clubs which achieve The FA Charter Standard status are proud to prioritise qualified coaching and safeguarding as well as the values of The FA’s Respect campaign as part of their game.
Grimsby Corinthians were visited by Chris Funnell and Jake Park from Lincolnshire FA and were presented with the FA Charter Standard Award and become the first walking football club in Lincolnshire to achieve the award.
Although only have been in existence for just over two years, the growth and success of Grimsby Corinthians has been incredible. As well as a highly successful squad of players winning leagues and tournaments throughout Lincolnshire and the North of England, the club have also achieved a fantastic reputation for fair play and a sporting attitude.
Players from Corinthians have visited new clubs in the county and provided help and advice as the clubs begin their walking football journey. Corinthians hold their sessions each Tuesday morning at the Bradley Football Centre starting at 1000. The sessions are open to players of all abilities over the age of 50 and of course those aged 49 who wish to try the game to see if it is for them.
Corinthians Secretary, Mick Hill says, “Walking Football is for everyone. It’s a fantastic game that helps improve fitness and mental well-being, the health benefits are there for all to see plus the camaraderie after and during sessions is great”.
Corinthians are actively looking to put on an evening session of walking football and would also look to support ladies over 40 who want to try the game. “Walking Football continues to grow throughout the country and this FA Charter award for Grimsby Corinthians shows that our club has the best interests at heart for our membership and any new players who wish to try walking football”.