What is Walking Football?
Walking Football is strictly non-contact. The very rare collisions that do happen are accidental and at a low speed. So the chances of getting injured are dramatically reduced. Players are consistently reminded not to become too competitive before games and during games by the refs and other players.
“It’s Fun” stated local Walking Football player. “I enjoy the social side; it’s as much about talking with teammates as it is walking” reflected Nick.
Walking Football’s rise to popularity comes from the community focused model as echoed by NWSF CEO Jeremy Toivonen who stated “The emphasis is social and not on winning. It’s all about getting out of the house and meeting new people”.
“It’s a great form of exercise” said Karen Waud, association Chair.
Walking football is quickly becoming a great way for you to keep fit and stay involved in football. Research in the UK (where the game has been played for 10 years) has shown that it is a good cardio-vascular exercise.
You might feel a bit tired after a game, but the recovery time is much shorter than running football where you might feel the effects of a game for a few days.
So, walk don’t run, and sign up today!
The Flying Bats Women’s Football Club to shine throughout 2022 Mardi Gras parade and Fair Day activities.
The Flying Bats Women’s Football Club will join the Mardi Gras parade this Saturday 5th March with their float “United FC” as they display their love for football and the joy their club community shares.
The Flying Bats is an LGBTIQ+ women's community football club that compete within NWSF competitions. The club is the largest lesbian football club in the world. During this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras “United We Shine” theme, the Flying Bats will march with local Sydney Rangers FC, gay and inclusive men’s club. Football Australia will join the parade too, supporting the event with their float “FootbALL”.
The 2022 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras began on Friday, 18 February and ends on Sunday, 6 March. Early in the celebrations, FLB players and committee members set up their kiosk at Fair Day 2022 – the annual festival celebration spotlighting community groups and creatives.
Club President Jen Peden said “being as social as our club is, our theme United FC shows how integral it is to our clubs identity to bring joy and inclusivity through everything we do”
You are invited to the NWSF webinar series as part of International Women’s Day (8 March) & Female Football Week (6-15 May) 2022 Celebrations
Inaugural Female Football Forum - a big hit in the lead up to International Womens Day (8 March) and Female Football Week (6-15 May).
The 2022 Female Football Forum held on Tuesday 7th February, is part of a long list of activities leading up to International Womens Day (8 March) and Female Football Week (6-15 May).
NWSF along with our 34 member clubs have been working hard recently, as part of the 2023WWC & Beyond Working Party, to support female football in the lead up to the Women’s World Cup. There's less than 18 months until 20 July 2023, when the 32-team tournament kicks off in Australia and New Zealand.
One of NWSF's top focuses is to ensure females enjoy the game at all levels - player, coach, volunteer, referee. The forum, which saw more than 80% of our clubs represented, gave an opportunity for our community to share ideas and strategies for change and growth.
"This event brought together local champions of change, and we're excited that our local football community will benefit from the outcomes discussed from this progressive and creative group" reflected Jodie Camden, NWSF Board.
"The excitement is growing from our grassroots club players to our elite teams about the FIFA Women’s World Cup next year, and the boost that this will give to female football everywhere” stated Denise Robinson, NWSF's Women's Football Manager.
This year's International Womens Day theme is #BreakTheBias. With less than a month until March 8, NWSF will focus on showcasing a gender equal football family across our marketing and communications.
Both International Womens Day and Female Football week aim to create:
In 2022 Female Football Week will be celebrated from May 6-15 across NSW.
Normanhurst Eagles Football Club Normo 3's APAPT program bigger and better than ever, highlighting the strength and growth in female football.
Normanhurst Eagles Football Club ran their 2nd annual ADAPT Normo3s event on February 5th 2022. The program is a 1-day, fun-filled, 3-a-side football festival for girls from U5 to U14.
Pennant Hills Oval was a show of colour with over 150 players competing in across 50 teams from local clubs Normanhurst Eagles FC, Pennant Hills FC and Roselea FC.
“The success of Normo 3s format comes from the small, sided games giving players lots of opportunity to be on the ball” reflected Nick Deverell, event organiser and Normanhurst Eagles FC Mini’s and Junior Coordinator.
“Short games and small pitches with no keepers mean lots of on-the-ball action for all players, and lots of goals get scored.”
The NWSF board and the NWSF Women’s World Cup Working Party, along with clubs, players, referees, and coaches will come together for sharing of ideas, strategic planning and practical case studies.
The forum, which will run from 7pm-8:30pm on Tuesday 8th February 2022, will support the growth of female football participation in the north western districts of Sydney.
2022 will see 10 teams contest the inaugural Beryl Ackroyd Cup competition for women’s teams, while there will be 23 teams contesting the 10th edition of the Gilmour Cup.
Helen Armson, Chair of the NWSF Board stated “It is exciting to launch the inaugural Beryl Ackroyd cup in 2022, and it's wonderful to support the 10th anniversary of the Gilmour Cup”
Fantastic news also from West Ryde Trophies, who are going to generously donate the Beryl Ackroyd Cup (trophy) in support of women’s football.
Matches will commence on Friday 18th February 2022 with the finals to be held on Saturday 19th March 2022.