International Women's Day
Walking Football, as one of the fastest growing sports in the world, is the perfect vehicle to let women enjoy the traditional boy‘s own macho world of football In the vibe of the moment it is a true levelling up opportunity. Players aren’t allowed to run or jog, and as a non-contact sport it provides an inclusive environment for all players.
Walking Football is an excellent way of staying fit and healthy. The threat of pain, discomfort and injury is reduced by the slower pace and reduced contact Importantly it can also offer a route to play to those who might never played before.
St Helens WFC formed in 2015 had several ‘newbies‘ over the years playing purely for fun for the first time.
In 2021 our first lady member joined our ranks Anita Ashcroft was no stranger to football as she explains “I played for St Helens Ladies FC in the 1970s. Our games were played at the Town Ground Hoghton Road in Sutton under legendary manager the late Joe Grice. In my playing days I was a number 10, I once scored 7 goals in one match, I was especially good at heading the ball, which sadly is now of no use to me playing walking football. My most important game was an away match against the famous Doncaster Belles, which happily we won!
I have 2 footballing role models My Great Aunt Lizzy Ashcroft a member of the famous Dick Kerr Ladies alongside another St Helens’ lass Lilly Parr. Despite all the odds Lizzy became Captain of the team at a time of unparalleled success. My other role model would be Juan Mata I love his unassuming and quiet attitude, He is a great team player, just gets on with his game.
I joined SHWFC to improve my general health and well-being. My mobility now is not so great unfortunately. But ive been made to feel most welcome and supported by all the guys, Truly Goodfellas as we sometimes joke. It’s a great way to meet like minded people, new friends and enjoy team sport once again I’d urge any woman with an interest in playing football to come along and join us”
Sheila Darwin joined our numbers recently instantly doubling our lady playing numbers Like Anita she was no stranger to football in earlier years “I’ve been kicking a ball with my Sister and Boys practically all my life Mum would always know where to find me if the football was also missing.
I played in a team that was put together with friends from Rainhill Hospital, where my Mum & Dad worked. We played only friendlies as there was no formal league structure locally at that time I loved scoring goals so I guess I was a striker.
My role models would be Hope Powell who inspired me as England and later GB Olympic Team Manager
Steve Gerard would be my male role model I’m an avid Red since I was a school kid, He was a great player and now manager of course
Like Anita, I’ve been made very welcome by the guys and would heartily recommend Walking Football to everyone It’s a great The rules have been devised to accommodate healthy exercise and team camaraderie“
Bryan David Clark 1952-2021
Born in Battersea London on February 1952 Bryan joined SHWFC in May 2021 as part of our development project each Monday morning at Ruskin Drive He explained his desire to lose some weight but look at Walking Football as the next stage of his love affair with the beautiful game His journey through football had included a life long support of Pompey having moved to Portsmouth as a baby
In latter years he’d moved north and followed the meteoric rise of Salford City FC
In addition he served as a referee and weekend assessor A Ruskin session with WFA Referee Steve Pitt encouraged him to look at qualifying to officiate walking football matches
On the day he died he’d watched a SHWFC session following Steve’s every move, before joining team mates to talk all things football in the Club’s spiritual home the Turks Head
He enjoyed the craic and left on good form with word that he was the man in middle that night at Leigh, Sadly that 5-a-side session had to be abandoned as Bryan collapsed during the half time break
Bryan was married nearly 50 years to Pauline, with a son Gary, Daughter in Law Rebecca and Grandchildren Hannah and Sam At this time we pass our condolences to his Family and friends for their loss
We mourn the loss of our friend and team mate, Bryan a true football man
Ruskin Drive 1 Year Anniversary
Many thanks to all who attended the Ruskin Drive Anniversary at The Turks Head. A fantastic time was had by all.
Ruskin Drive 1 Year Anniversary
On Monday 20th September we invite as many as possible to join our 1st Anniversary session at Ruskin Drive. 10:45 for 11am kick off. Join us afterwards for celebratory beverage and something to eat, in the Turks Head. All Welcome.
Turks Head, Cooper St, Saint Helens WA10 2DQ
Many thanks to all who attended the AGM a most productive night.
Special Thanks to Martin Chopper Williams (The Clockface Troubadour) Below is a highlight of his set "Grandads Playing Football". Copies of his excellent CD available directly from Chopper, great value at £5
Click below for a video of "chopper" entertaining everyone at the AGM
SHWFC Annual General Meeting
Turks Head Cooper Street St Helens
27 August 2021 at 19:00
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Minutes of last meeting 12/12/2018
3 Matters arising
4 Amended Constitution
5 Chairman's Report
6 Treasurer's Report
7 Secretary's Report
8 Election of Officers*
9 Auditor Statement**
10 Any other business
* All current Officers have indicated they wish to remain in Office Any person seeking Election to any Executive Committee role must be proposed and seconded no later than 7 days prior to AGM In such instances a Vote by eligible members will be carried out at AGM
** Auditor appointed in May 2021 to comply with Club Constitution obligation Declaration by Auditor contained on Club Accounts Notes
The Old Saints
(with apologies to TNS)
Bowed out of the WFA National Cup at the first hurdle with our Over 50s falling to Everton 3-1 at Netherton, despite leading 1-0 at half time Deggsy Taylor claimed the Club's first ever WFA Nat Cup goal and hit a post as well as forcing 2 smart saves from the hosts keeper A second half collapse meant it was Everton who moved into the Draw for Round 2
Fortress Ruskin proved too inviting for our Over 60s with opponents Third Space Bolton much too organised and lethal in front of goal despite several fine saves by Barrow 4-nil the final score
Credit to our teams for their gutsy determination but we are now free to concentrate on a good League run for a European place
WFA National Cup
News from the Treatment Room
Further update from John Carson medical team
John was being put through his paces by the Physio today He's making slow but steady progress (sounds like he's getting the hang of the Club banter)
His wife enjoyed some of the Cognac the Club so thoughtfully supplied for her Birthday
This in no way accounts for the rough behaviour reports from Police in the Haydock area
WFA National Cup
St Helens WFA mark their first appearance in the National Cup with 2 fixtures this weekend
Over 50s get a glamour away tie to Everton on Sunday 4th July at Goals Netherton L30 1QQ
Kick off is at 1:00 Everton will pose a mighty challenge for Coach Davies and his youngsters playing regularly competitive games in the Prescott League
Look out for a truly Stars and Stripes day
Our Over 60 have a home fixture at Ruskin Drive WA10 6RP at 11:15 on Monday 5th July with visitors Third Space Bolton providing the opposition. Based at Leverhulme, Third Space is a community project with a number of activities on offer in the locale.
Best of luck to all involved
The Squad for the National Cup
BREAKING NEWS FROM THE TREATMENT TABLE
28th June 2021
We are happy to report John Carson has had further physio on his knees He's working hard and enduring some agony getting the work done He's back at Whiston for x rays & further checks on Monday then lots more physio Seems cheery but going through a lot of pain in recovery
25th November 2020
St Helens Walking Football Wins National Competition Prize
There was a huge boost for the Club at the start of September with the news that, we had won a prize in a major national competition sponsored by Harry's Razors. Our prize was a brand new kit and football equipment. In light of the current Covid-19 crisis, there was a delay before the finished kit arrived in the Chairman's safe keeping.
There was a goody bag for 25 players with a bright new full Umbro kit in Orange and Black, featuring the Harry's logo emblazoned on the chest, back and shorts. In addition Harry's provided samples of its grooming products.
Each player supplied a selfie modelling the new look kit, see our rogues gallery below.
Harry's selected two of our heroes to be part of their new social media film campaign. See details below:
Harry's Website: https://www.harrys.com/go/footballsotherguys
Instagram film crop: https://we.tl/t-3ydtVxkPEA
Partnerships which will feature the film:
19th August 2020
St. Helens Beacon WFC wins National Lottery Funding.
St. Helens Beacon WFC is celebrating after being awarded £4,411 of National Lottery funding from Sport England to initiate a Health and Well Being project.
The grant will allow St. Helens Beacon WFC to hold weekly Walking Football sessions for referred adult participants of all ability, gender and irrespective of age, who wish to engage in fun based healthy activity. The sessions will be completed with basic progression and develop possibilities to participate at a higher level.
The first session starts Monday 14th Sept 11.00 to 12.00 at Ruskin Leisure 3G outdoor facility.
St. Helens Beacon WFC is thrilled to have been awarded the funding:
“All Executive members of St .Helens Beacon WFC are highly motivated to make this project a great success for all who choose to take part. Without the support of the many people who play the National Lottery this project would not be possible, so a massive Thank You to you all, Sport England and all others who have supported St. Helens Beacon WFC”.
For further information about the project please contact:
Michaylo Fedyk (Secretary)
Telephone: 01744 816082 email: Michaylocossack@blueyonder.co.uk
Peter Fitzpatrick (Chairman)
Telephone: 07799 643992 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Club Captain Andy (Capt) Houghton who following successful trials will be part of the North West England Team to take part in Regional matches this year His first appearance is at Sheffield in 3 weeks time More details when we hear more.
A great achievement for Andy personally and recognition for the Club too