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Age UK Essex Charitable Trophy

The Essex Walking Football League has teamed up with Age UK Essex to hold an annual charity tournament. This first one was held on Sunday 16th July 2017 at the Memorial Ground, Little Oakley, Essex CO12 5ED, the home of Little Oakley FC. The crystal trophy being kindly donated by the current EWFL Chairman, Derek Murr. NB: The Rules Committee reserves the right to change the format of this event each season.


The Rules Of The Charitable Trophy Competition


All matches will be played under the Essex Walking Football League rules. These are based on the FA's original LOTG template and our competition rules have been adjusted to ensure that no physical contact is made in order to win the ball or gain an advantage without taking the ball cleanly and thereby ensuring all game play is fair.


A club can enter teams of NINE players consisting of three over 50's, three over 60's and three over 65's for an entry fee of £50.00 per team. It is strictly three of each age group and the starting line up is to be two from each age group. We want to make this inclusive as possible for all ages.The tournament principles are based on fair play and obviously this includes the physicality of the players. 


All proceeds inc. entry fees (less matchday fees) from the event are to be donated to Age UK Essex. The competition entry fee must be made by bank transfer to 'Essex Walking Football League' no later than the 30th June 2018. All clubs can make further donations to Age UK Essex on the day. NB: All donations and competition entry fees (less matchday fees) will be donated to Age UK Essex after the competition. The competition is also open to non-EWFL clubs.


The format of the tournament is as follows:

  • All pitches are to be compliant with EWFL Rules.
  • A team shall be NINE players consisting of three 3 over 50's, three over 60's and three over 65's players. It is strictly three of each age group and the starting line up is to be two from each age group.
  • The competition is open to all EWFL clubs/teams and non-EWFL clubs/teams residing in Essex.
  • The initial stages of the competition are to be a series of 'round-robin' games based upon a mini-league 'group stages' format.
  • There is to be six players on each team on the field of play plus a maximum of three ('ro-ro') substitutes.
  • Each game will be played with a minimum game time of 15 minutes in length or a maximum of 20 minutes in length.
  • There will be at least one Referee per pitch.
  • At the round-robin mini-league 'group stage' there will be three points for a win and one point for a draw.
  • The winners (and runners-up**) of each mini-league will go through to a knockout stage. Should there be situation where two teams have equal points at the end of the 'round-robin' stage, either as a potential winner or runners-up, the team with the highest goals scored will go through to the semi-final knockout stage. Should it still be equal on goals scored, the winner will go through on the largest goal difference. Should it still be equal on goal difference the winner will go through on a toss of a coin.
  • The winners (and runners-up**) of each mini-league are to play in a knock out semi-final stage. 
  • The winners of each semi-final will play each other to contest for the Age UK Essex Charitable Trophy.
  • Should any game in the semi-finals or final be a draw at the end of normal time the teams are to take a series of at least five penalties each to decide a winner. 
  • The winner of the trophy (and its presentation box) is to retain it for one year and it is to be returned to the EWFL when requested before the next Charitable Trophy tournament the following year.

** Being dependant on amount of teams entering the competition.


The winners for 2017 were Walton Swifts and they played Little Oakley Acorns in the Charitable Trophy Final. A sum collected at the event was £306, which was donated to Age UK Essex.

The teams for the 2018 event were:
Little Oakley
Southend WF
Chelmsford City
Clacton Knights
Walton Swifts (Current holders of the trophy)
Eastwood Falcons Yellows
Eastwood Falcons Blues
Leyton Orient A

Harwich Hornets

Leyton Orient B

The Season 2018 tournament was be held at the Len Forge Centre, home of Eastwood Falcons on Sunday 15th July 2018. Number of competing teams was restricted to sixteen teams of which, thirteen played on the day. The 2018 winners were Leyton Orient WF and the Runners-Up, Chemico FC. 


The EWFL donated £500.00 to the charity from the tournament fees received. Further individuals donations were also made on the day.

The registered charity details are: Registered charity number 1091058. Company number 4309519. Registered in England & Wales ® Age UK Essex 2018.

Charitable Trophy Winners 2018

Heather Plaxton of Age UK Essex presenting trophy to Leyton Orient WF

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