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Discussions are underway between the Sports Development of the University of Essex based on the Colchester Campus and the EWFL's Chairman, Derek Murr to set up a colloboration between the two organisations. The purpose of the colloboration is the development of Walking Football at the University as part of their Sports Development programme including it being part of their Football Leadership programme. The University will be holding Walking Football sessions, which will be led by student volunteers who are either FA Coaching qualified or working towards their FA Coaching qualification. 


With the initial guidance of the EWFL they will be seeking to make these sessions as inclusive as possible so the ethos behind them will be to encourage a non-contact, friendly environment where participants can keep fit, improve their co-ordination and socialise after the sessions. An ethos that the EWFL subscribes to itself. 


Furthermore, the University are hosting a Walking Football Tournament to promote their new indoor arena on the Colchester Campus on Saturday 7th April 2018 between 12:00pm at 15:00pm. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for all the local WF enthusiasts to test their skills in friendlies against local clubs. The 'local' WF Clubs thay have been invited to attend are Colchester Phoenix; Clacton Knights; Foxash; Halstead; JPS Clacton; Little Oakley; Sudbury; Walton Swifts. The competition rules for this event are expected to be the rules as promoted by the EWFL. The EWFL are also expecting to provide some Referee mentoring on the day.

The Essex Walking Football League ('EWFL') is looking for a Fixtures & Results Secretary, Players Registration Secretary and Referee's Development Officer to join their team of officers. The candidates do not need to be a EWFL registered player or be aged over 50. As with other League Committee roles they are voluntary. For a brief description of the role and responsibilities go to the Documents page. If you are interested in taking up this role please contact the League Chairman, Derek Murr by email on

We are sure that all teams were looking forward to Sunday’s EWFL Over 50's tournament at Romford. On Friday morning Terry Rice of TRA Romford and members of the EWFL Committee discussed the potential impact on the event of the inclement weather that has been widely forecast for the UK this weekend. 


In the circumstances we agreed to postpone the event. We know that all teams will be disappointed about this but we have a duty of care to our players, whose health and welfare are of paramount importance. We will be in touch with all over 50's teams shortly to advise them of the revised date for this event.


We hope that you are looking forward to participating in a rapidly expanding sport.  My EWFL colleagues and I are keen to influence the continuing development of Walking Football and we are seeking to foster a healthy and safe environment in, which its participants, regardless of their abilities, can enjoy themselves. The Rules we have put in place this season have been designed to help achieve this. The growing success of the EWFL and the sport generally will be influenced by the key role our Referees and teams will be playing this season.  


Our aspirations are built upon the following principles:


  • Whilst we expect games to be competitive they must be played in the intended spirit of walking football. It is important that all players try to avoid physical contact with others and adhere to the main requirement; that they may only walk! 
  • We expect and encourage good sportsmanship from players and team officials. 
  • The EWFL will support its Referees fully in the actions they take to enforce our zero-tolerance policy against physical contact, aggressive behaviour that could cause injury, physical abuse, the use of offensive language and argumentative behaviour directed at anyone involved in the sport.
  • We do expect consistency in the application of the matchday rules but we should never lose sight of the fact that most players are playing to enjoy themselves.
  • We expect temporary timed suspensions to be used (‘blue card’) and permanent exclusions (‘red card’) when necessary. These sanctions are important to securing a safe and credible sport.


Full details of all the EWFL fixtures and league tables will appear on the Essex Walking Football League web page:


Best of luck to all our clubs, our teams and players for the season and don’t forget to enjoy it!


Kindest regards.


Derek Murr


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Derek Murr, current Chairman of the Essex Walking Football League (‘EWFL’) says. “I am extremely pleased to announce that we have secured a new partnership with Prostate Cancer UK. With a growing number of people getting behind Men United against the fight against the most common cancer in men, linking our League with Prostate Cancer UK is a great way to reinforce our profile as a socially responsible organisation to drive up our membership and to raise vital funds for their important work. Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and your risk increases with age. The average age for men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer is between 65 and 69 years. One man in eight will contract prostate cancer, so it is imperative that the walking football community helps and support this very important charity. Our intention is to build a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship with Prostate Cancer UK by working together. We have agreed some initial objectives between us and they will provide account support and will celebrate our partnership in the media.”


The Knockout Cup Competion Rules can be found on the 'EWFL Knockout Cup' page.


Prostate Cancer UK is a registered charity in England and Wales, with a registered number of 1005541 and in Scotland with a registered number of SC039332. Their Registered Company number is 02653887.


All funds collected on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK will be auditable, transparent and complaint with the agreement reached between the Essex Walking Football League and Prostate Cancer UK. Funds will be transferred to Prostate Cancer UK after each round of the cup competition.


For more information on Prostate Cancer and how it could affect you go to their web site at

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