The WFA Aims & Purposes

The purpose of The WFA as set out in the objects contained in the Articles, is to promote and facilitate the playing of Walking Football in England as a unique amateur sport in all parts of England for the purpose of recreation, physical exercise and competition.

The stated mission of the Walking Football Association is “To raise the profile of Walking Football in England as a unique amateur sport. To promote participation in the sport, in doing so, inspiring activity, seeking to have an impact on physical and mental wellbeing and maintaining a high standard of competitive play. Ultimately leading to success on the national and international stage.”

  • Launched in December 2016
  • The only National Governing Body (NGB) for Walking Football in England
  • Inspiring safe & social activity
  • Run by active passionate playing WF aficionados
  • Registered as a “not-for-profit” Company
  • Signed up to the SRA Voluntary Code of Governance
  • Key priorities include the eradication of running and the reduction of the over physicality currently in the sport, and the establishment of specialist WFA referees
  • Founder members of FIWFA, the sport’s international governing body

``Playing Walking Football has been the best experience I've had in years. So much fun and so many new friends, and it's all thanks to The WFA``

– Steve, West Midlands –

The WFA - Governance

The WFA. Setting the standard for Walking Football.

Based on Sport England’s / UK Sport’s “A Code for Sport Governance” issued in April 2017, we can confirm WFA compliance in the following key areas.

  1. Structure
  2. People
  3. Communications
  4. Standards & Conduct
  5. Policies & Processes

Sport England Governance

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The WFA has a clear and appropriate governance structure, led by a Board which is collectively responsible for the long-term success of the organisation and exclusively vested with the power to lead it. The Board is properly constituted and operates effectively.


The WFA’s policy is to recruit and engage people with appropriate diversity, independence, skills, experience and knowledge to take effective decisions that further the organisation’s goals.


The WFA aim to be transparent and accountable, engaging effectively with Stakeholders and nurturing internal democracy.

Standards & Conduct

The WFA is committed to uphold high standards of integrity, and engages in regular and effective evaluation to drive continuous improvement.

Policies & Processes

The WFA complies with all applicable laws and regulations, undertakes responsible financial strategic planning, and has appropriate controls and risk management procedures.

The WFA. The Walking Football Association People

Everyone below is a volunteer and gives their time to help promote and support the sport of Walking Football. If you would like to help us in the development of the game on a volunteer basis please contact

The WFA Executive Board

Walking Football

John Garrett

Head of Referees Admin - Chairman
Walking Football

Ken Davies

Head of Marketing - Director
Walking Football

Paul Carr

Chief Executive & Founder - Director
Walking Football

Karen Sharman

Director of Women's Development
Walking Football

Stuart Langworthy

Men's Over 60's Manager - Director
Walking Football

Paul Murtagh

Men's Over 50's Manager - Director

Other roles and volunteers

Walking Football

Uriah Reannie

Referee's Advisor
Walking Football

Dave Castle

Super League Manager




England Development Manager
tim ritchens


Women Over 60 England Manager
Walking Football

John Croot

Creator of Walking Football
Walking Football

Nick Johnson

Head of Communications
Walking Football

Les Burgess

Head of Referees Academy


Head of Senior Referee Development


Head of the National Association of Walking Football Referees (NAWFR)
Walking Football

Mike Allpress

Head of Social Media


MENS Over 65's Manager
James Astle


Women's Over 40 England Manager
steve perry


Club Database Manager
Walking Football

Ruth Tongue

Fitness Consultant
Walking Football

Tom Charlton

WFA Ambassador
Walking Football

Dr Gareth Lewis

Men's Over 70's Manager


Men's Over 75's England Manager

Neil Cluxton

Head of Coaching Development