Date lodged: 27 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of 600 people taking part in the Walking Football Scotland Scottish Cup, how it is (a) supporting and (b) funding the organisation to ensure (i) its viability and (ii) that it is able to provide the opportunity to more participants.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 13 July 2018
The Scottish Government funds Paths for All to deliver against national physical activity priorities, including walking for health. Paths for All, Age Scotland, Scottish FA, SPFL Trust and SAMH initially developed walking football in Scotland to establish the Scottish Walking Football Network. This led to the creation of Walking Football Scotland which my predecessor helped launch on 6 December 2017.
The Scottish FA is also supportive of Walking Football Scotland, with much of the local delivery already coordinated by the community clubs and partners the Scottish FA invests in.
I look forward to working with Walking Football Scotland as the sport grows across Scotland. The new organisation already has more than 45 member organisations which run more than 70 sessions every week. As well as physical and mental health, the additional social benefits that come from playing walking football make this an excellent and inclusive game.