Written By: Shahrom Asmani (ex-football reporter for a few magazines and newspapers)39-year old Football Crazy Person has been in love with football ever since he attended Singapore National Team’s matches at Kallang Stadium in the roaring 80’s. Has been a goalkeeper for a good part of the decade for a variety of teams but joined WaF4H last year because of the team’s mission and values.
WaF4H does not only allow participants to play football, holistically the team concentrates on various other aspects as well such as food, nutrition and personal well-being. Hopefully WaF4H can lengthen this writer’s career, be it in the football field or in the part-time writing arena as well.
2019 – In Review
As 2019 drew to a memorable close, here at Walking Football4Health (WaF4H), we have decided to do a very quick rundown of the major events that happened last year.
As I looked through the many photographs taken by many WaF4H members, a tinge of nostalgia overcame me as I realized the many significant events that took place in the name of promoting WaF4H as a Health Empowerment Movement.
Celebrity Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist, Academic Adjunct Senior Lecturer and Regional Head (ECU RAAN) Dr Dee Dee Mahmood has spearheaded this movement and gathered many research findings to prove that Walking Football as an activity has a positive effect on cardiovascular fitness for anyone, regardless whether you are an old male or a young female.
With so many collaborators such as Edith Cowan University, Australia, Toa Payoh Novena Community Sports Club, Active SG, International Sports Academy Walking Football Association, UK and many kind-hearted sponsors, WaF4H has grown from strength to strength and it will be very interesting to forecast what will be in store for this Walking Football Community in 2020.
As we bade farewell to 2019, we looked back at the types of events and activities that WaF4H was thankfully a part of. Words will never be enough to describe the various emotions every WaF4H member must have felt during these “magical moments”, hence why it is hoped that pictures do paint more than a thousand words in the review.
No amount of words or pictures can better encapsulate 2019 in review, but here goes nothing. Do enjoy the nostalgic walk along memory lane.
One of the many makan and bonding sessions for WaF4H members. This picture was taken at Chilli and Cobek Restaurant.
Dee Dee Mahmood was invited to present her research findings on Walking Football at the6th Asian Football Confederation Medical Conference in Chengdu, China.
WaF4H was featured in the Malay Newspaper for an event in February, held at Arena@Our Tampines Hub. Celebrities and ex-Singapore National footballers took part in a big-scale tournament together with WaF4H to spread the word of Walking Football to the community.
Besides organizing big-scale tournaments, WaF4H also organized and participated in mini tournaments as well.
WaF4H was one of the first few teams to use Charis Turf futsal pitch located at Geylang Serai.
One of the many extra night training sessions held at HYFA, MacPherson.
Ping Yi Secondary School pitch was used by WaF4H earlier in 2019.
Who says training only involves purely walking?
Wisma Gulab was another training venue used by WaF4H in 2019.
First training session at Toa Payoh Stadium.
Chelsea FC collaborated with WaF4H to conduct specialized trainings, especially nearing any tournament dates.
Chelsea FC’s training sessions were tiring but nevertheless fun for every participant.
Finally, thanks to MP Mr Saktiandi Supaat, WaF4H has found a stable training ground atToa Payoh Stadium.
Dee Dee Mahmood officially launching Project TEN-GEN at WaF4H’s new training ground in Toa Payoh Stadium.
In a bid to spread word about the game globally, WaF4H also played against overseas opponents. AFC Grassroots’ Football Day was held in Kuala Lumpur and WaF4H was invited to play against the Malaysian Legends in May.
Mr Hamdi Bakri playing against ex-Malaysian Legend Datuk K Rajagopal.
Mr Hanafe trying to work his magic against a tough Malaysian team.
WaF4H was invited to play in the International Community Games at Edith Cowan University, Australia, in December.
It was a gruelling tournament against tough overseas opponents for WaF4H.
Of course, who can ever forget WaF4H Men’s team participation in the Walking Football World Cup held in England.
Besides going overseas to play and spread the word about Walking Football, foreign teams were also invited to play against WaF4H. South Africa dropped by in July to play out an exhilarating 3-3 draw.
It was a tough match but both teams became close friends after the game.
Many WaF4H members took part in road shows and interviews to further spread word about the fledgling sport in Singapore and around the region.
Geylang Serai Family Carnival was one such opportunity for WaF4h to spread word about Walking Football and to interact with the community.
A chance for people in the community to have a taste of Walking Football.
WaF4H members taking the opportunity for a quick photo taking session during the tiring Geylang Serai Family Carnival.
Walking Football CEO Paul Carr and International Sports Academy (ISA) Director Joel Lim overseeing the first ever Walking Football Coaching and Refereeing Course in Asia, held in ISA headquarters at Sports Hub.There you have it, a very humble year-in-review of 2019. Once again, the words and the pictures may not do justice to the amount of hard work and dedication that every WaF4H member went through in not only playing the Walking Football games, but to oversee and administer them as well.
Let’s hope and pray that 2020 brings us another set of fond memories, and together we shall become that much stronger, that much closer and more importantly, have more fun in the Walking Football games that we play in.
Walk on, WaF4H, Walk on!
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