The England Walking Football Community (EWFC) are very pleased to share some more exciting news.

Sophie Bartup joins The EWFC Council

The EWFC Council are delighted to welcome Sophie Bartup to the Council as the new Football Development officer . Sophie is an experienced player, FA certified Level 2 coach and an FA Coach mentor. Her love of the game and determination left us all in no doubt that she will be a huge asset to The EWFC .

We are looking forward to Sophie not only helping the council move forward in our ambitious plans but hoping that all the players and managers will appreciate the support she will give them, with her 5 years walking football experience including her being a FA Coach Mentor.

Sophie will continue with her role as Founder/Director of Football at Barton Inclusive Football Club, where she has received an unsung hero nomination in this years BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards airing this Sunday. Good Luck Sophie from everyone at The EWFC .

“I am extremely excited to join the council of the England Walking Football Community in the role of Football Development Officer

I have been involved in Walking Football since 2015 during my time working at The Lincolnshire Football Association as a Football Development Officer; and witnessed the growth of the game, in which I now run a club based in Barton-upon-Humber.

I am passionate about Walking Football, and committed to working with the EWFC to continue to support growth, and most importantly within my new role, to work closely with the England teams, both men’s and women’s at all ages to build on the excellent work that has already been achieved.

I will be working directly with the teams, managers and coaching staff to develop our England identity, providing a platform for all teams to work collaboratively with one another, learn from each to ultimately produce professional world leading groups, both on and off the pitch.

I have spoken at length in the past week with the council, and I feel confident that we have a shared understanding of where we believe our England teams should be positioned, not just on the pitch, but in terms of other areas such as psychology and nutrition, which are crucial to achieving our targets.

I am incredibly excited to start my role, looking forward to meeting our coaching staff and players, and feel privileged to join the EWFC, in which I’ll do my very best to make a positive impact.”



December 2020