Walking football is a variation of the beautiful game that is aimed at keeping people aged over 50 involved with football if, due to a lack of mobility or for other reason, they are not able to play the traditional game. Walking football has one key difference in the rules compared to standard football. If a player runs then they concede a free kick to the other side. This restriction, together with a ban on slide tackles, is aimed both at avoiding injuries and facilitating the playing of the sport by those who are physically disadvantaged. The popular sport increases fitness whilst producing the least stress on the body helping participants maintain an active lifestyle.
We started our walking football programme in 2014 to get more people active. We have found that not only does walking football benefit you physically, it also enhances your social life. National recommendations say that adults should exercise for 20 minutes, three times a week. Playing walking football smashes those targets without you even realising. Although walking football is predominantly aimed at people over the age of 50, we have found that grandparents enjoying bringing their grandchildren along to give it a go. The outcome is clear to see on everyone’s faces… Pure delight!