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!
The game is rapidly expanding, giving thousands of participants much valued health and social benefits. The competition is increasing with many players of all levels lacing up their boots to try and find the skills from inside the nostalgia locker.Walking Football United
On Tuesday morning’s from 10am-11am we hold our more competitive session. We often get invited to play in tournaments so this is the perfect way to keep the skill levels high.
On Wednesday morning’s from 10am-11am we hold a Women only session.
On Thursday morning’s from 10am-11am we hold our beginners session. This session is more like a leisurely stroll. We take the competitiveness away and focus on relaxing and having fun.
On Friday afternoons 12.30pm – 1.30pm we hold a disability open session.