Walking Football, as the name suggests, is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game which is aimed specifically at the over 50’s,
The game is a great way for the older generation to continue to enjoy sport, stay active and keep fit. Blackpool and England Legend Jimmy Armfield is our walking football ambassador; Jimmy comments, “As you get older the opportunity to participate in team sports lessen – ironically at the age when you most need to keep active. Walking Football is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle despite their age, as well as getting those back playing football who had to stop due to injuries. Simply playing 1 hour a week for 3 months enables players to cover 30 miles and burn 4,200 calories!”
Walking Football has grown massively over the last few years and football community trusts around the county run regular sessions. Here’s what some our player say,
“Once again I can enjoy playing the game I love, we make new friends and the banter is great.”
Paul, Derby County
Les who plays Walking Football at Blackpool said I retired 6 years and started piling on the weight. Then I tried walking football, I’ve lost two stone and feel much healthier.”
For more information contact your local Community Trust (Link to Map)
The Walking Football Cup
The EFL Trust runs the Walking Football Cup every year around May and June. EFL Clubs through their community trust each hold a local competition. The winners then represent their club and play in their official colours at a regional level. The top two in each region then qualify for the finals which was this year played at Aston Villa’s training ground.
Dean Grice, from the EFL Trust comments, “Those dreams you have as a child of playing for your local team never truly go away, so the competition that teams represent in their local club and play in their colours.
To find out more about Walking Football near you please email firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know where you are based and your nearest EFL Club.