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. As you get older the opportunity to participate in team sports lessens – 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 of our players say:
Rochdale player Steve Colesby, aged 71 said: “It is difficult, in a few words, to describe how much life has improved for me and many of my friends due to walking football with Rochdale AFC Community Sports Trust.
“My health and weight has improved due entirely to my involvement in walking football.”
Grimsby Town team captain, Peter Cribbs, commented: “For our generation to get to play at St George’s Park is amazing.
“We have one participant who lost his wife and went into a very deep depression, doing nothing but looking at pictures of her.
“We persuaded him to come and join the group and he has now got a new lease of life thanks to walking football.
“We also have members suffering with cancer, or in remission, and walking football gives them hope and purpose, by meeting and socialising with friends old and new.”
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.
Mike Evans, EFL Trust Director of Operations, said: “The social and health benefits that walking football has for participants are massive; 82% of participants believe that their health has improved by playing walking football.
“We want to use the power of professional clubs to help grow the game and ensure these benefits are spread far and wide.”
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.
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