Walking Football is the newest form of the game and currently the buzz word in the football World. It is an activity that gives those that have given up the chance to get back into the sport they love.
Walking Football carries all of the same rules as every day football, with the exception that is is played at a much slower pace and running is not permitted. It provides a sociable, fun and safe environment for those looking to be a little more active in their spare time.
- Players are encouraged to avoid sprinting, running or jogging while the ball is in play
- Anyone doing so is penalised with a free-kick awarded to the other team
- It can be played indoors or outdoors on different types of surface and pitch area
- Numbers per team are dependent on the number of participants at each session
Variations and game adaptations can be made to suit participants’ needs and capabilities.
In Derbyshire there are a number of successful sessions up and running (!); at Willows Sports Centre we have midweek sessions currently on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A NEW Friday session is planned for summer 2017!
We also run one of the only Women’s sessions at the Centre every Tuesday lunchtime. The group are always on the look out for new players to join in the fun, so if you would like to come and get involved, get in touch!
Why not come along and join in? You don’t have to book, can simply turn up and all you need to play is a pair of trainers! The cost per session is £3.50 and that includes a sociable coffee or tea in the lounge post game, where you can put the footballing World to rights!
“I started playing walking football because some of the guys in my bowls team started playing and talked me into it. I went down to Willows and really enjoyed it. I thought at my age playing football again was out of the question. I thought I would never kick a ball again but now I play in games! I’ve met new people and have had a good laugh and a joke… I really enjoy it” Ken
“For me, Walking Football simply gives me the chance to play again. Before joining the session I hadn’t played for about 17 years, and a few muscles and joints have certainly been woken up. It’s been great to meet all the other guys and watch in awe as 50, 60 and 70 year olds get a chance to show their skills again. Great atmosphere, great people.”Rob Tinker