Walking football is a variant of association football 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. The sport can be played both indoors and outdoors. Walking football is growing in popularity and there are now said to be over 800 walking football teams in the UK.
The rules of walking football are very similar to association football, however there are some differences. The teams are smaller (between five and seven-a-side), free kicks are indirect, throw ins are replaced with kick ins, the offside rule doesn’t exist, the ball must be kept below head height and, of course, anything so much as a jog is prohibited. The Pickaquoy Trust is part of the Community Planning’s Positive Ageing Delivery Group; and through walking football we are able to contribute to introducing new activities that assist in making more people more active through physical activity. With backing from the Football Association, there’s a real buzz about the sport’s future. In 2014, the National Tournament took in 18 teams from around the UK and last year it grew to 82. A Walking Football World Cup has also been hinted at. So, if you are over 50 and you thought your football career was over, think again! Dust off your football kit and fall back in love with the beautiful game.
Our weekly sessions are:
- Mondays 1pm – 2pm
- Fridays 7pm – 8pm until 9 June (excl. 26 May)
If you would like further information regarding the weekly sessions, please contact Mark Stillwell on firstname.lastname@example.org