It is important to stay fit, active and healthy whatever your age. As you get older, regular exercise and playing a physical sport such as walking football can help you build and improve your strength, increase your core stability, help you to lose or maintain weight and improve muscles. It can sometimes be hard to keep steady on your feet, but this sport can also help to improve your balance.
Since we launched our walking football sessions back in July 2015, our WF players have proven that no matter what your age, the sky (or the football field in this case) has no limit! The sessions now have over 60 registered participants, and have not only given our older generation a chance to keep fit and active, but has also created a big circle of friends that just keeps on growing!
Over the past years, our walking football players have travelled the county playing friendlies, tournaments, have reached the final stages of the FA Peoples’ Cup on a number of occasions, and some of our players have also trialled for England too – and have become good friends with a number of opposing teams. They have hosted their own tournaments at The Jakemans Stadium, as well as welcoming a travelling team from Canada, the Vancouver Classics. They also hold a variety of social events throughout the year for all members to enjoy together.
Our weekly sessions have grown considerably, and the club now offer three weekly walking football sessions on a Monday evening, Tuesday afternoon and Thursday evening – offering males and females aged 45 years and over the chance to keep fit and active and to continue playing the sweet game of football that they love!
In 2018, we entered our first ever walking football league – in the Walking Football Association (WFA) Midlands League, their first game being against Leicester on the 11th September 2018. This was a very exciting development, giving our players the chance to play competitive football during the season. Since this development, we now have several teams taking part in a variety of WF Leagues.