We have been running our Walking Football sessions in Consett for the last two years and are looking for new players to get involved so they too can enjoy the benefits of fun, friendship and fitness. One session is for any age and the other one is specifically for players aged 55 and over.
Walking Football is a slower version of the beautiful game and is for all players whether or not you have played football before. Walking Football offers many physical and mental health benefits and is an excellent way of staying fit as well as boosting self-confidence and self-esteem.
Walking Football sounds like it might be a bit boring but believe me you will have a ‘sweat on’ by the end of the session. We currently have players aged from 26 to 76 years old.
Sessions are run outdoors (indoors over the winter) and we take all necessary precautions to ensure player safety at all times. Some players play just for fun, while others have a more competitive side and you can join in with whichever you feel comfortable with. We have recently taken part in competitions in Blackpool and our over 50’s won the plate competition and our over 60’s lost in the cup final but a great weekend was had by all – and to top it all Alan Kennedy the Liverpool, Newcastle and Sunderland legend presented the trophies.
We hope that if anyone is still concerned about coming along then please get in touch. You can come along to observe a session to see if it will be suitable for you. The first session is free and then £3 per session after that (free to anyone claiming benefits).
Some quotes from our current players:
“Never thought I would be playing football again at 61 – it’s great craic and keeps me fit and active”
“It’s done me a power of good – social, getting out (very safe), good work-out and great fun”
“I joined the walking football session a little bit nervous but I’ve not only got myself fitter, I have made some great new friends”
“Walking Football has had a real positive effect on my mental health and maintains my fitness”
“The benefits of the exercise for your health and mental well-being are evident from session one…..plus judging from our teams, skill is optional!”
“Walking Football has given me the opportunity to play the game I love”
“Walking Football is inclusive for all ages, fitness levels and abilities”
“A great way to keep fit, meet new friends and boost well-being both physically and mentally, while having fun in the process”
We are looking to give more local people the opportunity to take part, so if this is something you might be interested in, please contact Tim on 07866305686 for further details.