What is Walking Football?
Walking Football, it’s exactly what it sounds like: a standard game of football where players walk instead of run.
This new Walking Football and Walking Sport methodology reaches people of 50 years and older that until recently where out of reach for grassroots sport clubs and sport based community organisations.
While this method is very successful in England and the Netherlands, the Walking Football and Walking Sport methodology are unknown in other parts of Europe.
The game is designed to help people get fit or maintain an active lifestyle no matter what their age and fitness, as well as support people getting back into football if they have given it up due to age or injury. Current players have seen many benefits by participating in this new format of the game, including reducing lower heart rates, blood pressure, weight loss and better mobility. A recent study confirms that participants, who were all deemed to be from groups at high-risk of developing chronic health issues such as cardiovascular disease and type-2-diabetes, had succeeded in lowering their blood pressure over the eight week block – a significant result as all participants on the programme had blood pressure outwith the normal range at the start of the programme.
And it’s not just health benefits; Walking Football also offers social benefits by meeting new people and visiting new places through the game.
Social Activities & Training Sessions
All Walking Football sessions consist out of two parts:
The first part of the session is a social activity where you can meet the other players, introduce new players and discuss day to day life or the last match days.
The second part of the session will be practical on the pitch where sessions consist of fun warm up activities, football practise leading to a walking football game.