EFDN Walking Football Conference

EFDN Walking Football Conference

“Getting Active, Healthy & Socially Engaged”

On 20th of September 2017, in the framework of the European Legends Walking Football Tournament, EFDN hosted a Walking Football Conference at the iconic Dutch national sporting centre Papendal. An event devoted to broadening the reach of the Walking Football & Walking Sports methodology across Europe.

All of us are growing increasingly older, which makes it necessary to think of new, smart solutions to enhance the quality of life. Since beginning 2016, the European Football for Development Network is working in collaboration with 13 clubs from all across Europe on developing a methodology, which provides people of 55 years and older with the opportunity to improve their health in an encompassing way. Walking Football & Sports proves to provide participants with exactly these physically, mentally and social well being benefits.

The Walking Football & Walking Sports methodology that was implemented within the European Legends Programme, offers a valuable approach regarding ageing healthily due to its rich possibilities to engage regularly in physical activity and to engage socially.

In order to optimise the opportunities for good health for people of 55 years and older and target groups with particular health conditions, the EFDN Walking Football Conference provided the attendees with in-depth information regarding the Walking Football & Sport methodology and its opportunities.

Best practices, workshops and seminars

DSC_0350At the conference key figures that are involved in the EFDN European Legends Walking Football programme and representatives of European Football Clubs, Leagues and Football Associations were present, delivering presentations that widened perspectives of Walking Football & Sports, including the adaptation of the methodology for target groups with particular health conditions. Additionally, workshops were offered for clubs that are new to the beautiful sport and would like to implement the programme in their local community.

Among others, talks were facilitated by representatives of Sporting Memories, the Dutch national Walking Football coordinators and Aberdeen FC.
The event started at 9:30 am and ended at 4:00 pm. During the course of the day there was the opportunity to visit the European Legends Walking Football Festival.

Highlights included:

  • Release of the Walking Football Practitioners Guide
  • Dynamic Walking Football & Sports workshops
  • Insight into the opportunities that Walking Football & Sport offer for other target groups
  • Inspiring presentations providing a comprehensive perspective on Walking Football in Europe
  • Networking opportunities within the field of CSR in football
  • Visit of the European Legends Walking Football Festival

Invitation Walking Football Conference