Vintage Celtic Providing Senior Football For The Over 50’s
Over 50’s Senior Football
Senior football for the over 50’s in Tameside has been provided by Vintage Celtic for three years. Vintage Celtic, part of the Stalybridge Celtic Foundation, aims to promote health and wellbeing for those over 50 and to encourage participation in physical activity through senior football. We offer fun friendly football and we also have teams that compete in local leagues and tournaments.
Participation and membership numbers continue to grow as many older people realise their best days haven’t past them by. People who thought they should not be playing football at an advanced age soon realise that bringing back their youthful enthusiasm for the game is a realistic proposition. Doctors and health care professionals are also endorsing senior football for the over 50’s for it’s physical and mental benefits.
At present we play two times a week at different venues in Tameside. Mondays, 6pm to 7pm at New Charter Academy, Broadoak Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 8RF. Wednesdays, 6pm to 7pm at Active Copley, Desmesne Drive Entrance, Stalybridge, SK15 3ET. A Friday daytime session will be started as soon as a suitable venue is found. No matter what your ability, you will be made very welcome. We pride ourselves on having a warm friendly atmosphere. Click this link for the location maps of our football sessions.
We have a hard working Management Committee, with fantastic support from our partners and most of all we have a great bunch of enthusiastic members who are thoroughly enjoying their football with Vintage Celtic. Come and join us at one of our sessions and give senior football a try….you won’t regret it!
Over 50’s Senior Football Sessions
We currently hold two ‘fun’ senior football sessions per week in Tameside. Both are played on 3G artificial grass. All are open to men and women mainly over 50 years old but if you are younger you are welcome to attend, although you will be ineligible for competitions. We play in a warm friendly atmosphere, where fun is the main criteria.
If you wish to get involved your first session is FREE! and then afterwards just £3.00 per session.
Please Contact Us on this link or Phone: 07443 900290 before attending a session.
Monday – 6pm to 7pm
This session is held on open pitches with sidelines and is our main ‘football for all’ session. It is suitable for players of all abilities and fitness levels making it ideal for all first time players through to experienced players.
Wednesday – 6pm to 7pm
This session is held outdoors in the confines of a 3G 5-a-side cage and so can be more technical, and due to the fact the ball is always in play, it is more physically demanding and so is better suited to slightly fitter, higher ability players. Don’t worry if you think this may be too strenuous for you as we do break the football up with some fun based skill activities.
Competitive Senior Football
As well as playing in the Greater Manchester Over 60’s Walking Football League and the Cheshire Walking Football League, Vintage Celtic also play in cup tournaments and festivals. We have over 60’s and over 65’s squads and an over 70’s squad will be formed in the not too distant future.
This competitive form of the sport is generally played to the Walking Football Association laws of the game with matches lasting 15 minutes. The standard of play is higher and more intense than our regular sessions and so requires a certain degree of ability, tactical awareness and fitness making it ideal for people who have experience of playing regular football and would like to get back to playing the sport they love but at a slower pace.
Our senior football sessions are also ideal for people wanting to increase their social circles by mixing with people of a similar age with a common interest which is ideal for making new friends with other players who often enjoy a post session drink together. All members are also welcome to attend our curry nights which we hold a few times a year.
We also play regularly in a FootGolf league, which again is a great friendly, fun, social occasion.
We encourage people to attend who may not wish to play but who may be interested in becoming involved in other ways such as in an administrative role or as referees etc. If this is the case please feel free to contact us.
The Health Benefits Of Senior Football For The Over 50’s
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Senior Walking Football Leagues
Walking football leagues provide a great sporting and social occasion for those players who still want competitive football but at a slower pace. All league fixtures are played midweek during the late morning/early afternoon.