Walking Football Is A Life Changer For The Older Generation
Speaking to numerous people in the walking football community over the last few months, I have come to the conclusion that walking football is a life changer for many of us older folk.
To date there are 940 walking football clubs or weekly sessions in the UK. Being conservative and assuming that clubs have an average of 20 members, and some have triple figures, that’s 18,000 playing the sport and the numbers are rising.
People with serious medical ailments and injuries have embraced the game. Some, including myself, who have suffered bereavement and consequently depression, have said they would be in a dark place without walking football. The new friendships they have made and the improvement in their social lives the game has given them are immeasurable.
When the game was devised by John Croot of Chesterfield FC Community Trust in 2011, he couldn’t have imagined the extent the game would grow to in 6 years and how much walking football has become a life changer for so many people.
Ladies teams are also beginning to spring up and that’s another bonus for the health professionals who endorse the sport. There are also a number of people who cannot physically participate in walking football any longer but still enjoy being involved in the organisational side of the game.
Our own club Vintage Celtic have many testimonials from players who have found that walking football is a life changer. Apart from the obvious physical benefits of playing walking football, the mental benefits of exercise and being involved in a new social circle cannot be dismissed either.
Have you become a ‘couch potato’ since you retired? Would you like to lose weight or get back into an exercise regime? If so you would be most welcome at our walking football training sessions, come along and see for yourself what walking football can do for your physical and mental well being.