A change of pace at Wakefield Football Centre has the over 50’s walking towards a healthy and active later life.
Our Walking Football Programme offers men a chance to continue playing the game they love as well as encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle.
Gary Hazelhurst, a former Leeds United Foundation Coach, heads the Walking Football Programme for Wakefield Council’s Sport and Active Lifestyles Department said:
“Whilst the Walking Football Programme is primarily about encouraging people to get fit and active in later life, the Programme offers so much more to those taking part. In addition to the tremendous social aspects of the programme, the fact remains that often people’s love for the game doesn’t diminish as they age. The Walking Football Programme offers people a chance to stay actively involved in the game, or indeed to become actively involved on a regular basis.”
Derek Lee is a regular participant at the sessions in Wakefield and celebrated his 70th birthday at the session we attended by banging in a couple of goals.
Lee said, “Walking football is an absolutely brilliant thing to be involved with. It’s so much fun and surprisingly challenging. The hardest thing is definitely trying not to break into a run, especially when you’re clean through on goal.”
- Walking football modifies rules to ensure suitability; players are restricted from moving at any pace quicker than a walk. There is no offside rule and an additional blue card sin bin option for players viewed to deliberately break the rules.
- We are one of a small handful of football clubs to offer Walking Football
- Over fifteen, over 50's took part in the first ever LUFC Foundation Walking Football match in February 2015.
We aim to....
- Increase the pool of competition to include other towns, cities and clubs across the UK.
If you'd like to know more about Walking Football or lend your support to expand our programme in 2016, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0113 367 6059