Walking Football for the Over 50’s Coming to Tamworth

A new initiative to help people aged 50 and over stay active and enjoy a kick-about is shooting into Tamworth in the New Year.

Walking football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game, aimed at the over 50s and is set to arrive in Tamworth from January 12, 2018.

This football activity is designed to help people over 50 maintain an active lifestyle, as well as helping people who may have had to stop playing football due to injuries return to the sport.

Other than walking as opposed to running, the rules are the same as the regular version of the game, therefore allowing individuals, who may not have played for years, to return to the game with like-minded people.  The sessions are recreational, light-hearted and most importantly fun!

The new initiative is being launched by Tamworth Borough Council’s Sports Development team and is designed to get people on their feet playing a 5-aside version of the game at a pace they are more comfortable with while meeting other local players in a relaxed environment.

The sessions will run every Friday from 5pm – 6pm at Wilnecote Leisure Centre sports hall, starting from January 12, 2018.  Sessions are priced at £2 per person and are overseen by FA personnel.

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet Member for Communities & Wellbeing, said, “Public health is vitally important to Tamworth Borough Council, so much so that we have made it one of our top priorities.  Walking football is a great example of how anyone over the age of 50 can still enjoy a sport, be active and meet new people with similar sporting interests.

“Thanks to the Sports Development Team, people will have the opportunity to play football again in a slower-pace 5-aside team and be able to increase their physical activity.”

To take part simply come along, or for more information contact James Hazlehurst, Sports Development Officer via email at james-hazlehurst@tamworth.gov.uk, or Mike Stevenson from Wilnecote Leisure Centre on 01827 831333 or email MStevenson@wilnecotehighschool.org.

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