Older footballers from Stevenage FC are getting another chance of glory thanks to a new national walking Football Competition from the Football League Trust’s which kicks off in Luton this week.
Walking Football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed specifically at the over 50’s. The competition is backed by football legend, Jimmy Armfield, who, comments, “As you get older the opportunity to participate in team sports lessen – ironically at the age when you most need to keep active. Walking Football is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle despite their age, as well as getting those back playing football who had to stop due to injuries. Simply playing 1 hour a week for 3 months enables players to cover 30 miles and burn 4,200 calories!”
The tournament features over 60 teams who, uniquely, will represent their local Football League Club and play in their official colours. The competition is comprised of 5 regional events, with the top two in each region qualifying for the finals which will be played at The FA’s prestigious St George’s Park.
Dean Grice, from the Football League Trust comments, “Those dreams you have as a child of playing for your local team never truly go away, so the competition that teams represent in their local club and play in their colours. We are also grateful to The FA for allowing us to use St George’s Park to provide our players with the experience of playing a top class venue.”
Walking Football has grown massively over the last few years and as the name suggests it is non-contact and anyone that sprints, runs or jogs while the ball is in play will be penalised with a free-kick awarded to the other team. The game is played on a pitch 20/40 yards in length and 15/30 yards in width with a size
Dean continues, “We want this tournament to provide the opportunity for friendly competition and to promote and help grow the game. So that more and more older people can benefit from staying active.”
Walking Football sessions at Stevenage FC take place every Wednesday from 10-11am at Shephalbury Sports Academy, in blocks of 10 weeks. The course costs £20 for 10 weeks or £3 per session.
Our next block starts on Wednesday 29th July. The online booking form will be available around two weeks before it starts and can be accessed by going to www.participant.co.uk/sfcf
. Until then, you can participate by paying for individual sessions on the day. If you have any queries, please call 01438 222 222.