Huntingdonshire District Council’s One Leisure Active Lifestyles team is running a number of walking football sessions, with support from the Hunts FA and Just Play scheme. Why not come along and try a gentler version of the beautiful game, meet new people, and get active together?
Since the inception of the TV advert, walking football has become increasingly popular with older people, people returning to exercise and those just looking to stay active. It’s exactly what it sounds like - a standard game of football where players walk instead of run. It’s designed to help people get fit or maintain an active lifestyle no matter what their age or fitness, as well as support people getting back into football if they have given it up due to age or injury.
The benefits of the game are the same as any other activity too: lower heart rate and blood pressure, more muscle and better mobility. Walking football is mixed gender, offering participants the chance to meet new people and make new friends. This is one sporting activity that really is suitable for all. Sessions cost £3 per person for the hour and participants are encouraged to turn up 15 minutes early to meet the coach and to complete a short health questionnaire before their first session.
Cllr Robin Howe, whose executive responsibilities include One Leisure Active Lifestyles, said: "The walking football sessions are a great opportunity for the older generation to get involved in regular physical activity. As well as the physical benefits, exercising with others has great social benefits too."
Session details are:
- Monday, 1.30pm-2.30pm at One Leisure Sawtry
- Wednesday, 12pm-1pm at One Leisure St Neots
- Wednesday, 6pm-7pm at One Leisure Huntingdon
- Friday, 12pm-1pm at One Leisure Huntingdon