Blackpool FC Community Trust deliver a highly successful walking football programme for over 50s at Blackpool Sports Centre in partnership with Age UK, Blackpool Council and the Older Men’s Network.
Walking Football is a slower version of the beautiful game, which is a minimal contact sport with one main difference to standard football – no running! It is a great way to keep fit, learn new skills, have fun and socialise all at the same time.
The first session was launched in December 2013 at Blackpool Sports Centre with the support of Age UK Blackpool President, Jimmy Armfield, Ex-England, Blackpool Player and Sports Broadcaster. “I only came to watch but once I was here I couldn’t resist joining in,” said 78-year-old Armfield. “Once a footballer always a footballer”.
Terri Sawkill, Chief Officer at Age UK Blackpool, who has been involved in developing the sessions said: “The biggest reason older men don’t engage in physical activity is a lack of confidence. This is about getting them out and meeting others in the same boat.”
Dave Maclean, Inclusion officer at Blackpool Community Trust states, “The development of the group has been excellent and numbers are rapidly growing. It’s great to see the same faces week in week out which is building new social circles for the participants with the added benefit of improving their health at the same time”.
Sessions run every Monday 12.30pm till 1.30pm and Thursday 4.30pm till 5.30pm at Blackpool Stanley Park Leisure Centre.
Blackpool Stanley Park Sessions are £4 each and open to anyone aged 50-plus, all standards are welcome. Call Age UK Blackpool (01253) 622812 to book your place or for more details.
Walking Football is delivered every Monday and Thursday.
Monday: 4.30pm-5.30pm at PlayFootball.net
Thursday: 4.15pm-5.15pm at PlayFootball.net
Each session costs £3 and is delivered by qualified Blackpool FC Community Trust Coaches.
Participants need to wear sports clothing, bring shin pads and wear suitable footwear as the sessions are held outdoors.
For further information or to book your place contact Age UK Lancashire 0300 303 1234.