We have set up and currently deliver a walking football session to men in and around the Penketh and Great Sankey area who are over 60 who face multiple barriers in progressing and improving their life opportunities with thier physical and mental health once retired. This includes isolation, lack of confidence and reduced physical and mental wellbeing. By using flexible and adaptable formats of the game of football such as walking football, our aim is to continue to involve members of the community who would benefit from participation.
Walking Football rules limit the way the players can move around the pitch. By this rather than any other format of the game, we strive to create a safe space to play and as the players have the same limitations, they will play on similar levels. From playing regularly together, the participants will not only have fun, but achieve better fitness levels and be more socially active, giving them the chance to meet new people and form new friendships The funding will be spent on hiring a venue on a weekly basis, to play the game and to socialise afterwards, and engaging a qualified coach to run the sessions.
From our involvement with this and other similar ventures, which have been succesful we are aware of the impact on the players by regular attendance at the sessions has on their physical and mental health.