Walking football can help people lose weight, help prevent loneliness and positively affect overall mental and physical health.
Walking football has become increasingly popular over the last few years – and for good reason. Aimed at adults over 50, walking football has social, mental and physical health benefits.
64 year old Kathy Broadfield, plays for Birmingham Walking Football:
“I think its's a good idea, you get the camaraderie, the friendship and I lost a stone and a half. Going to the gym, I lost nothing, but walking football, pounds!”
Lorraine Robinson, 56, another player for Birmingham Walking Football, was reunited with Kathy - who happened to have been her teacher from school - through the game:
“This young lady was my school teacher, my PE teacher,” said Lorraine. “I hadn't seen her since I left school and then I rock up to football and she was only there!
There's no such thing as there's no game for women out there now. It doesn't matter whether you're 86 or 16, there's football for everybody, no?”
“The good thing is, there's no stopping you now, it's walking football so you can't say you're out of breath.”
Over 50 and feeling inspired? Sign up for the 2019 FA People’s Cup. There are two categories - walking football mixed and female walking football. Good luck!