Although Walking Football shares some similarities with regular association football, the two have many differences. The biggest difference is that running is off-limits - this includes jogging! But you can 'walk' as fast as you want, as long as 'one foot is in contact with the ground at all times'.
Created in 2011, Walking Football was created for the older generation, with age-appropriate and very simple rules designed with health and safety as the paramount consideration.
We play on small pitches with small goals and typically six-a-side teams.
All the skills and memories you've made over possibly decades of watching and playing will come flooding back to you when playing Walking Football. It's the game you love and remember, played in a new way!
Walking Football offers a multitude of health benefits to older people, including reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and strokes. It promotes positive changes in postural balance, blood pressure, cholesterol, resting heart rate, blood sugar levels and bone density, all of which are indicators of general good health.
Walking Football is an excellent way of staying fit and healthy - studies have shown it can be effective in the treatment of mild to moderate hypertension, and it can produce high aerobic activity with marked improvements in fat oxidation and aerobic power.
Importantly benefits are felt whilst having fun, which makes people far more likely to exercise rather than perhaps just seeing it as a chore.
There are also many psychological and mental health advantages to playing Walking Football as participants experience high levels of personal reward and satisfaction. Walking Football gives an often isolated section of the community the chance to become involved in something they really enjoy, make new friends and generally increase their overall quality of life.
As we get older, many of us struggle with our balance, strength, stamina, weight and worst of all confidence and self-esteem levels. Walking Football has the potential to make a significant impact by building body strength, improving muscles, core stability and losing weight as well as boosting self-confidence and self-esteem.