Walking football is really aimed at the over 50’s age group and is very different to Association Football in many ways. It offers many health benefits to participants even though running is strictly not allowed.
It is a non-contact sport. There is no tackling, blocking, shoulder charging, pushing or barging are allowed in walking football. This is especially important considering the age group that the sport is aimed towards. Minimal risk of injury is key.
What are the reported physical health benefits?
- Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reducing the risk of stroke
- Helping to lower blood pressure
- Lowering cholesterol
- Improving blood sugar levels
- Restoring postural balance
- Improving resting heart rate
- Lower the risk of suffering from type 2 diabetes
Are there any mental health benefits?
The Walking Football Association confirm that there are many psychological health benefits. Players experience high levels of personal satisfaction and a reduced stress level even when they are working physically hard.
People who may be isolated in life have the chance to interact with others and be part of a team. Making new friends and being part of their local community can bring with it an overall improved quality of life.
Older people who don’t actually want to play walking football have the opportunity to engage too. They can become involved in administrative roles of the club. Joining their local club in any capacity can result in keeping more mentally active and having a true sense of purpose.
People take up walking football for physical or mental health reasons or for the love of the game. It can increase your fitness levels, self-confidence and self-esteem.
There are many clubs around the UK with details available from walkingfootball.com. So many people would benefit from participating in this gentle yet effective sport.
See below; the Walking Football clubs in and around Chelmsford area include:
Chelmsford City Football Club ∙ Writtle Football Club ∙ Chelmsford Sports and Athletics Centre ∙Witham Leisure Centre ∙ Plume Academy ∙ Heybridge Swifts Football Club ∙ The Brentwood Centre
Information has been sourced from https://thewfa.co.uk/