Walking Football

By now we have all heard about Walking Football – the beautiful game at a slower pace. A minimum physical contact version of the beautiful game for men and women aged 50 years or more, which is also suitable for people who may have had mobility, fitness or health problems which prevents them from playing a faster paced game.

Following on from the success of Walking Football first being launched in October 2014 at Stanley Park Sports Ground in Chippenham, Wiltshire FA are pleased to announce that we now have Walking Football in operation at various venues across Wiltshire. The sessions operate under the FA's initiative of 'Just Play' - which encompasses the 'turn up and play', 'recreational', 'informal' ethos of football, so if you want to attend more than one session a week - be our guest!

Playing the game at walking pace is a fantastic way to keep fit, it reduces the chance of injury and falls and also is a great way to meet new and like-minded people. If you are interested in participating in a Walking Football session, please feel free to come along to any of the below - come on your own or bring friends.
(All sessions cost £2)

Mondays | Salisbury | 09:00 - 11:00
Venue: Five Rivers Leisure Centre, SP1 3NR (Indoor hall)
Contact: Chris Christian chrisandpam2@btinternet.com

Mondays | Melksham | 19:00 - 20:00
Venue: Melksham Oak School, SN12 6QZ (Sand-based astro-turf or indoor hall)
Contact: Rob Bridges robbridges@blueyonder.co.uk

Tuesdays | Swindon | 19:00 - 20:00
Venue: Supermarine Sports Ground, SN3 4BZ (Indoor 3G)
Contact: Chloe Buller Chloe.Buller@wiltshirefa.com

Tuesdays | Westbury | 20:00 - 21:00 (Fortnightly from 1st Aug 2017) 
Venue: Leighton Recreation Centre, BA13 3PT (Indoor hall)
Contact: Tony Norton WiltshireWalkingFootball@aol.co.uk

Tuesdays | Corsham | 20:00 - 21:30
Venue: Springfield Campus, Beechfield Road, SN13 9DN (Indoor hall)
Contact: Tony Norton WiltshireWalkingFootball@aol.co.uk

Wednesdays | Calne | 14:30 - 16:00
Venue: Beversbrook Sports Facility, SN11 9FL (Small-Sided 3G pitch)
Contact: Jamie Lloyd-Davies jldavies@calne.gov.uk

Wednesdays | Amesbury | 20:00 - 21:00
Venue: Amesbury Leisure Centre, SP4 7ND  (Indoor hall)
Contact: Chris Christian chrisandpam2@btinternet.com 

Thursdays | Highworth | 11:00 - 12:00
Venue: Highworth Recreation Centre, The Elms, SN6 7DD (Indoor hall)
Contact: Chloe Buller Chloe.Buller@wiltshirefa.com

Thursdays | Swindon | 18:00 - 19:00
Venue: Croft Sports Centre, Marlborough Lane, SN3 1RA (3G pitch)
Contact: Chloe Buller Chloe.Buller@wiltshirefa.com

Fridays | Salisbury | 09:00 - 11:00
Venue: Five Rivers Leisure Centre, SP1 3NR (Indoor hall)
Contact: Chris Christian chrisandpam2@btinternet.com

Fridays | Chippenham | 19:30 - 20:30
Venue: Stanley Park Sports Ground, SN15 3RR (3G pitch)
Contact: Tony Norton WiltshireWalkingFootball@aol.co.uk

Sundays | Trowbridge | 11:00 - 12:30
Venue: Trowbridge Sports Centre, BA14 0DJ (Indoor hall)
Contact: Tony Norton WiltshireWalkingFootball@aol.co.uk

Sundays | Devizes | 18:00 - 19:00
Venue: Devizes Leisure Centre, Southbroom Road, SN10 5AB (Sand-based astroturf)
Contact: Chloe Buller Chloe.Buller@wiltshirefa.com

 

Read some of our current Walking Footballers' thoughts on the game below:

Tony Norton, 52: “After being involved since Wilts FA started the walking football in October ‘14  at the age of 52 where else can you find a team sport which also gives you a social aspect, meeting like-minded people and play your beloved sport after years of thinking your playing days were over?!
I do a non-physical job, had become slightly overweight and inactive, now I feel very active, lost 1.5 stone and attend an average 2-3 sessions a week. It’s great to play at different sessions, indoor and outdoor, meeting new people nearly every week and walking off after 1hr shaking hands with everyone over 50 years old with huge smiles across their faces.”

Steven Chudley, 61:  “A little poem sums it up for me:
Walk don’t run,
Enjoy and have fun
It will get you fitter
And you’ll miss that sitter
But you’ll laugh and not frustrate
Because Walking football is great”

Brian King, 64: “Walking Football brings back the memories of youth without most of the pain associated with exercise. Team sports assist you to get a bit fitter with the help of others. Something that jogging or gym work does not.”

For more information on any of the above sessions, or if you are interested in a Walking Football session in your area please email Chloe Buller or call on: 01793 486047 (Option 2 for Development)