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Football will be a walk on the park for over-50s

ON THE BALL ... Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare trustee member John Gardiner is hoping to launch South Tynesides first walking football club.

ON THE BALL ... Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare trustee member John Gardiner is hoping to launch South Tynesides first walking football club.

‘YOU’LL never walk alone’ is one of football’s most famous songs.

And it’s the message to South Tyneside’s over-50s interested in playing the beautiful game at a more leisurely pace.

Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare, based in Low Lane, South Shields, is hoping to generate enough interest to start walking football sessions.

The idea come from John Gardiner, one of the trustees of the organisation, and himself a former local footballer.

He said: “I’d been looking into walking football and I couldn’t find anywhere which was providing it, so thought ‘why not here?’

“It would great to see the over-50s come together once again to enjoy playing their favourite game.

“In South Tyneside we have a lot of people who play the game, but when they reach a certain age, they think it’s all over.

“But if we can get this up and running they can continue playing. As well being a great social activity, it has lots of health benefits.”

The game has the same rules as football, but instead of running to get the ball, players walk.

Some teams even incorporate fines for those who run, to avoid the game being played at a faster rate than it should be.

At Harton the game can be played on either the grass or 3G all-weather pitches, with both men and women invited to take part.

Walking Football encourages those over the age of 50 to remain active, as well as giving those who once played the chance to come back to the game.

Mr Gardiner added: “We would love to hear from people interested in playing – no matter what their skill. The quicker people register their interest the sooner we can get sessions set up.

For more information, contact Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare on 456 6166.

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