Sport programme offers slow-placed football sessions for over-60s

Walking football at Hedworthfield CA. Coach Chris Hutchinson (middle)
Walking football at Hedworthfield CA. Coach Chris Hutchinson (middle)

FOOTBALL fans in their senior years are being given the chance to play their favourite game at a slower pace at Hedworthfield Community Association.

Walking football sessions have been taking place at the centre, in Cornhill, for the past six months, with players in their 60s and 70s regularly attending.

Now, organiser Chris Hutchinson is hoping to encourage more people to come along, take part and reap the health benefits of playing the game.

Durham Country Football Association development officer Mr Hutchinson said: “The rules are similar to five-a-side football, except you are not allowed to jog or run, only walk.

“Walking football is of low impact upon the joints and gives a good cardiovascular workout.

“The slower pace doesn’t detract from the friendly competition, though. It’s much more than a stroll in the park.”

Player Terry Wiscombe, 67, said: “Before playing walking football, I never did any exercise for many years as I don’t like gyms.

“I use to suffer a lot with my knee joints, but now, six months later, I have found that I’m fitter and have less pain in my knees, as well as losing half a stone in weight.”

Walking football is held every Wednesday at Hedworthfield CA at 1pm. The cost of each session is £1.50.

For information, e-mail or call 387 2928.

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