Walking Football is a great first step to fitness

Walking Football

Walking Football is a great first step to fitness

If the pace of the game is too much for you in its present form, then Walking Football might be the ideal goal to set for those looking to get active in the next few weeks.

HND Sport Coaching and Development students Hollie Cassidy (23) from Laurieston and Jamie Brewster (18) from Falkirk are running the relatively new concept at the Falkirk Campus sports hall for the next three Thursdays from 4.30-5pm. The initiative will form part of their Sports Development class project.

The game is played across the width of the hall with fun-four goals and can be two a-side or more.

Hollie, said:

"This is an ideal activity to help people improve their cardio-vascular fitness. I have seen people int heir 80s play this game and it is great for anyone who may have loved playing the game when they were younger and now want to keep fit."

Fellow student, Jamie Brewster, said: “Walking football is primarily aim for those over 50, but anyone of any age can participate and its a great way to keep active and is especially good for those who aren't mobile or fit enough to participate in a normal football game and they'll still get a feel for the sport.”  

Martin Mackenzie, Lecturer in Care, Health and Sport, said: "For a learning outcome from the unit, “Developing Potential: An Introduction”, HNC sports students had to plan, deliver and evaluate a sports programme. The “Walking Football” initiative created and implemented by the group was a great success. The students not only created a fun and informative session, but have applied sports development principals by striving to maximise participation and trying to secure the sustainability of the initiative with links to external participation possibilities. There shall be another session conducted on Thursday 26 May from 4.30 – 5.15 in the games hall (Falkirk Campus), where anyone is welcome. Be there sharp but don’t run!”

Anyone looking to take part should  turn up at the Falkirk Campus gym on Thursday 26 May at 4.25pm.

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