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New Competition Gets Older Footballers to Walk On, Walk On

Older footballers from Plymouth Argyle are getting another chance of glory thanks to a new national walking Football Competition from the Football League Trust’s which kicks off in Exeter this week.

 

Walking Football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed specifically at the over 50’s. The competition is backed by football legend, Jimmy Armfield, who, comments, “As you get older the opportunity to participate in team sports lessen – ironically at the age when you most need to keep active.  Walking Football is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle despite their age, as well as getting those back playing football who had to stop due to injuries. Simply playing 1 hour a week for 3 months enables players to cover 30 miles and burn 4,200 calories!”

One of the thousands of people who are feeling the benefits of walking football is Trevor Lowman, who turns 60 next November.  Trevor said: “I’ve been saying for years that I’d love to go and have a game of football and haven’t done it. Then, when I started to experience problems with my ankle and knee, I didn’t think I’d have the chance to do it again. But the recovery has gone really well and when I saw the information about walking football I thought I would give it a go. “

The tournament features over 60 teams who, uniquely, will represent their local Football League Club and play in their official colours.  The competition is comprised of 5 regional events, with the top two in each region qualifying for the finals which will be played at The FA’s prestigious St George’s Park.

 

Dean Grice, from the Football League Trust comments, “Those dreams you have as a child of playing for your local team never truly go away, so the competition that teams represent in their local club and play in their colours.  We are also grateful to The FA for allowing us to use St George’s Park to provide our players with the experience of playing a top class venue.”

Walking Football has grown massively over the last few years and as the name suggests it is non-contact and anyone that sprints, runs or jogs while the ball is in play will be penalised with a free-kick awarded to the other team. The game is played on a pitch 20/40 yards in length and 15/30 yards in width with a size 4 football or Futsal.

Dean continues, “We want this tournament to provide the opportunity for friendly competition and to promote and help grow the game. So that more and more older people can benefit from staying active.”

 

Clubs In the South West Group are;

South West Exeter 26th

Bristol City FC

Exeter City FC

Plymouth Athletic FC

Swindon Town FC

Portsmouth FC

 

 

 

 

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