We promote and facilitate the playing of Walking Football in England as a unique amateur sport in all parts of England for the purpose of recreation, physical exercise and competition.
Who’s playing Walking Football? it is ‘traditionally’ seen as a game for over 50s in men, however, by looking at the game by age or gender, you might exclude potential participants, such as players in their late 40s with health issues, younger players returning from injury or referrals from Health Care Providers.
In fact many different age groups are playing Walking Football, due to the non-contact nature of the game and because no running is allowed. We have seen games where three generations of one family are all playing together on the same team.
Walking football offers a multitude of health benefits to older people such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke while improving blood pressure.
Positive changes in postural balance, blood pressure and resting heart rate, lowered cholesterol, improved blood sugar levels, bone density, and improving reactions, whilst slashing the odds of suffering from type 2 diabetes – all indicators of general good health.
Impairment doesn't mean you can't play Walking Football.
In fact, our experience is that activities like Walking Football can help many people with impairments. Not just physically, but mentally too. Looking forward to taking part in a fun and safe activity, meeting new and maybe re-establishing old friendships and getting physically fitter all help improve the way you feel about yourself.
The WFA have great expertise in this area with Stuart Langworthy having run The We Are Undefeatable Virtual Walking Football Team who is now involved in setting up Walking Football for Parkinson’s. Paul Murtagh is Chairman of Birmingham Walking Football Club and they run many sessions during the week for players with various impairments.
We are building a team of volunteers such as Paul Nicholls who was part of WAU team and is now WFA physio. He has Parkinson’s and is leading in this area. Steve White from Birmingham is leading in the Central area