Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust are in the market for some January transfer business, recruiting new players for its Walking Football sessions.
As the name suggests, Walking Football is a slow-paced version of the game, often aimed specifically at the over 50s age group – though SET will welcome members of any age.
Sessions take place on a 4G pitch at Amersham & Wycombe College (Flackwell Heath Campus, Spring Lane, HP10 9HE) every Tuesday from 7-8pm.
The game is a great way for those who are no longer willing or able to play the game they love at full speed, still stay active and keep fit.
Walking Football is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle despite their age or physical condition, as well as getting those back playing football who have previously had to stop for whatever reason
Despite the fact that no running is allowed, the walking format of football is surprisingly tiring, and you certainly work up a sweat. Simply playing one hour a week for three months enables players to cover 30 miles and burn 4,200 calories!
In addition to the physical benefits gained from getting involved, there are huge social benefits as well. The sessions run by WWSET, which are done in partnership with our local Berks & Bucks County FA, are extremely relaxed and the guys who already attend are a very friendly bunch, who love nothing more than a laugh and a joke.
Here’s what a few of the players had to say about the sessions…
“…This is now the first thing in my diary each week. I have always struggled with regular exercise like gym sessions as I get bored so easily. Walking football is a great way of getting exercise and enjoying my favourite sport at the same time!”
“…I’m an asthmatic and the walking football sessions hugely improve my fitness"
“I just love playing and the banter is brilliant and we have all become such friends.. in two years there has not been one serious argument.. though the banter arguments are terrific.. everybody gets included in the game whatever their level and there are no cliques.. its competitive without being silly about it, nobody gets upset if you make a mistake…in fact, that is where most of the banter comes from… we all shake hand at the end of a game”.
“It’s fantastic for the Berks & Bucks FA to see the Wycombe Walking Football sessions doing so well. Not only do the sessions give the players regular exercise, but they also give them an opportunity to make new friends and have a laugh. Seeing the joy on people’s faces is what drives the both Berks & Bucks FA and WWSET on to improve and grow the Walking Football provision!” – Quoted from the Berks and Bucks Football Association.