Walking football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at the over-50s, designed to help men and women maintain an active lifestyle despite their age and capabilities.
Walking football carries all the same rules of football except one – sprints, runs or jogs whilst the ball is in play will be penalised with a free-kick awarded to the opposition.
There will, however, be plenty of water and stretching breaks throughout the game to help those of us who are, or have passed, their sell-by date.
Having been an early exponent of the game at sessions run by Riverside Football Club at West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton, I must admit that being a Conservative politician has a lot of advantages over being tackled by gentlemen of rather stout build who find that, even at a walking pace, great difficulty in stopping.
However, I would recommend that all over-50s give it a try and sessions are being run by the borough council from April 20 at Kirk Hallam Community, Technology and Sports College’s 3G outdoor pitch every Monday from 7pm to 8pm at the paltry cost of £3 per session (not even the price of a pint).
The only equipment required is comfortable clothing, trainers and an appetite for a good time.
For any further information on this or other activities, please contact Toni Jantschenko , Village Games co-ordinator at the borough council, on 07584 856292.