Secure Healthcare Solutions and Wolves Community Trust, the registered charity of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, have officially launched the partnership to bring walking football to the city during the 2017/18 season.
Walking football is a growing national phenomenon aimed at helping the over 40s and those with limited mobility to remain fit and active, while still pursuing their love for football in a fun and sociable environment.
The basic premise behind the 6-a-side sport, which can be played either indoors or outdoors, is that running is not allowed. Additionally, there’s low impact tackling and the ball must remain below head height.
The partnership between WCT and Secure Healthcare Solutions was officially launched at Wolves’ training ground and attended by first team players, Roderick Miranda, Ruben Vinagre, Leo Bonatini and Ivan Cavaleiro, who all participated in a demonstration match.
Roderick Miranda said “I have no doubt that these walking football sessions will become very popular. It’s a fun activity and it lets older people continue playing the sport they love.”
Robbie Steeles, managing director of Secure Healthcare Solutions, said: “We know first-hand how crucial it is for people’s health and wellbeing that they try to be as active and sociable as possible. Walking football is a great way to achieve both these and it is something that can be done by almost everyone. There are also many people in the city who live very isolated lives due to their limited mobility, so I’d definitely encourage them to get involved with walking football.”
Will Clowes, Wolves Community Trust general manager, said: “The trust supports the local community through delivering projects relevant to sport, health, education, inclusion and community donations. Each year, the projects delivered by WCT reach around 25,000 local residents of all ages, genders, socio-economic and ethnic demographics.
“Over 4,000 participants are engaged in sports programmes alone, with over 85 weekly sessions being delivered to the communities. Football is played by people of all ages and abilities, but as people get older they naturally become less mobile and that’s what’s so great about walking football. It’s the ideal activity for those who want to continue playing, being active and enjoying the beautiful game, but without the intensity and physical demands.”
The walking football sessions take place at Bert Williams Leisure Centre, The Dormston Centre and Wolverhampton College (Wellington Road Campus). For further information on days and times pleasecontact Rachel Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01902 687038/ 07532 411 166.