Men kick-start fitness and friendships at Walking Football

Have you ever fancied a kick about but have been told you are ‘past it’? Try telling that to Salford Community Walking Football, who play every week, come rain or shine.

Sessions are held for those aged 50 and over at an easier pace and with no contact. And the current oldest active player is aged 74.

Eric, who is part of the team, said: “Not only is it good for you physically, I have lost two stone. But you can just turn up and play, and go home if you want to or sit around and chat with a brew if you want to, getting to know people, with no forced conversation because we all love football. A lot of men don’t want to go to formal groups, but can become socially isolated because of that, here we have a mutual interest. There are physical benefits of course but it is also a good crack, a laugh, a great spirit, and new friendships are formed.

“Football is something a lot of us have always done as lads and are now enjoying it together again.

“People might not have played since their 30s, but still love the game and watch it and don’t think they will have the opportunity to play again, but they can. If you have a love for football this is perfect for you!

Salford Community (SALCOM) Walking Football play on a Monday and a Friday between 11am-12noon at Salford Sports Village, Littleton Road, M7 3NQ. It is £3 a session and the first session is FREE.

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