Dads, granddads and local town councillors are being invited to join a
game of ‘walking football’ in Memorial Park, Whaley Bridge, and
experience the fitness and fun idea that is sweeping the country.
The group plays every Wednesday at the all weather
pitch near Whaley Bridge FC’s ground in the top part of the park. The signed
entrance is off Macclesfield Road, turning into Park Road. Get togethers will
take place weekly on Wednesdays at the same time.
The sessions, supported by High Peak Borough Council and Whaley Bridge
Town Council, are organised by WellFit Health and Wellbeing. Director Mick
Owen has been running well supported games for the past year in the
Glossop area. Last October, a promotional tour with a travelling game took in
Buxton, Bradwell, Whaley Bridge and Glossop.
Walking football: getting fit and keeping well, using those old football skills
Mick says: “It makes people feel happier and healthier. We have
evidence that people who come to us enjoy an increase of wellbeing.
Between January and June last year, 40 per cent had improved feelings about
Anyone coming on Wednesday should wear casual clothing and footwear
such as astroturf trainers.
While Mick was distributing posters in Whaley Bridge, a visitor from Blackpool
stopped to discuss walking football which he plays and enjoys in the resort.
Walking Football developed slowly through the Extra Time programme
initiative by Sport England and the Football Association. It is now widespread,
with support from such top clubs as Manchester City,
Final word from Mick Owen: “Women have more places to go and do thing
Men like the link with football and are enjoying Walking Football all over the
country. Come on, men of Whaley Bridge, and have a good time while
keeping fit and healthy.”