Waltham Forest Echo

Waltham Forest Echo

Older residents invited to try 'walking football'

Weekly sessions are being held in the Feel Good Centre and Pastures Centre

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One of the borough's two current teams (credit: Age UK WF)
By Waltham Forest Echo 28 July 2022

Walthamstow and Leytonstone residents aged 55 or over are invited to try out “walking football” with Age UK Waltham Forest.Walthamstow and Leytonstone residents aged 55 or over are invited to try out “walking football” with Age UK Waltham Forest.

The walking version of Britain’s most popular sport is intended as a “fun, friendly and safe way” of exercising later in life.The walking version of Britain’s most popular sport is intended as a “fun, friendly and safe way” of exercising later in life.

Age UK Waltham Forest is inviting all older residents to take part, regardless of whether they have played football before. Age UK Waltham Forest is inviting all older residents to take part, regardless of whether they have played football before. 

One member of the current Leytonstone team told the Echo: “I am a 71-year-old woman who has never played football in her life but some of the men have played football since they were kids, but now prefer walking to running.  One member of the current Leytonstone team told the Echo: “I am a 71-year-old woman who has never played football in her life but some of the men have played football since they were kids, but now prefer walking to running.  

“It is amazing how we all enjoy playing together. It is great exercise and I thoroughly recommend it.”“It is amazing how we all enjoy playing together. It is great exercise and I thoroughly recommend it.”

The £4 sessions are held at Pastures Youth Centre in Leytonstone from 10.30-11.30am on Mondays and at the Feel Good Centre in Walthamstow from 10.30-11.30am on Thursdays.The £4 sessions are held at Pastures Youth Centre in Leytonstone from 10.30-11.30am on Mondays and at the Feel Good Centre in Walthamstow from 10.30-11.30am on Thursdays.

Eleanor Jewell, from Age UK Waltham Forest said: “We’re hoping all the excitement around the Women’s Euros will inspire the older people of Waltham Forest to join our group. Eleanor Jewell, from Age UK Waltham Forest said: “We’re hoping all the excitement around the Women’s Euros will inspire the older people of Waltham Forest to join our group. 

“Our two groups have proved very popular among men and women and are testament to the fact that football can unite so many different people!” “Our two groups have proved very popular among men and women and are testament to the fact that football can unite so many different people!” 

For more information, contact Age UK WF on 020 8558 5512 or events@ageukwalthamforest.org.ukFor more information, contact Age UK WF on 020 8558 5512 or events@ageukwalthamforest.org.uk