Football is a walk in the park for Welton over-60s

Welton's walking footballers pictured at the University of Lincoln.
Welton's walking footballers pictured at the University of Lincoln.

Welton Over-60s Walking Football Club and League are recruiting people who may be interested in this new activity in the county.

Walking Football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at local village communities and is primarily designed for those aged 60 and over and in retirement. Mixed and disabled are also welcome and age is flexible.

The club is looking for new teams and players to form a mini league in the spring of next year.

Walking Football is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle irrespective of their age, as well as getting those back playing football who perhaps had to stop due to injuries or illness.

It is played in teams of five on small 3G pitches, a third of normal size. Players are prohibited from sprinting, running or jogging while the ball is in play; anyone doing so is penalised with a free-kick awarded to the other team. No slide tackles or contact are allowed.

If the ball goes off the pitch over the touchline, the game is restarted via a kick, roll or throw-in (to allow for different physical capabilities). It can be played indoors or outdoors depending on weather and available facilities.

Variations and game adaptations can be made to suit participants’ needs and capabilities.

Walking Football is currently taking place at Welton Manor Park on Hackthorne Road (LN2 3PA). Games take place on Thursdays between 11am and noon most weeks, although other days or times may be considered.

Contacts for Walking Football to help you get started are Paul Brewer (paul@imptravel.co.uk) or John Mulhall (07881 851500, johnmulcon@aol.com) or contact the Lincs FA (08449 670708) or Welton parish offices (01673 860336, clerk@welton-by-lincoln-pc.gov.uk).