Age UK Sheffield kicks off new walking football programme

Age UK Sheffield has launched a new walking football programme for older people in Sheffield.

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 12:39 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 12:41 pm
Age UK Sheffield kicks off new walking football programme
Age UK Sheffield kicks off new walking football programme

This new local scheme is part of a wider Age UK walking football programme supported by both The Football Association and Sport England to help older people keep active and to improve physical and mental wellbeing through playing the game.

Age UK Sheffield’s walking football sessions will start this month and are held at multiple locations across Sheffield at different times on different days throughout the week, with options to play in a mixed group or a women’s only option.

The sessions are open to anyone over the age of 50, regardless of ability or previous experience. All groups and sessions will be COVID-secure and delivered in accordance with Government guidelines.

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Joanna Woodward, community development officer at Age UK Sheffield said: “We’re so excited to have launched the Age UK Walking Football Programme in Sheffield, thanks to funding from The Football Association and Sport England. Being active is so important for physical and mental health whatever your age and it’s especially important as we get older. We know and have seem how it can improve confidence and wellbeing, help older people live independently for longer, and reduce isolation and loneliness.“It’s been a difficult time for older people in our community during the pandemic, and our walking football programme will be a great opportunity for older people to feel active and socialise again in a safe and fun environment.”

To view all of the available options to join Age UK Sheffield’s walking football programme, view the timetable on their website at https://www.ageuk.org.uk/sheffield/activities-and-events/pkw or for more information, and to sign up contact 0114 553 7807