Sheffield charity launches walking football programme for older people
A Sheffield-based charity has launched a new walking open-to-all football programme for older people in the city, in a bid to keep the community active and well after the lockdown.
The new local scheme is part of a wider Age UK Sheffield walking football programme supported by both The Football Association and Sport England to help older people in communities like Sheffield to 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, so that it is as accessible as possible.
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.
Joanna Woodward, Community Development Officer at Age UK Sheffield said: “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.”
Please 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 please contact 0114 553 7807.