A modified football program aimed at getting NSW ageing population active has been announced by Football NSW.
Football NSW has officially launched Walking Football programs in collaboration with FNSW Associations and Community Clubs. Walking Football programs are facilitated to provide male and female players the opportunity to continue playing or participate in football for the first time in a fun, sociable and inclusive environment.
The program focuses on passing rather than speed/running; flexible with its formats and accessible to the community and prospective players. The partnership between Football NSW and NSW Government – Family & Community Services will develop sustainable and ongoing programs to encourage older people to make exercise a normal part of their routine.
The program will highlight the health, wellbeing and social benefits of regular football and exercise activities for older people.
WHAT IS WALKING FOOTBALL?
- The Football NSW Walking Football programs are a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at over 50s (male and female).
- Matches are played on weeknights with modified formats (5 v 5/6 v 6) on smaller pitches with shortened game times;
- Walking Football is non-contact with the Walking Rule defined as ‘always having one foot on the ground’
FOOTBALL NSW Walking Football Centers
- Nepean Football Association
- Gladesville-Hornsby Football Association
- Canterbury & District Football Association
- Hills Football
- Football South Coast
- Manly Warringah Football Association
Football NSW Walking Football programs are designed to help people maintain an active lifestyle; and promote participation of the beautiful game in a fun, inclusive and social environment.