A new ‘Walking Football’ group is set to be launched following a successful pilot in Matlock.
Derbyshire is ‘leading the way’ in the development of Walking Football sessions, according to Village Games officers who have helped to set up eight
sessions across the county so far, including one at the Arc Leisure Centre, Matlock.
The ‘low intensity, high enjoyment’ sport has proved extremely popular in the last few months, leading to several new groups being formed.Before June 2014, there were just four walking football sessions across the county, now there are 15.
The groups are organised by Derbyshire Village Games and partners, including Derbyshire County FA, Derbyshire Sport, District and Borough councils, local councillors, leisure centres and football clubs.
Derbyshire Village Games Operations Manager Cathy Rooney said: “Our goal is getting people moving more and living longer by helping local people set up affordable, sustainable activities right on the doorstep.
“Walking Football is a great activity. We find that for many people – men especially - fitness alone isn’t the main goal. Walking football scores a hat trick – it’s fun, sociable and keeps you active.”
There’s no age limit for people to take part in walking football sessions, because anyone can play the game. Sessions start at Ashbourne Leisure Centre on February 24, between 2pm and 3pm.