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Enjoy The Beautiful Game At A More Leisurely Pace
With the draw for the 2018 World Cup having recently been made, and the Premier League season in England reaching the halfway stage, there is no shortage of excitement around football at the present time. But while such lofty heights are clearly beyond most of us, there is still an opportunity for older people in the Staffordshire town of Tamworth to achieve their own new sporting goals. A new initiative is being launched in Tamworth to help people aged 50 and over stay active and also enjoy a kick-about in the New Year.

Wilnecote Leisure Centre
Enjoy walking football at Wilnecote Community Leisure Centre

Walking football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game, aimed at the over 50s and is set to arrive in Tamworth from January 12, 2018. The football activity is designed to help people over 50 maintain an active lifestyle, as well as helping people who may have had to stop playing football due to injuries return to the sport. Other than walking as opposed to running, the rules are the same as the regular version of the game, therefore allowing individuals, who may not have played for years, to return to the game with like-minded people. The sessions are recreational, light-hearted and most importantly fun!

Walking Football
Walking Football is aimed at the over 50s

The sessions will run every Friday from 5pm to 6pm at Wilnecote Leisure Centre sports hall, starting from January 12, 2018. Sessions are priced at £2 per person and are overseen by FA personnel. The new initiative is being launched by Tamworth Borough Council's Sports Development team and is designed to get people on their feet playing a 5-a-side version of the game at a pace they are more comfortable with while meeting other local players in a relaxed environment. Councillor Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities and Wellbeing, said: "Public health is vitally important to Tamworth Borough Council, so much so that we have made it one of our top priorities. Walking football is a great example of how anyone over the age of 50 can still enjoy a sport, be active and meet new people with similar sporting interests. Thanks to the Sports Development Team, people will have the opportunity to play football again in a slower-pace 5-aside team and be able to increase their physical activity."

Wilnecote Leisure Centre
Enjoy the facilities at Wilnecote Community Leisure Centre

To take part simply come along, or for more information contact James Hazlehurst, Sports Development Officer via email at, or Mike Stevenson from Wilnecote Leisure Centre on 01827 831333 or email
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Why? Opportunity For The Over 50s To Enjoy New Style Of Football
When: From 12 January 2018
Phone: 01827 831333
Where: Wilnecote Community Leisure Centre, Tinkers Green Road, Tamworth B77 5LF
Cost: £2 per person
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