Walking Football

Over 50? Want to stay active? Love your football? Walking Football could be the answer...

WALKING FOOTBALL!

LOVE Football? Want to stay Active?

Walking Football, a slower version of the beautiful game!

The game is small sided, with no running on or off the ball, very little contact and kick-ins instead of throw-ins. With less stress on the body and no real sudden change of direction or cutting movements, the game allows participants to play in a safe environment.

Walking football has become increasingly popular and is designed to help people live an active lifestyle, as well as to support getting people back into football who have stopped playing due to age or injury. Long term benefits can include reduced heart rate and blood pressure and better mobility.

As well as offering health benefits walking football offers social benefits - the opportunity for participants to meet new people, prevent isolation and create interaction for individuals and small groups. Many sessions are increasing in numbers simply due to word of mouth within local communities and players sharing their positive experiences from taking part in the game.

Sessions are taking place across Dorset for men and women keen to come back to playing or brand new and wanting to stay healthy, make friends and socialise. We are always keen to support new sessions where there is demand and for those who want competition we are also developing a Walking Football League across the county.

There are a number of Walking Football Festivals being organised and hosted by Walking Football Clubs across Dorset in 2017. For details of the festivals taking place please click here.

The FA have now created The Laws of Walking Football to offer consistency across the country.

Sessions are on going at a number of locations across the county, detailed as follows:

Area 

 Venue

 Contact Person

Email

Phone Number

Day and Time 

Beaminster

Beaminster School, DT8 3EP  Ryan or Paul 

  ryan@ajsupplies.com

 paulnevans@hotmail.com

 

Ryan - 07803 723705

Paul - 07977 175098 

Mondays 6-7pm 

 Bournemouth

Bournemouth YMCA, Westover Rd, BH1 2BS

Chris Emms  bournemouth@activesoccer.co.uk  

07832 266025

 

Fridays 10 - 11.30am 

 Bournemouth

Littledown Leisure Centre, BH7 7DX

 Steve Cuss

steve.cuss@afcb.co.uk

 07973 893594

  Tuesdays - 10.30am - 12pm

Bournemouth

 Pelhams Park Leisure Centre, BH10 7LF

 Derek Kearey

pelhams.park.rangers@gmail.com

 07474 516915

 Tuesdays - 11am - 12pm & Fridays 11.30am - 12.30pm

 http://www.pelhamsparkrangers.btck.co.uk/

Bridport

Netherbury Football Ground

David Symonds

 davidsymonds@post.com

 07779 313121

 Sundays - 10.30 - 11.30am

Christchurch

Dorset Indoor Cricket Centre, BH23 6DY

Ray Murphy

 raymurphy@ntlworld.com

07508 431451

 Fridays - 10 - 11am

 Dorchester

 Dorchester 1610 Leisure, DT1 2HR

 Shaun Hearn

 info@kixstart.uk

 07976 363699

 Thursdays - 6.30 - 7.30pm

 Dorchester

Dorchester Cricket Ground,

Weymouth Avenue,

DT1 2RZ

 Shaun Hearn

 info@kixstart.uk

 07976 363699

 Thursdays - 10 - 11am

Ferndown

  Ferndown Leisure Centre, BH22 9EZ

   Andy Sill

  AndrewSill@pfpleisure.org

 01202 877468

 Thursdays - 7 - 8pm & Mondays 6.30 - 7.30pm (summer only)

 Poole

Bournemouth University, Poole House, Talbolt Campus, BH12 5BB

Dave Staddon  sportbu@bournemouth.ac.uk   01202 965012 Fridays  6.30 - 7.30pm 

 Poole

 Carter Community School (Sports Hall), Blandford Close, 

BH15 4BQ 

 Paul Kybert

 kybert@hotmail.co.uk

 07708 406232

 Tuesdays 8 - 9pm

 Poole County Ground, Hamworthy, BH15 4BP  Paul Kybert  kybert@hotmail.co.uk  07708 406232 Fridays - 7 - 8pm 

 Poole

The Junction, Broadstone, BH18 8AX

 Bill Patrick

billpatrick@hotmail.co.uk

 07832 266025

 Tuesdays - 10am - 12pm

 Portland

 Osprey Leisure Centre, DT5 1BD

 

 Aarron Riley

  info@ospreyleisure.co.uk

 01305 824378

 Wednesdays - 10.30 - 11.30am

 Swanage

Days Park Sports Hall, BH19 1NN

 Nick Surman

 nico74@talktalk.net

 07745 907509

 Tuesdays - 10 - 11am & Thursdays - 7 - 8pm

 Swanage  Days Park Sports Hall, BH19 1NN Nick Surman nico74@talktalk.net    07745 907509
Tuesdays 8pm - 9pm (Women Only)

 Wareham

Purbeck Sports Centre, BH20 4PH

 Centre Manager

sportscentre@purbeck-dc.gov.uk 

 01929 500000

 Mondays 7.30pm - 8.30pm 

 West Howe

Oak Academy LeAF Campus Duck Lane Bournemouth BH11 9JJ

Callum Brooks  Callum.brooks@hotmail.co.uk 07702 214233  Tuesdays - 6 - 7pm 

 Weymouth

Redlands Community Sports Hub, DT3 5AW

 Steve Tingle

 stevetingle11@hotmail.co.uk

 07854 953603

 Fridays - 7 - 8pm

Walking Football Toolkit - The FA have produced a national toolkit for those running Walking Football sessions or keen to start new sessions with tips and good practice on how to develop the game.

Check out the AFC Bournemouth Walking Football Club on this Walking Football Video produced by Access Dorset.

If you are keen to promote Walking Football in Dorset please download and share our Dorset Walking Football Flyer.

There are a number of Walking Football Festivals taking place this year, details of which can be found here - Walking Football Festivals.

For more information on Walking Football or contact information for any of the above sessions, please contact Justine Mosley via 01202 688277 or email justine.mosley@dorsetfa.com.

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